Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (England & Wales) opens for applications tomorrow, 8th October, so if you’re thinking of applying to teacher training to start in 2020 this blog is for you!

Research all your options

You can use the DfE search tool to find available options and research which routes would suit you. There are a number of ways to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so take a look at the routes available to you here and decide whether you’d prefer to be predominantly university-based or school-based while you train.

You get to apply to 3 choices in Apply 1 and if unsuccessful you can then apply to available courses one at a time in Apply 2.


With bursaries, scholarships and early career payments available you could receive up to £32,000 to train and teach. For more details of funding options available visit the Get into Teaching website.


You need to speak to your referees and check they’re happy to complete a reference before you apply. Your application won’t go to your provider until the references are complete so a chat with your referee ahead of time will ensure they’re not holding your application up.

If there’s something specific you’d like your referee to include you could politely remind them e.g. If you got school experience and helped at an after school club perhaps mention to the teacher you’ve asked to be your referee that you’ll include that in your statement and it would be useful if they could comment on that too.

Personal Statement

This is the main element of your application so spend time on it. Think about why you want to teach, what experiences you’ve had to date, what extracurricular interests you have that might be relevant (drama, sports etc.). Try to engage the reader – they’ll be looking at a lot of personal statements!

One statement needs to cover all your choices, including possibly going through Apply 2 so cover specifics but keep it vague enough to cover all your options.

This week we have our ‘Teacher Training UCAS Express’ in the Employability Hub, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10.30 – 12.30 focused on UCAS support and help for Initial Teacher Training, SCITT, School Direct and PGCE applications.

For more advice and tips on what to include in your personal statement have a look at the UCAS guide.

Teacher Training at Liverpool Hope University

For more information about Initial Teacher Training here at Hope visit The School of Education webpages

Further support with your application

For more support, whether it’s deciding which route to apply for or additional help with your personal statement, drop into the Employability Hub or book a 1:1 career consultation by contacting the Careers Team at

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