PGCE Primary entry requirements


  • You will need to be able to provide certificated evidence of an undergraduate honours degree or an approved equivalent qualification, preferably 2:2 or above and awarded in the UK.
  • It is a requirement that all those training to teach must have achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in mathematics, English Language and a science subject (or approved equivalents). Please note that we will only consider you if you have already achieved one out of the three GCSEs (or approved equivalents) prior to submitting your application.
  • Roehampton does not offer GCSE equivalency tests. We accept the equivalency tests in science (the single Science Biology and the combined), mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing. Please contact them directly via their website.
  • A period of school observation before interview is not a requirement. However, we do recommend this if you have the opportunity as it can help you develop your understanding of teaching and learning. Carefully observe how the teacher engages with the children and the different ways they learn. If you cannot arrange this experience, we have some materials on our Welcome Pages to support your pre-course development which will be sent to you if you gain and accept a place on the course.
  • For your references, you should approach people who can comment on your character and suitability to enter the teaching profession. The first reference should be from the school in which you undertook your experience. The second reference must be academic if applicants have graduated within the last 5 years; if more than 5 years ago, it can be from an employer or professional colleague but not a family member or friend.
  • You must ask referees to include a statement in the reference which asks if they have any knowledge whether or not you are suitable to be working with children. If they know of no reason why you should not be working with children please ask them to write, ‘I know of no reason why [insert name] cannot work with children.’


  • You should try and gain some broader experience of working with children of the relevant age phase, including those from diverse cultures and backgrounds. This includes groups such as brownies, scouts, sports clubs, as well as non-UK and private school experience.

Non-UK qualifications
We accept a range of overseas qualifications where they can be shown to be equivalent to English qualifications. Please consult The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) for advice on equivalencies.

If you hold non-UK qualifications please send in clear scanned copies of your school and degree level qualifications - with their NARIC translations if applicable - to This will allow us to process your UCAS application as quickly as possible and ensure that you are eligible for the programme. We welcome PGCE applications from EU and overseas students, but please note that overseas Tier 4 students are not eligible to apply for the PGCE School Direct route.

Numeracy and English language testing
Applicants for teacher training courses are no longer required to take the government's skills tests in numeracy and English. Instead, the Department for Education has given the responsibility to providers to ensure that trainee teachers have appropriate proficiency in English and mathematics before they can be awarded Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the course. As part of the interview process these skills will be audited to help us ascertain candidates' strengths and/or areas for development. We will be supporting our students to reach the fundamental skills in English and mathematics as required. 

How and when to apply

Applications for PGCE programmes are handled via the UCAS Teacher Training web site. Although there is no official deadline for applying, you should apply early as the programme will close once spaces are filled.

UCAS course codes

 You should apply to either the Foundation/Key Stage 1 course (X121) or Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (2F4W). Please do not apply to both, as applications will only be considered once.

  • X121 – Foundation and Key Stage 1
  • 2F4W – Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

At Roehampton we welcome applicants at any stage in their lives. We particularly welcome male applicants for the PGCE Primary programme.

Filling out the application form

You should ensure that details of  your school experience are clearly stated on your form, including the name of the school, dates of your visit and year groups worked with. Where you are asked for the name of main subject and second subject, please leave both sections blank.

Further advice

For further advice on entry requirements or applications, please call our Admissions Team on: 020 8392 3314.