STEP Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements


To be eligible for the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) you must meet the following criteria:



  • A UK 1st or 2nd Class Honours Degree or recognised equivalent.
  • Applicants must submit an IELTS (Academic) for UKVI score with their application (any IELTS test must have been taken no more than two years before the proposed start date of the programme being applied for). The minimum requirements for English language proficiency are as follows: An overall band score of 7.0, or UCL equivalent, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component in IELTS (Academic) for UKVI test certificate. Applicants with the overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum 6.0 in each component) will be considered and, if selected, will be eligible to receive a conditional offer. All conditional offer holders will be required to attend and successfully complete an approved pre-sessional course in the UK at UCL Institute of Education and demonstrate that they have reached an overall score of 7.0 with appropriate scores in each subtest before they are formally enrolled onto STEP.
  • Minimum of one year’s experience teaching in a Religious Education Centre that falls under the ITREB jurisdiction of any one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Australia and   New Zealand, Bangladesh, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Far East, France, India, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, United Kingdom or the United States of America.
  • To enter a contract-bound commitment of a minimum of 3 years to work as a teacher within the ITREB network, with opportunities for career progression within the wider Aga Khaninfo-icon network of institutions.