Cumbria Primary Teacher Training

High Street, Workington,
Cumbria, CA14 4ES

01900 606855

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

  • All entrants must hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
  • Have attained at least a grade 4 in the GCSE examination (or equivalent*) in Mathematics, English, and Science (Science is required for all entrants including those born before 01/09/79.)
  • Have passed the QTS Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy.

* If you don't have a GCSE in Mathematics, Science and or English then you can do an Equivalent test at

Non-Academic Entry Requirements

  • Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
  • Have not previously been excluded from teaching or working with children. 
  • Have successfully completed DBS checks.
  • Present strong references, one of which should be from a main tutor of the most recent University attended (or current employer if you left University more than five years ago.)
  • Pay course deposit of £100. The deposit is refundable when the course is completed successfully.

What we are looking for

We look for individuals who have the potential to be inspirational teachers.

You should be enthusiastic and committed with a love of learning.

You should be polite, considerate and positive with an ability to form strong working relationships with children and colleagues.

You should have strong, foundation skills and subject knowledge that, combined with the attitudes above and our support, will allow you to progress well against the QTS standards.


How we select our trainees

All feedback indicates that we have a very welcoming and friendly selection procedure that puts prospective candidates at their ease and allows them to relax and give of their best. This includes a thorough briefing pack that allows candidates to prepare thoroughly and to know exactly what is expected of them.

We take your application and selection very seriously and it involves the full spectrum of CPTT staff: the Director; head teachers of CPTT Board; the administration team and school-based mentors. You can be sure of a friendly, interested, welcoming, fair but very thorough approach.

Selection begins with careful scrutiny of application forms. You will always receive personal feedback on your application, whether or not you are successful.

If you are then invited for interview you will be asked to:

  • Undertake a simple classroom activity with a group of children.
  • Complete a co-operative group discussion task with other candidates.
  • Complete a written task based on the above.
  • Give a short presentation.
  • Answer questions in a traditional interview.

You will be promptly informed if we are going to offer you a place or not and, whatever the decision, you will receive detailed feedback on how you acquitted yourself.

CPTT is committed to safeguarding and we build this into our selection procedures. All centre staff involved in selection are trained in safe recruitment and all our schools have similar training, policies and procedures in place.