All applicants should hold an Undergraduate degree of a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent. 

Applicants will be required to present original copies of any award certificates demonstrating the above at the Interview Stage.


All applicants should hold a grade C (or equivalent in English, Mathematics and a Science subject).

You need to have the GCSE qualifications before you apply. (Please note that Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not accepted as equivalents).

Professional Skills Tests

If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them before the start of the course.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for these yourself. If you are unsuccessful on the third attempt, you will be unable to proceed with your training and cannot re-sit the tests for 24 months.

For this reason, applicants are advised to use the online guidance and practice resources first before sitting the tests. LINK We strongly advise applicants to contact Cambridge Early Years Teaching School Support team before attempting tests for the second time in order to seek additional support and training first.

When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course.

If any candidate is likely to experience difficulties taking a test and has needs that entitle them to reasonable adjustments, they can apply for special arrangements.

Disclosure and Barring Service

It is a condition of all ITT courses that trainees must have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training.

Arrangements for completing DBS check applications will be explained as part of the selection and induction process.

Recent School Experience

The Cambridge Early Years Teaching School ITT programme will require potential trainees to have some recent school experience.

You should have completed at least 10 working days in a UK school within the 2-7 age range (preferably, 2-4) where you intend to train. If possible, you should also seek to spend some time in schools which cater for the ages preceding the relevant phase.