In order to train as a teacher with us, you must have a degree before your training can start. In addition, you will need GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 (or equivalent) and Primary applicants will also need Science. For secondary teaching, applicants should have sound knowledge of their chosen specialist subject. Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses are available.

GCSE Qualifications

In order to train as a teacher with us you will need a GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C or above in English and Maths before the start of the course.  For Primary you will also need a GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C or above in Science.  We accept equivalency tests from the following organisation www.equivalencytesting.com

If your degree or GCSE qualifications were obtained overseas then you will need to provide a NARIC certificate of comparability.  Please see the NARIC website for further information on obtaining certificates at www.naric.org.uk

Skills Tests

Professional Skills Tests have now been replaced with provider-led tests for all new entrants into Teacher Training. Primary applicants carry out a spelling, punctuation and grammar test, plus an end of KS2 maths paper. Secondary applicants are required to take assessments in English and maths. These take place prior to the start of the course. Should you not pass these assessments on the first attempt, we will recommend resources to support you.


School Experience

School experience is no longer a statutory requirement to apply for ITT, as we are looking for the potential to train to teach. However, we always recommend wherever possible that you gain some school experience in order to give you insight into the profession. Gaining opportunities to for in-school experience will build your enthusiasm for teaching. If you have applied to us and are interviewed, we would be happy to arrange an in school experience for you. Contact us on 01206 364728 or enquiries@colchesterttc.org.uk

Other Relevant Experience

We also recognise that other applicants will have other relevant experience which they bring to teaching and the school environment. Other relevant experience falls into broadly 3 types:

  • Experience working with young people e.g. both paid and voluntary work
  • Experience using subject knowledge e.g. employment in your specialist field
  • Experience working with people e.g. managing people in the work place, voluntary work with adults

Personal Qualities

Clearly, it is very important that teachers have a very good understanding of their specialist subject and relevant experience, but it is just as important that teachers have personal attributes that will help them to relate to young people and enable them to communicate effectively:

  • Enthusiastic about teaching and working with young people
  • Ability to relate well to others and young people
  • A willingness to be trained, to listen to good advice and learn from mistakes
  • Ability to cope with difficult and stressful situations and on these occasions to be able to maintain calmness and a good sense of perspective
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Well organised and hardworking
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Range of personal interests
  • Sense of humour