PGCE Primary entry requirements

All students starting an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme are required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme.

You should submit an application as early as possible via UCAS Teacher Training and then make arrangements to take the skills tests.

We strongly advise that you take the tests as soon as you are able. If offered an interview, having already passed the tests will greatly improve your chances of being offered a place. Find out more about the skills test here and don't hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss this further.


  • 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 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.
  • Your chances of being offered a place will be greatly enhanced by spending time in a UK mainstream primary school. Ideally this will be in the last year and relevant to the age phase you are interested in training to teach.
  • All applicants should ensure that details of school experience are clearly stated on the UCAS form, including the name of the school, dates of their visit and year groups worked with.
  • For your references, you should approach people how can comment on your character and suitability to enter the teaching profession. The first reference should be from the school you have completed your experience in. 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 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

If you hold non-UK qualifications please send in clear scanned copies of your school and degree level qualifications to This will allow us time to process your UCAS application as quickly as possible and ensure that you are eligible for the programme.

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.

We are unable applications to this course from applicants classified as international for fee purposes; EU applicants may still apply.

Further advice

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