You will need to fulfil the entry criteria below to be offered a place on the programme. All applications will be reviewed by the ITT Admissions Tutor. The entry criteria are cross-referred to the relevant criteria within the Initial Teacher Training (ITT): Criteria and Supporting Advice (updated 4th September, 2020) and have statutory force under The Education (School Teachers’ Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2003.
GCSE Grade 4, or equivalent
You must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics (dependant on the intended route taken, Functional Skills at level 2 in maths and English may not be appropriate as they are not recognised by the DfE as GCSE equivalent qualifications). If you do not have the required standard at GCSE, or an equivalent qualification, this will not preclude you from being invited to interview. However, achievement of the required standard will be made a condition of your offer.
You will only be able to access the top-up programme upon successful completion of a foundation degree or HND. You must hold and be able to provide certificated evidence of having a foundation degree conferred by a UK higher education institution or an equivalent qualification.
Rigorous selection process
As part of the provider’s selection procedures, you must have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to undertake the course. The College is unable to offer places on its top-up programme without a selection process that includes an interview.
If successful, you must complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and be cleared to teach by the accredited provider, ensuring you are not barred from working with young people or excluded from teaching. You will also be required to sign up for the Update Service. You will be informed of the requirement to complete a DBS check as soon as you have accepted an offer. You will also be required to sign up and pay for the update service (see additional costs).
The respective roles and responsibilities of our partners in relation to the DBS checks and responsibility for informing the relevant school/provider are clearly defined within the Partnership Agreements. The Luminate Partnership for ITT has established a common understanding of convictions that might pose a barrier to joining, or continuing with, a programme of ITT and the circumstances under which concerns about a particular student should be referred to the police.
You will complete a health questionnaire. This is supported by a local healthcare trust that works with the Leeds City College Corporation for the healthcare of its employees. This will be administered by the ITT Admissions Tutor. The outcome of the health assessment will determine your fitness to teach. When any health concerns arise, additional measures will be put in place to support you if required. This will be managed by the local health care trust.
You will need to fulfil the following entry criteria to be offered a place on the programme:
- Achieved at least a grade 4 (C) or above in Mathematics, English Language and Science GCSEs or approved equivalents. (Please note that per DfE guidance, qualifications in key and functional skills at level 2 are not equivalent to GCSEs in terms of content and therefore do not meet the minimum entry requirements of the course)
- Hold and be able to provide certificated evidence of having passed a foundation degree programme or HND conferred by a UK higher education institution or an equivalent qualification
We will also perform a check on health and physical capacity to teach – you will be required to complete a health questionnaire to determine your fitness to train to teach.
You will have an interview and are required to give references as part of the selection process.