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 up to 30 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:


A standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE Mathematics, English Language, and Science

A first degreeof a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and health checking processes identifying no concerns about suitability to teach

Competency in the fundamental skills of English and maths


GCSE in Mathematics, English Language, and Science 


Trainees must  achieve a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (or C and above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics and science.

Equivalency tests will be considered from recognised institutions if GCSEs, or their equivalent,  are not held.

You will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.

We currently recommend the following test organisations:


Equivalency Testing 


A Star Teachers


Qualifications in Adult Literacy and Numeracy are not regarded as equivalent to GCSE.

Original certificates of GCSE or equivalents should 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  


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 typically 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.

You will need to bring the NARIC proof of recognition of their qualifications to any interview.


Competency in the fundamental skills of English and maths


All prospective teachers are expected to be competent in the Fundamental Skills for English and mathematics.

In September 2019 it was announced that the Professional Skills Tests will be replaced by centre-led assessment at the end of the 2020 recruitment cycle. This means that applicants for teacher training with a September 2020 start will not be required to sit professional skills tests. 

We will use diagnostic activities during the recruitment process to see where applicants are at the initial stage of their journey to become a teacher. These will be used to inform training needs so that we can help ensure that all fundamental skills are secure before the end of the training year.

By the end of the teacher training year, all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  • Speaking, listening and communicating
    • Use standard English grammar, clear pronunciation and vocabulary relevant to the situation to convey instructions, questions, information, concepts and ideas with clarity.
    • Read fluently and with good understanding.


  • Writing
    •  Write clearly, accurately, legibly and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation.


  • Maths
    • Use data and graphs to interpret information, identify patterns and trends and draw appropriate conclusions.
    • Interpret pupil data and understand statistics and graphs in the news, academic reports and relevant papers.
    • Complete mathematical calculations fluently with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. 
    • Solve mathematical problems using a variety of methods and approaches including: estimating and rounding, sense checking answers, breaking down problems into simpler steps and explaining and justifying answers using appropriate language.


Support materials

The following texts/websites are very useful sources of support:






Carol Vorderman ‘Help Your Kids With…’ books. There is a very good selection of  English and Maths books - outstanding reference guides with an at a glance guide to all topics


CGP revision booklets are brilliant and are only £5.95 each - child friendly explanations really help adults too (https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/primary-books/ks2). Our two top recommendations are: 


‘Mathematics explained for Primary Teachers’ Derek Haylock- a core book for use whilst teaching Mathematics. 


Experience with children in primary school (desirable)


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, it is highly desirable that you can 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 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 0203 488 2805 to arrange a placement in one of our partner schools.