Train to Teach: Primary Entry requirements

Take a look at our entry requirements to see if you could start your journey to becoming a qualified Primary teacher in one year! TIE seeks to recruit trainee primary teachers with the potential to become outstanding. As an Institute of Education, we’re 100% committed to supporting you on your individual journey to ‘Outstanding’.

How do I apply?

You should make your application via the DfE website, search for NIoT@Trinity Institute of Education – code 1YFIf you meet the entry requirements, we will invite you to an interview with our TIE panel. Take a look at our Apply Now page for a step-by-step guide on making your application.

What qualifications and experience do I need?

You should have:

  • an honours degree at class 2:2 or above (or an equivalent qualification) in any subject
  • GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in Mathematics, English Language and Science
  • Applicants with overseas qualifications are welcome provided your qualifications are equivalent.
  • excellent knowledge in your chosen phase
  • an appreciation of education-related issues
  • Applicants with overseas qualifications are welcome provided your qualifications are equivalent. You would need to check this with UK ENIC. Your UK ENIC should show that your degree is equivalent to an honours degree and to what classification e.g. 2:2. If English is not your first language, a IELTs qualification – we are looking for an overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests for equivalency to GCSE English language. They need to have been taken within the last 2 years.  Unfortunately, we do not offer Visa sponsorship.

What personal qualities should I have?

Teaching is a demanding career and we’re looking for very special individuals who will thrive on the challenges they meet! You should therefore also be able to demonstrate:

  • your enjoyment of work with children and young people
  • commitment to a teaching career
  • your ability to reflect on previous school experience
  • effective communication skills (including written and spoken English)
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • leadership potential
  • personal initiative
  • the ability to relate to and engage with young people
  • personal attributes such as flexibility, independence and resilience
  • an aptitude for clear explanation
  • a passion not only for their subject(s) but for working with young people
  • why teaching is the right career for you
  • the ability to work effectively within a group.

And finally…

Safeguarding children is of utmost importance. Every teacher training candidate must pass a rigorous Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will reveal all convictions and any relevant information held by the police. You will also need to provide satisfactory references that evidence your suitability for work with young people.

Want more information?

Come along to one of our Information events, or send us an email with some questions!