GCSE Equivalencies assistance

If you are considering training to be a teacher in the UK the course entry requirements include minimum GCSE grades or their equivalent. These are outlined below

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To become a qualified teacher in England, you need:

  • Minimum of GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in English and Maths. If you want to teach primary or early years you will also need a GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in a science subject.

To become a qualified teacher in Scotland, you need:

  • English at SCQF Level 6 and maths Level 5.
  • Two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 for an undergraduate degree.

To become a qualified teacher in Wales, you need:

  • Minimum of GCSE grade B/5 or equivalent in English and maths. Early years and primary teachers also need grade C/4 (or above) in a science subject.

To become a qualified teacher in Northern Ireland, you’ll need:

  • Two passes at GCE Advanced level, with grade C or above in three other subjects at GCE level, to be accepted on to a BEd course.

Since 1 April 2012 qualified teachers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA can apply to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (previously the Teaching Agency) for qualified teacher status (QTS) without undertaking further training or assessment in England.

Teachers from other countries that qualified outside the EEA, require:

  • a qualification comparable to a UK Bachelor degree
  • to demonstrate that you meet a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C in mathematics and English
  • to demonstrate a standard equivalent to a grade C in a science GCSE if you intend to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7-14)

UK NARIC may be able to confirm whether your qualifications meet the first two of these criteria, where appropriate qualifications (secondary qualifications and degrees) are presented.

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