Our Entry Requirements

Successful candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching and the drive and ambition to make it happen and must have:


Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent interpersonal skills – friendly and approachable
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • Passion for your subject
  • Resilience and a positive outlook
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities


  • A minimum 2:1  or above honours degree is required for Secondary teaching in Drama & PE
  • A 2:2 or above honours degree is required for Secondary teaching in subjects of  Art, Geography, History, RE, Music, Computing with ICT, Design & Technology, English, Mathematics, MFL and Science
  • A minimum 2:2 honour honours degree is required for Primary School Teaching
  • At least 3 GCSE’s  grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications


  • All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established University of Cumbria procedures
  • It is recommended to obtain school experience in a mainstream UK school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying but it is recognised that this is not always possible
  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference and a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study