Applicants must hold a good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) of an UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification.
The content of the applicant’s previous education must provide the necessary foundation for work as a primary school teacher.
Applicants should have a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject prior to submitting their application.
Please Note: we do not accept deferred applications for this programme
Plus one of the following:
- Other QAA-recognised access programme:
Within the previous year, and prior to application, applicants must normally have at least 15 days of experience in mainstream UK schools in Key Stage 1 and/or Key Stage 2 and this should be itemised on the application form.
- International/English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below.
- A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
- Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51
The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist you.
Mandatory Skills Tests
All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Applicants to ITT courses which start after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests:
- cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism;
- do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement;
- are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher; all questions use real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter; and
- are computerised and can be taken at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK.
Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes from September 2015 entry need to be aware of the Government regulations regarding mandatory ‘Professional skills tests for trainee teachers’, in numeracy and literacy. These will be taken immediately after application and prior to any offer being made.
Applicants are advised that they will receive one free test and two resit opportunities which will be self-funded. If applicants fail three tests, resits will not be allowed within a 24 month period, therefore it is strongly advised that applicants visit the Department for Education website to obtain further information and sample practice papers.
If you’d like to find out more about what is required, please visit the official Skills Tests page at education.gov.uk
n addition we also offer additional support to all of our applicants, in advance of their mandatory National Literacy and Numeracy Test, which should be complete by the point of enrolment.
For further information please contact Admissions on 0191 243 7900 or email email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have passed both skills tests before I attend an interview with an ITT provider?
You should have taken the skills tests as soon as possible after submitting an application for an ITT course. You can book your skills test appointments in advance. Providers will use the skills tests results to inform their decisions about applicants; those who have passed the tests before interview will be in a stronger position for selection.
Why are there two separate registration systems for the skills tests?
There are two separate registration systems to accommodate students already on ITT courses and another for those who are applying for ITT courses. Although the tests are the same, the registration requirements and subsequent reporting feeds are different.
Those already on ITT courses need to register on the ‘ITT student system’ and a teacher reference number (TRN) is required in order to register. The test results are linked to the TRN, which providers will check in order to recommend trainees for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).
For applicants to ITT courses, they need to register on the ‘ITT application system’.
No applicant can be offered a place on the programme without being interviewed. Selection for interview includes a consideration of the applicant’s personal and academic profile, the reference, and experience of working with children in the primary sector, together with outside interests and activities.
The interview provides an opportunity for candidates to meet staff and to explore the facilities and accommodation at first hand. At interview, candidates will undertake a written task and presentation. An individual interview will be conducted with a member of the University education staff and representation from a partnership school.
Interview results are communicated as soon as possible after the interview takes place but any offer or acceptance of a place on the programme is conditional upon receipt of a satisfactory medical report and police clearance.
How to apply
How to Apply
Application for most courses is direct to the University via our online application form. Simply click on the 'Apply Online' button you will see on each of our course entries.
However, there are some courses where the application method is not directly to the University. These are:
School-Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
These courses are designed for graduates who want to complete their training in a school environment. Applications for these courses are made through UTT.
- The UTT institution code for the PGCE Secondary Education - Physical Education (North East Partnership) is NEP N55
- The UTT institution code for the PGCE Secondary Education - Design and Technology (Northumbria Partnership) is NPART N76
If you wish to apply for postgraduate research then please submit a research enquiry.
Whilst most of our courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding. Overseas students should submit applications to us by no later than 31 July for courses starting in early September or 1 December for courses that commence in January. This allows sufficient time to process our decision, for you to obtain visas and to organise your accommodation and travel arrangements.
Graduate Teacher Training Courses
Equal consideration is given to all applications received by UCAS Teacher Training by the main application deadline, details of all deadlines can be found on the UTT website.
Law professional courses
For details about the selection and allocation process for the full-time Law Professional courses please see the relevant website. For the Legal Practice Course (LPC)/Common Professional Examination and the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) courses www.lawcabs.ac.uk, and for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC and BPTC LLM) https://www.barprofessionaltraining.org.uk.
Decision Making Process
Most courses require at least one reference, but some may need two. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Northumbria receives a satisfactory academic reference. If you have not been in education for a number of years, then a reference from your employer may be acceptable.
We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.
- Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer.
- Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course
- Reject your application
You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.
Fairness and Transparency
The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.
Tuition Fee Assessment
Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.
Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.
Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.
Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.
Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.
Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.
All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.
Disclosure of Criminal Background
To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.
Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.
If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled 'Criminal Convictions'. You must disclose any criminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet 'How to Apply'. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.
If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.
Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.
The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.
Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.
To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051
The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:
21 Ellison Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264
(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)
Provision of Information
The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.