When you apply, you are expected to have:

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher;
  • Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.
  • Before the programme commences, you must have:
  • A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required;
  • GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent);
  • GCSE in Combined Science, Physics, Chemistry or Biology at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent).

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

An academic reference is required for all students who have graduated in the last five years. An interview will form part of the selection process.

What are we looking for?

In addition to meeting the entry requirements, Forward First is looking for the following qualities:

• Passion for primary education

• Aspiration for all children to shine and achieve their potential

• Ambition to be a great teacher at the end of the training year

• Trainees who are solution focussed

• Tenacious and persistent in acquiring, developing and applying strong subject knowledge

• Motivation and enthusiasm with high levels of professionalism

• Ability to work as a team

• Willingness to contribute to the wider life of a school

• Organisation and high quality communication skills

• Self-reflection and determination to take on board feedback
and improve

If you accept a formal offer from Forward First in partnership with Edge Hill University, you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.