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Recruitment & selection

Teaching subject requirements

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Teach First currently places participants in to primary and secondary schools across England. If you are successful at your assessment centre you will be made a conditional offer for the Leadership Development Programme. The subject you teach will be based on the needs of our schools and your eligibility.

Primary Teaching

For primary teaching eligibility participants will require a degree (2.1 or above) in one of the following primary national curriculum subjects:

  • Art & Design
  • Design & Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computer Science & ICT
  • Maths
  • MFL (French or Spanish)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

or an A*, A or B A-Level (or equivalent) in two of these subjects.

Participants with a Psychology degree (2.1 or above) will also be eligible to teach in a primary school.

If you have any questions about eligibility and want to know whether your academic qualifications place you to apply, please contact faq@teachfirst.org.uk.

Secondary Teaching

For secondary teaching eligibility participants will require a degree (2.1 or above) relating to one of the following secondary national curriculum subjects:

  • Business Studies
  • Design & Technology*
  • English*
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computer Science & ICT*
  • Maths*
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Religious Education
  • Science*

or an A*, A or B A-Level (or equivalent) in any of the subjects asterisked above.  Please note, to be eligible to teach Science two relevant A-Levels are required.

If you have Scottish FE qualifications and are uncertain about their equivalency find out more in our FAQs.

If you have any questions about eligibility and want to know whether your academic qualifications align to one of the subjects we recruit into, please contact faq@teachfirst.org.uk.

Are we still recruiting for your subject? Check subject availability here.

Hints & Tips

Hints & Tips

Our Selection process is about identifying your potential so we’ve prepared some pointers on how to make the most of the opportunity.

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Application form

Recruitment & selection

If you’ve done your research and understand what’s expected of you then it’s time to move on to the application form. Check the vacancy listings page for subject availability and submit your Teach First application now.

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