Entry Requirements

“Teachers inspire and lead young people…. their role is vital, unique and far-reaching”. (General Teaching Council (England) Statement of Values: July 2006)

We are looking for high calibre candidates who are keen to train on a school-centred programme, rather than via a traditional university route, working closely with one another and with their tutors and mentors. Our approach to initial teacher education aims to be as personalised as possible, taking into account any relevant prior experience and promoting reflective learning from the start of the course. We currently offer places for 38 people, so being part of the group is an important aspect of the training.

WPSC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service 

Minimum entry requirements are:

GCSE in Mathematics, English Language, and Science at grade C or above

A good first degree (honours) in any subject with a 2:2 or above classification

A pass in both the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests

The equivalent of a minimum of two weeks’ recent prior experience with children in inner-city maintained schools


GCSE in Mathematics, English Language, and Science at grade C or above

If you do not have a GCSE or equivalent O-level in Mathematics or Science you can provide evidence of being at the necessary standard required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership regulations by passing an equivalency test. We currently recommend the following test organisation: Equivalency Testing.  We prefer applicants to have a GCSE or equivalent O- level in English Language at grade C or above. Qualifications in Adult Literacy and Numeracy are not regarded as equivalent to GCSE.

Original certificates of GCSE or equivalents must be produced at interview. If an applicant is awaiting the award of a GCSE or equivalent the certificate of proof of this must be provided no later than 31st August.

A good first degree (honours)in any subject with a 2:2 or above classification. 


A first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at a level 6 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). An Honours degree comprises 360 HE credit points of which 90 must be at level 6. As two of the modules undertaken for the PGCE are at Master’s level (level 7) it is expected that applicants will have at least a 2:2 in their first degree. 

Proof of First Degree

The original certificate of a first degree must be produced at interview. Proof of first degree is essential before entry to the ITT course and if degree certification is delayed for any reason, WPSC will seek written confirmation of the degree status from the awarding institution.

If an applicant is awaiting the results of a first degree being completed in the year of application, written proof of this award must be provided no later than 31st July and the original certificate must be seen as soon as it is produced by the awarding institution.

Overseas Qualifications

Applicants with qualifications from overseas are advised to have their qualifications verified by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) before applying for one of our courses. They will need to bring the NARIC proof of recognition of their qualifications to any interview.

It is vital that you are able to read and understand English well. Without this ability, you will find it difficult to follow the taught course, participate in tutorials, and teach classes in your placement schools. If English is not your first language, you will have to demonstrate a satisfactory level of English language proficiency.

For ITT courses, we currently accept the following evidence of satisfactory competence:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum overall score 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 for writing and 6.5 for reading).
  • TOEFL (Test for English as a Foreign Language): 650 in the paper-based test; 280 in the computerised test; 114 in the internet-based test.
  • Cambridge Certificate in the Proficiency of English: Grade A or B.

A pass in both the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests.

You may book your skills tests as soon as you have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training. Applicants who have already passed their skills tests at the time of interview will be looked upon favourably. 

Support for the professional skills tests can be found at;

Wandsworth SCITT and Kingston University offer workshops for those requiring support prior to taking the numeracy skills test. Please call us on 020 8772 9528 for details of the next training being held at Wandsworth SCITT's training suite at Alderbrook Primary School.

The equivalent of a minimum of two weeks’ recent prior experience with children in inner-city maintained schools

Having experience in a primary school before your training year ensures you are making a well-informed decision, based on a sound knowledge of the demands and expectations of the job. 

If you have not yet got this experience, you need to demonstrate readiness to take this up before joining the course. It is advised that candidates state clearly on their application form when and where they have arranged to acquire the necessary school experience if they have not completed this before submitting their form to UCAS Teacher Training.

Finding a placement for school experience

If you need support to find a placement for school experience please register with Train to Teach to access their School Experience Programme (SEP) . You can book school experience through the SEP portal at one of the participating schools on the database.

Alternatively, contact us directly on 028 772 9528 to arrange a placement in one of our partner schools.