Course Entry Requirements

Course Entry Requirements

The formal entry requirements for School Direct Fee Paying applicants are:

  • GCSE grade C (grade 4) or above in English language, and mathematics, or equivalent qualification (see below).  These two qualifications must have been awarded prior to application to this programme.
  • Minimum 2, preferably 3 A-levels of good grades or a Foundation Degree (240 Credits). Applicants to have an A level in their specialised subject
  • Minimum 2.2 honours degree from a UK University or a recognised equivalent qualification.  If you have any queries please contact
  • Some classroom experience or some experience working with young persons.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken and written standard English
  • If you have any questions relating to these entry requirements then please contact

“The partnership continues to provide excellent individual support and pastoral guidance for trainees.”
Ofsted 2014

Applicants with non-British qualifications

If you hold a degree or other qualification from a non-UK institution, you must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (UK NARIC) – Tel: 01242 260 010

You will also need to supply written evidence of this information with your application.

Applicants who do not hold Mathematics, English GCSE Grade C (GRADE 4)

If you do not hold a GCSE in mathematics or English  at Grade C (Grade 4) or above or an equivalent qualification, you will need to  apply to take an equivalency test. We accept equivalency tests from:

A pass in these tests will be acknowledged by BEC as being equivalent to Grade C (Grade 4) or above at GCSE/GCE O-level.  A Star Teachers also provide supporting documentation in the passing of the skills tests

Selection Process

Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short listing criteria will be invited to the Interview Day.   Candidates are encouraged to have passed the 2 Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before attending interview.  If this is not possible, then following the Interview Day candidates offered a place will receive a letter of offer subject to them passing the tests within 2 months of the Interview Day. Candidates are encouraged to advise us of any special needs before the Interview Day to help prepare for their visit.

The selection process will involve:

Delivering a 10 minute presentation on subject related issue followed by a short discussion with the panel.

The panel will assess your ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken standard English
  • Demonstrate the following skills:
    • Knowledge and understanding of the subject related issue chosen
    • Ability to deliver using a clear structure
    • Ability to interact with the panel
    • Use of resources/visual aids (IT facilities are available)
    • Varied and appropriate handling of the subject
    • Ability to deliver a quality and professional presentation
    • Participate in a quality discussion with the panel following the presentation


You will be asked to observe a lesson, take notes and reflect by completing a written task

The panel will assess your ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and grammatically in written Standard English, focussing on structure, content, spelling and grammar of the written task

Undertake a formal interview. The panel will assess your:

  • Personal and intellectual qualities suitable for teaching
  • Your ability to reflect on teaching and learning
  • Your experience of working with students in schools or in more informal settings and how this informs your knowledge of child development
  • Your level of subject knowledge
  • Knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities and qualities of teachers and knowledge of current educational topics such as special educational needs and disabilities
  • Awareness of the importance of effective behaviour management strategies, inclusion and safeguarding
  • Ability to establish good working relationships
  • Ability to adapt to unexpected situations
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Commitment to training for QTS status and gaining the PGCE award (if applicable) through a workplace based course

You will be asked to bring photographic and residency evidence to the Interview Day to confirm true identity.

For those applicants who are offered a place subject to Health and Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks (which are to be paid by the applicant) and possibly the passing of the two Skills Tests if this is still outstanding.  They will receive feedback on their performance on the Interview Day, identifying areas of further development including a recommended reading list and completion of a subject knowledge audit to start working on improving their level of subject knowledge in preparation for the Orientation Day on 5th July.

Applicants will be recommended to return to the classroom to gain further classroom experience.

The course dates for 2018 – 2019 are as follows:

Orientation Day – held on 5th July 2018 for trainees to meet their mentors in school.

Trainee Induction 3 days – September 2018

Essex School terms 2018/19 (some schools’ dates will vary):

Autumn Term – 31st August 2018 to 19th December 2018 (half term 22nd-26th October)

Spring Term – 3rd January 2019 to 5th April 2019 (half term 18th-22nd February)

Summer Term – 23rd April 2019 to 28th June 2019 (half term 27th May-31st May)

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