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Assessment Only route leading to Qualified Teacher Status: Entry requirements

What you need to apply for this course

  • A minimum 2:2 UK honours degree or equivalent (NARIC to be provided for overseas qualification). For secondary, your degree must be at least 50% in the subject you wish to teach.
  • GCSE English and mathematics (plus science for primary) at grade 4 or above (C or above for examinations taken before 2017). If you do not have GCSEs in English, mathematics and science, you may take equivalency tests at the School of Education following acceptance of any potential offer given. View further details.  
  • Professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy – find out more about registration and booking details from the Department of Education website.
  • Extensive teaching experience in two or more schools (the applicant must currently be employed at a school) across two consecutive age ranges within the primary or secondary phase:
    • 3 – 7
    • 5 – 11
    • 11 – 16
    • 16 – 18
  • Teaching observed by current school must be judged at either "good" or "outstanding".
  • Satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure and medical checks undertaken by the school.

Equivalency tests

If you do not meet the GCSE English, mathematics or science requirement, you will be pleased to know you can take equivalency tests at the School of Education (free of charge) following acceptance of any potential offer given for a teacher-training course.

Please note a pass in these tests is considered to be of the same standard as GCSE grade 4, however, it does not offer a formal GCSE qualification. Therefore, passing the test(s) will allow you to gain entry to a teacher-training course at Kingston University only and not any other course or training provider. 

We do encourage you to prepare for your test and have included some useful links for English, maths and science to support you with this.





We have listed dates for the test sessions so you can plan ahead. Please get in touch with us ( if you are looking to accept your offer with Kingston and need to complete a GCSE equivalency test so we can send you further details.

  • Thursday 28 February 2019
  • Thursday 28 March 2019
  • Thursday 25 April 2019
  • Thursday 23 May 2019

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