Entry Requirements

To qualify for the Primary Initial Teacher Training Programme school centered routes you must have:

  • An honours degree, preferably 2:2 or above, from a UK higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification.
  • GCSE grade 4 or above (C or above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in English Language, science and mathematics. 
  • Competency in the fundamental skills of English and maths.
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Health checking process that identifies no concerns about suitability to teach.
  • 2 suitable references

All overseas qualifications will need to be verified by ENIC (previously known as NARIC). For further information, please take a look at the ENIC website by clicking on the green link above:



West Essex SCITT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Candidates who are invited to interview will be required to  give relevant details of any gaps in employment or study and these will be discussed in the interview. 

All candidates who are offered a place will be required to have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check in Child Workforce as a condition of acceptance to the course. 

All candidates who are offered a place and have lived or worked outside of the UK for a period of 3 months or longer (in the last 5 years), will be asked to apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct in addition to their DBS check.

All candidates who are offered a place on the course will be required to provide references from two professional individuals.

As part of our due diligence process, we may also carry out an online search for candidates who are offered a place on the course and this may affect the status of the original offer.


Fitness to Teach

At West Essex SCITT we are committed to equality of opportunity for all and actively oppose all forms of discrimination. We have the responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and capacity to train to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm, whilst meeting the expectations of the Equality Act 2010 in the relation to the offer of reasonable adjustments.

 What are reasonable adjustments?


Competency in the fundamental skills of English and maths 

All prospective teachers are expected to be competent in the fundamental skills for English and mathematics.

We will use diagnostic activities during the recruitment process to see where applicants are at the initial stage of their journey to become a teacher. These will be used to inform training needs so that we can help ensure that all fundamental skills are secure before the end of the training year.

By the end of the teacher training year, all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:


Speaking, listening and communicating

  • Use standard English grammar, clear pronunciation and vocabulary relevant to the situation to convey instructions, questions, information, concepts and ideas with clarity.
  • Read fluently and with good understanding


  •  Write clearly, accurately, legibly and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation.


  • Use data and graphs to interpret information, identify patterns and trends and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Interpret pupil data and understand statistics and graphs in the news, academic reports and relevant papers.
  • Complete mathematical calculations fluently with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. 
  • Solve mathematical problems using a variety of methods and approaches including: estimating and rounding, sense checking answers, breaking down problems into simpler steps and explaining and justifying answers using appropriate language.