King Edward's Consortium

King Edwards Consortium

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess qualifications as follows:

  • A standard equivalent to grade 4 or above (e.g. grade C or above) at GCSE in English language and mathematics (or overseas equivalent);
  • A degree (2.2 or above) of a United Kingdom higher education institution (or overseas equivalent), at least 50% of which should be directly related to your chosen teaching subject.  If your degree is not a good match with your chosen teaching subject you will need evidence of significant work experience in a relevant field.

Please note that if you do not have GCSE or equivalent qualifications in English or mathematics at grade 4 or above (or overseas equivalent certified by NARIC), you should contact A* Teachers at to find out more about their equivalence tests.  

Where candidates are presenting overseas qualifications, it is the applicant’s responsibility to apply to NARIC for a letter of comparability for the relevant GCSE and degree level qualifications, and to bring the NARIC letter along with certificates to their interview (NARIC contact details

Professional skills tests

All trainees will be required to pass the Department for Education professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to starting the programme. Applicants are advised to register for and take these tests as soon as they have made their application via UCAS Teacher Training.

Languages applicants

The ability to teach a second language is desirable. We offer French, German, Russian and Spanish as second languages. Applicants without a second language will be asked to start learning one via an SKE course prior to starting their training.

All applicants - safeguarding and fitness to teach

All KEC schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all trainee teachers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Successful applicants will also be required to take a health check to confirm their fitness to teach.

These programmes are covered by part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role of a trainee teacher.

Rigorous recruitment and selection of high calibre trainees with impressive pre-entry qualifications, at higher levels, and good prior experience in education settings.

Ofsted, November 2012