Applications and enquiries

Applications are made through the UCAS Teacher Training system. UCAS will hold details of all the places on offer through the Reading Partnership - Primary and Secondary, University-based and School Direct.

For School Direct places you will need to apply to the Lead School that holds the places. Details of the Lead Schools that are working with the University of Reading can be found here. Please note that many of our Lead Schools work as part of an alliance of schools, and it is likely that your placement school will be a different school in that alliance.

When to apply

Competition for places is fierce, and you should apply as soon as possible. However, do read our advice on Preparing to Apply. In particular, ensure that you have gained some experience in a school before applying.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have obtained:

  • A good honours degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
  • GCSE grade C or equivalent in English, Mathematics and (for Primary) Science. For PGCE Primary, a GCSE grade C or equivalent in a modern language, preferably French is also required.

  • If any of your qualifications were obtained overseas, you must contact NARIC ( and obtain a statement confirming the equivalency of the qualification(s).
  • If any of your qualifications are other than the standard GCSE or O levels, we recommend that you contact the University of Reading to obtain advice on equivalence prior to application. Please note that many Level 2 qualifications (including Numeracy and Adult Literacy) cannot be considered as equivalent as these qualifications do not cover the breadth of syllabus required.

Applicants must:

  • be able to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English
  • If offered a place, obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure certificate, arranged through the University. All non-UK candidates need to provide a certificate of no criminal convictions - provided by their own police force before entering the UK
  • If offered a place, meet the requirements for 'physical and mental fitness to teach', assessed by a declaration of health questionnaire and, in some cases, a medical examination
  • Pass computer-based Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy, prior to starting the course.
  • For PGCE Primary, undertake a placement, minimum two weeks, in a state-maintained, mainstream primary school prior to the start of the programme.

Skills Tests

Applicants for ITT courses will be required to have passed the skills test before the start of the course. Applicants must submit an application before taking the tests and will need to provide evidence of this when they attend the test centre. They will be prevented from taking the test if they are unable to do so. Further details about applying for the Skills Tests is provided on the DfE website. Applicants who have passed their Key Skills tests will be viewed favourably for interview.


It's important that you are equipped with the right information before booking, and that you bring with you the right documents when attending the skills test centres. Any candidates that do not follow the below process will be turned away and may lose their first free attempt at taking the skills tests.

Booking the skills tests:

Candidates can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before you attend the test centre.

What you need to bring:

Two forms of identification - a primary ID such as a passport and a secondary ID - this can be a debit card for example. More information can be found on the STA website.

You will also need to bring proof of your teacher training application. Acceptable evidences are:

  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training
  • correspondence from your school or university
  • a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

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Equal Opportunities

The University of Reading and its Partners are fully committed to equal opportunities. We welcome applications to all our programmes from all sections of the community, and from people at all stages of life. We seek to make the programmes and the recruitment process as inclusive as possible.

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