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Selection Process

We are looking for applicants who are suited to the teaching profession both academically and personally.

We actively welcome applications from more mature students, valuing their experience of life and of the world of work, as well as applicants straight from their first degrees (with the exception of School Direct Salaried applicants who must have 3 years experience in the workplace).


In addition, we particularly welcome applications from groups under-represented in teaching, notably ethnic minority trainees and trainees with disabilities.


The minimum academic qualifications required for Initial Teacher Training programmes at George Abbot SCITT are:


Secondary Applicants

  • A UK honours degree with a 2:2 classification or higher which must be at least a 50% match to the subject in which you you wish to train (or a recognised equivalent qualification).  Please contact us if you wish to teach a shortage subject as in some cases we may accept an application from candidates with a degree which is not a 50% match to the subject they wish to train in if they are willing to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme. These subjects are English, Maths, Physics, MFL, D&T, Biology and Chemistry).
  • All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. 
  • PE and Drama candidates will be expected to complete part of their training in a second subject to increase their employability.  Therefore all PE and Drama applicants would ideally hold an A Level in a KS3/4 curriculum subject at Grade C or above or in special circumstances, have relevant life/work experience which would allow them to teach a second subject. 
  • MFL candidates will be required to train across two languages from French, German and Spanish.  All MFL applicants must hold a degree in the language they wish to teach as well as holding an A Level at Grade C or above in a second curriculum language.  Consideration will also be given to candidates with a GCSE as well as native speakers.


Primary Applicants

  • A UK honours degree with a 2:2 classification or higher (or a recognised equivalent qualification).
  • All applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science. 
  • Applicants for the General Primary with Maths programme must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade B at A Level.

Where a school has a candidate who they wish to support in a salaried position who does not meet the degree classification criteria but has a first (Bachelors) degree and has demonstrated their ability to teach we will consider applications on their individual merits.  A first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6 of the QCF.

In addition to these academic requirements all candidates must establish at interview that they can communicate in English competently, confidently and clearly to a level that facilitates good quality communication with pupils, parents and colleagues and do so both orally and through writing.

Salaried Applicants

In addition to the above criteria, all Salaried applicants must have at least 3 years experience in the workplace. 

The majority of Salaried applicants are already working in schools and their employing school have agreed to support them during the training year.  However, we are able to find a placement school for some successful Salaried applicants.

Overseas Qualifications


Overseas qualifications must be checked for camparability by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC)



Candidates without English, Maths or Science GCSEs


Where candidates have not achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics or Science, they must complete an equivalency test.  The cost of these tests must be borne by the candidate (approximately £150) and they can be done at a centre in London via .





All candidates will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify their suitability for working with young people.



Skills Tests


All candidates will be required to complete Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to starting the programme.  This is a legal requirement.  Tests can be taken  at Learn Direct Centres and you have as many opportunities as you need to pass.  The first three attempts are free and after that there is a charge per test.



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