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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).

Click on the links below to find out the relevant entry requirements. Additional programme-specific requirements are listed on individual teacher training programme pages.

Please note that the regulations surrounding certificates of good conduct from countries where an applicant has lived, worked or travelled have changed. See below for details.


GCSE requirements

For all programmes other than Post Compulsory, a GCSE, or comparable qualification, at grade C (or grade 5 for GCSEs sat in 2017 onwards) is required in both English Language and Mathematics. For Primary Education (pupils aged 3–11) and EYITT routes (pupils aged 0–5), a GCSE at grade C (or grade 5 for GCSEs sat in 2017 onwards) is also required in a science subject. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English, Mathematics or Science may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing either the Mathematics Foundation, Mathematics Higher or English from www.equivalencytesting.com and achieving at least a grade 5.

Visit the equivalency testing website


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 required. The specific requirements are listed on the individual programme pages on this website in addition to any other academic requirements. 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’ programmes, through to more extensive 28-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.


Professional Skills Tests

For all programmes other than Post Compulsory Education, applicants must successfully complete Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy before they can enrol on a programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The tests must be taken and passed by 1 August 2019. Information on the skills test can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.


Work/school experience

We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.


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

Teacher Training providers have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm. For this reason all applicants will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.* The cost of these checks is £135. The Post Office charge £11 for their document checking service.

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 EYITT, 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 (DBS)

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 and 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 an EYITT or Primary PGCE, 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, worked or travelled in another country for three months or longer in the last ten 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.

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.

Contact us for advice 

Email: teaching-admissions@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 3370 1217.

 The school/college is responsible for checks to employment-based programmes (EYITT [Employment-based pathway], Post Compulsory [In-Service] and School Direct [Salaried] programmes)


English language proficiency requirements

If your first language is not English you will be required to provide recent evidence that your command of English is adequate. This may take the form of substantial education (usually at least 12 months) or work experience (usually at least 18 months), conducted in English in a majority English-speaking country, no more than two years prior to the date of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may provide an English language qualification recognised by UCL and awarded not more than two years prior to the date of enrolment. If you are a visa national, your qualification must have been taken within two years of receiving a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from UCL.

The English language level for teacher training programme 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.

English language requirements


Visa information

Full-time and pre-service programmes 

These programmes are suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting in October.

Part-time and in-service/employment-based programmes

These programmes are not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa.