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Entry Requirements

Successful candidates will need to meet the entry requirements of both the individual placement school and UCL IOE.

GCSE requirements

For all programmes a GCSE, or comparable qualification, at grade C is required in English Language and Mathematics.  For Primary education, (pupils aged 3-11) a GCSE grade C is also required in a science subject.  Applicants who do not hold the relevant GCSEs may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing tests with and achieving at least a grade C.  UCL does not accept equivalency tests from any other testing organisations.

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. The equivalence of all overseas degrees will be verified through NARIC.  Applicants 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 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.

Skills tests

For all programme applicants must successfully complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before they can enrol on a programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Applicants are given three opportunities to pass the tests but if they fail three times they are required to wait 24 months before retaking. The tests must be taken and passed by 1st August 2019. Information on the skills test can be found at

School experience

All students joining UCL will be expected to have relevant recent experience within a school setting or have arrangements for that experience in place.  The personal statement should include the details of when and where the experience has been, or will be, undertaken.
For the School Direct Salaried route applicants should be able to demonstrate a minimum of two weeks of experience in an appropriate educational setting, preferably prior to application, but definitely before commencement of the programme.

Work experience

On the School Direct Salaried route applicants must also demonstrate that they have around three years full time (or equivalent) of work experience.  For subjects which the DfE have identified as 'Priority Subjects', we expect the applicant to have a minimum of 18 months of work experience; for all other non-priority subjects, and including Primary, we expect applicants to have at least two and a half years of work experience, which is more in line with DfE expectations.

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