Am I eligible to train with Rochdale Pioneers?

All applicants must have a degree from a UK Higher Education Institute or equivalent prior to the start of the course. You will also need at least a grade C in English and Maths GCSE or equivalent. Primary applicants will also need at least a grade C in Science. Secondary applicants may be asked to enrol on Subject Knowledge Enhancement before you begin your training.

All places offered on the programme are conditional until the Professional Skills Tests are passed. The tests assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. More information about the skills tests can be found here.


All applications are made through UCAS. There are two application windows. ‘Apply 1’ opens around October each year and candidates can apply for up to three programmes. ‘Apply 2’ will open around January. Exact dates will be posted on our website and social media accounts to help you know when to apply.

We will be looking to recruit early in the cycle so we can prepare students as early as possible for the start of the course.