An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Additional requirement information
Your degree should have a significant proportion of the subject you wish to teach. Subject knowledge enhancement courses may be set as a condition in some cases, particularly when the degree is not clearly ‘in line’ with the subject you are applying to.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
GCSE equivalencies are required regardless of any higher qualification in a related subject.
An individual with an A Level or Undergraduate degree in Mathematics, English or Science also requires the appropriate GCSEs to undertake a teacher training programme.
The Institute of Education offers GCSE equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science. A pass in one of these equivalency tests is considered to be of the same standard as a GCSE C grade or Level 4 in the revised GCSE structure.
Exams will be sat under exam conditions. Examiners decisions are final and no appeals will be considered.
- English: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Maths: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Science - Combined science: 1 hour 30 minutes
If you are applying to study at St Mary’s the cost of our GCSE equivalency test for is £85. This is payable when you book your test. A second payment is required if you need to re-sit the test.
Your result will be emailed to you within three weeks of taking your test.
You are allowed one resit for a failed test. Should you fail both tests you will be required to undertake a full GCSE qualification.
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We are looking for individuals who have the capacity to develop into outstanding teachers. This requires a combination of personal and academic skills.
You should demonstrate awareness of what good teaching entails and show a desire to teach.
There are three main attributes required for teaching:
1) Subject Knowledge - you need to show that you have a specialist understanding.
2) An ability to communicate with an audience. Your class will be your audience and the relationship and command of this group is crucial.
3) Good Interpersonal Skills - you need to demonstrate that you can work well with others.
- Two appropriate references (from an academic tutor or line manager) supporting your suitability for teaching.
- Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
- Physical and mental fitness to teach.
St Mary’s University would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning can be really insightful and informative.