Undergraduate degree

Applicants will require an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) by the time that the course begins in September, ideally with a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2. To take the PGCE applicants will need to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 in their undergraduate degree. Teach West London is willing to consider applicants who may have a 3rd in their degree for the QTS only pathway, this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For secondary applicants, their undergraduate degree should be in, or closely related to the subject that they are applying to train to teach in. If this is not the case, they may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course prior to starting the course in September, this will be determined by their existing subject knowledge. SKE’s are only available for some secondary subjects. If an SKE is a requirement it may be funded by the DfE, otherwise a successful applicant may need to self-fund it.


All applicants must have at least a Grade 4/ C (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths and English. All applicants for our Primary courses must also have a Grade 4/ C (or equivalent) in a Science subject.

Applicants who do not have the required GCSEs at the time of submitting their application are advised to contact Teach West London to check if their chosen provider for an equivalence test will be accepted.

International qualifications

Applicants who have international qualifications for their GCSEs or undergraduate degree are required to obtain a statement of comparability via UK ENIC Home Page (enic.org.uk). They are advised to obtain this prior to submitting their application.

School Experience

Although it is not essential, it is desirable for applicants to have had some experience (including lesson observations) in a primary or secondary school by the time that the training course begins. For salaried courses, some relevant work experience at the time of applying is highly desirable. Further experience of working with children, for example helping with a youth club or sports team is desirable.