Undergraduate Qualifications

3 Year courses

The entry requirements for 3 year courses leading directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are normally a minimum of:

  • GCSE Grade B or above(or equivalent) in English and mathematics.
  • For Primary, GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in science.
  • 2 passes at A Level (normally minimum 80 UCAS points) or equivalent (see individual course requirements for details).  Welsh Baccalaureate accepted.
  • You must have the necessary qualifications before the start of the course.

2 year courses

The entry requirements for 2 year courses leading directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are normally a minimum of:

  • GCSE Grade B or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics.
  • Successful completion of 1 year in higher education (normally 120 credits at level 4) in a related subject(s). For example, HND, Open University credits, vocational or professional qualifications.
  • Do you have overseas qualifications? Check your qualifications at the NARIC website
  • Further details on the courses available can be found at University of South Wales and


Changes from 2014/15

With effect from entry to ITT programmes commencing in academic year 2014/15, the statutory minimum entry requirements have changed.

The statutory minimum entry requirements of a GCSE grade C or equivalent in mathematics and English, have changed to a GCSE grade B or equivalent.

For applicants to primary courses there is the additional statutory entry requirement that you must have achieved a GCSE grade C or equivalent in science. This has not changed and the current requirement will remain in place.

Looking to teach but lack the minimum GCSEs? Read more>>

Certificate of Higher Education Introduction to Secondary Teaching

There are no formal academic entry requirements but you should be able to demonstrate a flair for mathematics, science, ICT or design and technology and wish to train as a secondary school teacher.

  • The course will prepare you to meet the entry requirements for the two year BSc (Hons) Secondary degree programmes with QTS.
  • The course can be completed one year full-time or two years part-time. 
  • Completion of an Access course is not required.  
  • Contact University of South Wales for further details.



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