Primary Education 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.

  • 112 points are preferred, to include a minimum of GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C or 4 in the new system.
  • 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.
  • Candidates who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4 in the new system), or equivalent in English, mathematics and a science may be able to take an equivalence test set by a University-approved body. Details are available from the Equivalency Testing website.
  • It is a requirement of the Department for Education (DfE) that all candidates for teacher education be interviewed and that we ensure that those offered a place can communicate in accurate Standard English. All applicants attending an interview will be required to complete a short English task.
  • 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 will be expected that you will have gained suitable experience in primary schools/educational environments prior to applying for Initial Teacher Education. This will be in addition to any work experience placements in Year 10. If you are invited to an interview this experience will inform part of the discussion. If you are unable to complete this prior to interview you will need to discuss what you have put in place to support your application.
  • 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 C (4 in the new system) in GCSE English language, mathematics and a science subject. Candidates must have achieved 2 of the 3 GCSEs before submitting an application.