Entry Requirements


All entrants, as a minimum, must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics, and all who intend to train to teach a Science subject must have additionally achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examination in a Science subject.

Please contact UK NARIC for confirmation of overseas equivalence.

Tel: +44 (0)871 330 7033



Legislation requires all entrants to initial teacher training in England to hold a first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Applicants must therefore already possess, or expect to be awarded their honours degree before the start of the programme. Ideally, this should be at 2:1 or above, although in some circumstances a 2:2 may be acceptable. If you are an undergraduate, we will require confirmation of your degree grade prediction.

Degree Subject

It is the standards for Qualified Teacher Status that specify the subject knowledge required for the award of QTS and all trainees must be able to meet these by the time they complete their training. Therefore, ideally the SCITT is looking for 50% of your degree content being directly related to the subject you wish to teach. If your degree is not in the subject specialism, you must demonstrate the equivalent degree level knowledge.

There are Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses available for those candidates who are made and accept a conditional offer and who we deem need to increase their National Curriculum subject knowledge. For further details of these SKEs please contact the SCITT Administrator on 0116 268 9734.

Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy

If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy as part of the application process as all entrants must have passed both professional skills tests prior to the start of the programme.

Candidates applying to either the SCITT or Rushey Mead School Direct in July and August 2015 must have passed both skills tests at the time of making their UCAS application.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is free of charge. You can book up to two resits, but you will be expected to pay for these yourselves and the current price is £19.25 per test. If you fail on the third attempt, you will be unable to proceed with your training and cannot re-sit the tests for 24 months. For this reason, applicants are advised to use the online guidance and practice resources before sitting the tests.

Registration, test bookings and updated practice tests, including punctuation for the literacy test, can be accessed via

The tests take place at test centres throughout the UK and you will need to take your welcome letter from UCAS to the test centre as evidence that you have already applied for teacher training. When registering for the skills tests you may request special arrangements.

The contractor responsible for delivering the Professional skills tests is Learndirect.

The Learndirect Help Line is : 0300 303 9613   (Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm)

The Learndirect e-mail is : [email protected]

Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS)

Statutory guidance for safeguarding children requires all ITT trainees to have a satisfactory, enhanced DBS check in place before the start of the course. The SCITT will apply for this on your behalf and we have to make a charge of £60 for this application. Applicants become eligible to apply for a disclosure check when they have a firm offer in place.

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach – Declaration of Health Questionnaire

As an initial teacher training provider we have a responsibility to ensure that all trainees have the physical and mental fitness to enter teacher training and carry out the work of a teacher.

The activities that a teacher must be able to perform are set out in The Educational (Health Standards) (England) Regulations 2003.

Applicants with a disability should not be deterred from considering teaching as a career; disabled teachers have a valuable role to play in the education of young people and ensuring the representation of the wider population in education. The SCITT has a duty under the DDA Act 2005 to make reasonable adjustments, taking into account disabled people’s needs, to the learning, teaching, training and physical environment. The SCITT will promote equality of opportunity between disabled people and people who are not disabled.

As part of our conditional offer and before final acceptance on the SCITT programme, all applicants are required have a "fit to work" outcome as a result of completing an on-line declaration of health questionnaire which will assess your physical and mental fitness to teach. Our appointed, independent medical adviser is Health Management Ltd. (HML). The SCITT will make a charge of £24 for this application.

The information you supply will be considered by HML who will request a more detailed medical report and/or examination if necessary in order to make their recommendation. The full cost of any additional medical reports/appointments will be passed to the candidate, with prior agreement.
Please note we will need to consider if removing a trainee from the programme is an appropriate course of action if they are found to have:

  • Failed to disclose information which would otherwise have made them ineligible for teacher training, for example any medical condition likely to limit the candidate’s ability to communicate with children, manage classes and secure safe and effective learning.
  • Given false information, including appropriate information about medical problems which arise during training
  • Failed to comply with conditions imposed by the HML such as regular monitoring or check-ups.

Candiates will receive a link by email to the on-line health questionnaire following their confirmation of acceptance of our conditional offer of a place.

Secondary School Experience

Before the start of the programme, applicants must have recently undertaken a minimum of 10 days practical school experience. This should include observing lessons and working with young people of secondary school age (11-16 years).  Your experience and what you have learned whilst in a school will be discussed at interview.
There is a Teacher Taster 5 day school experience course at Rushey Mead School, (w/c 9 February 2015 and w/c 22 June 2015) and potential applicants are encouraged to apply for this course.  For more information please contact Juliet Slaughter, SCITT Administrator on 0116 268 9734 or email: [email protected]

Essential Qualities

We are seeking those who are passionate about their subject and want to become inspirational teachers.  We are looking for candidates with the following personal qualities:

  • Determination to succeed through hard work and commitment
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • A high level of personal organisation
  • Commitment to learning and teaching, including awareness of contemporary issues in education
  • Emotional resilience
  • A real desire to continually develop  professionally through deep reflective practice


Equal Opportunities

The Leicestershire Secondary SCITT will ensure that its selection process and interview procedures comply with equality legislation. We aim to promote equality of opportunity and avoid discrimination. We welcome applications from all potential trainees regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, political or religious belief, or socio-economic class.

Link to Equal Opportunities Policy Statement and Operating Procedures 2014/15