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Entry requirements

UCL’s minimum entrance requirements for teacher training programmes are detailed below. These entry requirements apply to all our Teacher Training programmes (eg. PGCE, EYTS).

First degree

A first or second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution is normally required. Candidates who are judged not to have sufficient subject knowledge in the relevant area may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. The length of SKE varies depending on the need of the individual – from eight-week ‘refresher’ or ‘booster’ programmes, through to more extensive 36-week courses. For further details see the Get Into Teaching website.

For some programmes, applicants whose qualifications are of a lower standard may be admitted if they can demonstrate an appropriate academic background and experience in the relevant field.


GCSE requirements

For all programmes other than Post-Compulsory Education, a GCSE, or comparable qualification, at grade C or 5 is required in English Language and Mathematics. For Primary education, (pupils aged 3–11) a GCSE grade C or 5 is also required in a science subject (we do not accept Additional Science or Applied Science). Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing either the Mathematics Foundation, Mathematics Higher or English from Equivalency Testing and achieving at least a grade C or 5.


Medical fitness (Occupational Health) and Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance

All applicants will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. The total cost of these checks is £157.

Medical fitness

All teacher training candidates who are offered a place at UCL must be certified as meeting national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as set by the Department for Education. We apply the Fitness to Teach requirement to Primary, Secondary and Post-Compulsory PGCE candidates, all of whom must complete a health questionnaire for scrutiny by our occupational health provider. Candidates are currently responsible for the cost of obtaining occupational health clearance.

Disclosure and barring service

If you are offered a place on a teacher training programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS). A satisfactory certificate is a condition of entry to the programme, as we need to assess your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. This document will contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands, warnings or bindovers recorded against your name (even where they would ordinarily be considered spent) or confirm that you have none. For those offered a place on a Primary or Early Years Initial Teacher Education programme, confirmation will be required that the individual does not live at the same address as someone disqualified from working in a childcare setting.

If you have lived or worked overseas, or been on holiday in a country for more than six months within the past five years you will also need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant country/countries.

Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from entry to your chosen programme of study. If your disclosure certificate reveals details about an offence or other matter, we will ask you to provide a brief written account of the circumstances of the incident(s) and any mitigating factors that you feel are relevant, in order to make an informed decision on your suitability for admission. Please refer to our policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders.

Further information about the Enhanced Disclosure check and any related fees that you will need to pay will be provided in our offer letter, if your application to UCL is successful.

For advice please contact teaching-admissions@ucl.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)20 3370 1217.

Policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders to initial teacher training programmes


Skills Tests

Trainees will be assured against a set of fundamental Mathematicss and English skills by the end of their teacher training.


Work/school experience

All students joining UCL are encouraged to have obtained, or have set up to obtain relevant recent experience within a school setting. You can indicate in your personal statement where the experience will be undertaken.


English language requirements

The English language level for teacher training programmes is Good. Please visit English language requirements in the Learning and living section of this website for further information and a list of English language qualifications and tests that are recognised by UCL.