Have you got the academic qualifications?

1. GCSEs

  • GCSE English Language Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)
  • If you want to teach primary age children, GCSE science Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)

You do not need to obtain these qualifications before you apply but you do need to have gained the appropriate qualifications before you start the course. If you do not have a GCSE in English and Maths or Science  then we will accept the results of equivalency tests taken through www.equivalencytesting.com 

(Please note that Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not accepted as equivalents)

2. Degree

A UK first degree (or equivalent)

  • Primary SCITT and Primary School Direct courses:
    • Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or  equiv. 360 CAT points)
  • Secondary SCITT and Secondary School Direct courses:
    • First degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv.  360 CAT points). 

If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. Please note that the onus is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.

Excellent subject knowledge is an important element of being a qualified teacher therefore:

  • We expect that applicants to Secondary SCITT courses have knowledge of the subject they wish to teach 
  • If you wish to teach primary age children and have yet to start your degree, whilst a specialist subject is not required, consider taking one in Education, Early Childhood Studies, or a National Curriculum core subject – English, Mathematics or Science

We also expect good and accurate use of spoken and written English.

3. Professional Skills Tests

If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them before the start of the course.

  • Candidates have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. 
  • The 2-year lockout period has been removed; candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both test.
  • All candidates are able to book 3 tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.

You can take your skills tests once you have evidence of having submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training (for AO programmes, please refer to us directly). You can book your tests in advance of this, as long as an application is submitted before you attend the test centre. You can book your literacy and numeracy test attempts through learndirect, the Department for Education’s delivery partner. The first 3 attempts are free of charge. You can take the tests at learndirect test centres across the country.

Applicants are advised to use the online guidance and practice resources first before sitting the tests and may also like to attend our skills test preparation sessions prior to sitting.  We strongly advise applicants to contact Suffolk and Norfolk ITT if they are struggling to pass the tests for the third time to seek support and training first.

If you require access arrangements, please refer to the access arrangements page to find out what may be available to you. If you require specific access arrangements that are not mentioned, please contact the learndirect helpline to check availability.

You must provide 2 forms of identification (ID) and evidence of your ITT application. You will not be allowed to take a test without them, so please allow enough time for ID checks to take place before your test.

4. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service has taken the place of the CRB check and it is a condition of all ITT courses that trainees must have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training.  In the case of School Direct Salaried, the employing school will arrange this with trainees.  For those on student based courses, arrangements for completing DBS check applications will be explained as part of the selection and induction process.

5. Before you Apply

You may find it helpful to gain school experience in order to prepare for your application and/or interview to one of our programmes. Please note that any experience of working with children in a voluntary context or in any out of school activities eg sports coaching or clubs etc can also be very valuable.

Many of our partnership schools are offering School Experience Days and you can sign up to various dates from our website http://www.suffolkandnorfolkscitt.co.uk/partnership 

To prepare for writing your personal statement you may wish to read some articles from the Times Educational Supplement https://www.tes.com/news/school-news so you can gain an understanding of some the current issues in education at the moment. A The Department of Education's website https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/ will also provide you with more information and guidance about how to write an application and you can also find more information about the different phases eg primary or secondary that are of interest to you.