All applicants should have a Grade C or above in English and Maths before they apply to the course (or equivalent, e.g. O-levels but not ALAN tests). Applicants should have at least 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above, especially in the subject they wish to teach.
Applicants should have at least three A-levels, An A-level in the subject they wish to teach will be useful. If an applicant has an A-level in one of the shortage subjects - Chemistry, Physics, Computing and ICT or Modern Foreign Languages, then they may be eligible for a subject knowledge enhancement course to allow them to access a PGCE in one of these areas.
Experience in an educational setting and between 5-10 days observation in a secondary school setting is recommended before applying.