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Teaching requirements

Not sure what you would be eligible to teach?

We currently place participants in primary and secondary schools across England and Wales. If you are successful at your Assessment Centre, you will be made a conditional offer for the Leadership Development Programme. The curriculum area you teach will be based on the needs of our schools and your eligibility.

Early Years teaching 

For Early Years teaching, we require a degree (2.1 or above) in:

- Early Years/Early Childhood Studies (or related degree)

- Psychology

OR

one of the following primary national curriculum subjects:

- Art & Design

- Design & Technology

- English

- Geography

- History

- Computer Science

- Maths

- Modern Foreign Languages (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 primary national curriculum subjects.

Please also note, if you studied in Ireland, we are able to accept an A1 grade in Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) as equivalent to our A Level requirements.

 

Primary teaching

For primary teaching, we 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

- Maths

- Modern Foreign Languages (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. If you have a Psychology degree (2.1 or above) you will also be eligible to teach in a primary school.

Please also note, if you studied in Ireland, we are able to accept an A1 grade in Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) as equivalent to our A Level requirements.

 

Secondary teaching

For secondary teaching, we require a degree (2.1 or above) related to one of the following secondary national curriculum subjects:

- Business Studies

- Design & Technology*

- English*

- Geography

- History

- Computer Science*

- Maths*

- Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish)

- Music

- Religious Education

- Science*

- Welsh
(Eligibility: Grade B or above in English and Maths GCSE and a Welsh degree OR Grade B or above Welsh A Level)

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 studied in Scotland, Advanced Highers are equivalent to A-levels. Similarly, if you studied the International Baccalaureate, Higher level subjects are equivalent to A-levels.

Additionally, candidates with A*, A or B A-Level in Geography might be offered Geography and candidates with A*, A or B in French AND Spanish might be offered MFL.

Please also note, if you studied in Ireland, we are able to accept an A1 grade in Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) as equivalent to our A Level requirements.

If you’re still not sure which curriculum area(s) you would be able to teach, please contact faq@teachfirst.org.uk for more information.

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