Course Entry Requirements

Course Entry Requirements

The formal entry requirements are:

  • GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science. These three qualifications must have been awarded prior to application to this programme. Other GCSEs are required to show a good spread of curriculum subjects.
  • Minimum 2, preferably 3 A-levels of good grades or a Foundation Degree (240 Credits).
  • Minimum 2.2 honours degree from a UK University or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Minimum of two weeks classroom experience in a primary school.
  • The contents of the applicant’s previous education must provide the necessary foundation for working as a primary teacher. They must demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken and written standard English.

“The partnership continues to provide excellent individual support and pastoral guidance for trainees.”
Ofsted 2014

Applicants with non-British qualifications

If you hold a degree or other qualification from a non-UK institution, you must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (UK NARIC) – Tel: 01242 260 010

You will also need to supply written evidence of this information with your application.

Applicants who do not hold Maths, English, Science GCSE Grade C

If you do not hold a GCSE in Mathematics, English or Science at Grade C or above or an equivalent qualification, you will need to  apply to take an equivalency test. We accept equivalency tests from:

A pass in these tests will be acknowledged by BEC as being equivalent to Grade C or above at GCSE/GCE O-level.  You will need to have these qualifications in place before you apply for a place through UCAS

Selection Process

Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short listing criteria will be invited to the Interview Day.  Candidates are encouraged to have passed the 2 Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before attending interview. If this is not possible, then following the Interview Day candidates offered a place will receive a letter of offer subject to them passing the tests within 2 months of the Interview Day. Candidates are encouraged to advise us of any special needs before the Interview Day to help prepare for their visit.

The selection process will involve:

1.    DeliverING a five minute presentation on an aspect of learning within primary schools WHICH IS EITHER MISUNDERSTOOD OR DIFFICULT TO TEACH, followed by a short discussion with the panel.

The panel will assess your ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken standard English
  • Demonstrate the following skills:
    • Knowledge and understanding of the educational issue chosen
    • Ability to deliver using a clear structure
    • Ability to interact with the panel
    • Use of resources/visual aids (IT facilities are available)
    • Varied and appropriate handling of the subject
    • Ability to deliver a quality and professional presentation
    • Participate in a quality discussion with the panel following the presentation

2.  UndertakING a formal interview. The panel will assess your:

  • Personal and intellectual qualities suitable for teaching
  • Your ability to reflect on teaching and learning
  • Your experience of working with children in schools or in more informal settings and how this informs your knowledge of child development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities and qualities of teachers and knowledge of current educational topics such as special educational needs and disabilities
  • Awareness of the importance of effective behaviour management strategies, inclusion and safeguarding
  • Knowledge of the role parents and carers play
  • Ability to establish good working relationships
  • Ability to adapt to unexpected situations
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Commitment to training for QTS status and gaining the PGCE award through a workplace based course


You will be asked to observe a lesson in a nearby partnership primary school, take notes and reflect by later completing a written task.  On returning to the BEC office, you will be asked to write a critical evaluation of the lesson you have observed.

The panel will assess your ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and grammatically in written Standard English, focusing on structure, content, spelling and grammar of the written task


At the end of this classroom observation you will be asked to engage with the whole class in delivering a 10 minute creative activity of your own choice, eg drama, game, literature. During this short session you will be observed to assess your ability to:

  • Demonstrate initiative and creative thinking
  • Interact with the pupils
  • Maintain good pupil behaviour
  • Take a risk
  • Make the activity ‘fun’
  • Demonstrate a presence in the classroom

At the end of this session you are expected to feedback to the teacher on how the activity could have been improved through other teaching strategies and/or resources.

5.    undertaking a mathematics and literacy task

You will be asked to bring photographic and residency evidence to the Interview Day to confirm true identity.

For those applicants who are offered a place subject to Health and Disclosure and Barring Service checks (which are to be paid by the applicant) and possibly the passing of the two Skills Tests, they will receive feedback on their performance, identifying areas of further development including audits of subject knowledge to be undertaken in preparation for the course starting in September.

Applicants will be recommended to return to the classroom to undertake some structural English observations covering guided and shared reading and writing, systematic synthetic phonics and lesson observations of Mathematics and Science together with a reading list of core subjects, child development and reflective practice before the course starts. Applicants are encouraged to spend as much time with primary age children.

The course dates for 2018 – 2019 are as follows:

Orientation Day – 11th July 2018
This will be held at The Bromfords School, Grange Avenue, Wickford, Essex SS12 0LZ

Autumn Term – TBA

Spring Term – TBA 

Summer Term – TBA