To qualify for the Primary School Direct fee funded (unsalaried) and School Direct salaried school centered route you must have

  • English, Maths and Science GCSE grade C/4 or above or equivalent
  • a degree of preferably a 1st or a 2:1, though no minimum is specified as we are willing to consider applicants who have a degree who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.

You must also:

  • provide 2 references 
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in both spoken and written Standard English.

All overseas qualifications will need to be verified by ENIC (used to be known as NARIC). For further information, please click on the link below:


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?

From 2020/2021, the professional skills tests have been replaced with a new system where trainees will be assured against a set of fundamental Maths and English Skills by the end of their initial teacher training. Please see below.