Primary Education entry requirements

  • 112 UCAS points are preferred, plus a minimum of GCSE English, maths and science at grade 4 (C).
  • Applicants with BTEC National Diploma qualifications, Access diploma and those with other A-level equivalents are considered.
  • We welcome mature applicants with non-traditional qualifications. For the Access Diploma a Merit profile is required of which a minimum of 30 level 3 credits must be achieved at Merit level.
  • When we consider candidates for degree programmes at Roehampton, we take account of the full application. Our offers are not based solely on academic results: we take into consideration applicants' skills, achievements and life experience. Students who have not achieved, or do not expect to achieve, these entry requirements may still consider making an application.
  • Admission is also conditional on receipt of a satisfactory declaration of health for which information and guidance will be provided, a child protection declaration and a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance form, which we will provide. Information on this declaration is available from Local Authorities.
  • It is really helpful to gain some experience in primary schools or other educational environments prior to applying for Initial Teacher Education. This may include, or be in addition to, work experience in Year 10, for example volunteering, or as a helper in school or a Teaching Assistant. If you are invited to an interview this experience can inform part of the discussion however, we understand this may be difficult for you and it is not compulsory for any candidate
  • It is essential that candidates for teacher education have sound spelling, grammar, punctuation and expression. Shortcomings here are the most frequent reason for offering an alternative non-teaching programme.
  • All applicants, however, must satisfy requirements laid down by the DfE: they must have achieved a standard equivalent to at least a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English language, mathematics and a science subject. Candidates must have achieved two of the three required GCSEs before submitting an application.
  • Candidates without a GCSE grade 4 (C), or equivalent in English, mathematics and a science may be able to take an equivalent test set by a university-approved body. Details are available from the Equivalency Testing website.
  • If you have a query about your eligibility for this course please email it to

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.

The current situation means that we are making some adjustments to our interview processes. For the time being interviews will be conducted online. Our interview processes are designed with equality and diversity in mind and adhere to the Equality Act of 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act of 2001. The interviewers are welcoming and supportive and try to put candidates at their ease as much as possible.
The interview will include the following elements:

  • A personal interview with one or more tutors designed to see if you are resilient, reflective, resourceful and respectful (teaching is a profession where respect for pupils and colleagues is essential). It is helpful to have an understanding of current affairs in relation to teaching.
  • A group task designed to see how you interact with other people.
  • Mathematics and English tasks designed to see what support and development you might need to be able to demonstrate fundamental skills in these important areas by the end of the course if you are offered and accept a place on the course.

Please note that online interviews will be recorded.