PGCE Primary entry requirements

Removal of the Skills Tests - advice to candidates.

Applicants for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses will no longer be required to take the Skills Tests in numeracy and English from April 2020. The Department for Education has given the responsibility to ITE providers to ensure that trainee teachers have acquired an appropriate level of proficiency in English and Mathematics before they can be awarded Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the course.

At the University of Roehampton we will be supporting you to reach the fundamental skills in English and mathematics as required. As part of the interview process candidates will be audited to help us ascertain their strengths and areas for development in relation to these fundamental skills.


  • 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/4 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 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 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. 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.

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.