Teacher Training Applications Opening Soon

Save the date: UCAS Teacher Training Applications Open on 13th October

Its that time of year again when applications for teacher training begin. If you’re a Level H student or a graduate with an interest in training to become a teacher, please read on.

Below is a run down of everything you need to get you ready for the 13th and a few words about the importance of applying early.

What type of teacher do you want to be?

Teacher training is available to suit all age groups (below university level) with a range of possible specialisms and providers:

Early Years – EYTS or School Direct

Primary – PGCE (occasionally PGDE) or School Direct

Secondary – PGCE (occasionally PGDE) or School Direct

Sixth Form and Further Education – PGDE (FE/Post 14)

Get ahead of the curve: when its gone, its gone!

Teacher training courses are on a first-come, first-serve basis, meaning that once a provider has interviewed potential trainees, and offers for places are accepted, the provider will not accept any more applications.

Training providers are obligated to keep training advertisements open for at least 14 days. Best practice for anyone intending on applying for teacher training should have their supporting statement ready for opening day or at least a draft, and ideally submit as ASAP or before the end of October to avoid disappointment. By November some providers will be full or close to full and by December options will be limited.

Application check-list

  • From today you will be able to search training courses through the Department for Education’s Find Postgraduate Teacher Training Service (making note of training provider and programme codes).
  • Register to use APPLY (UCAS)
  • Complete pro-forma questions including personal details, education and work experience.

 *Have all education certificates (e.g. GCSE and A-Level) or details of your certificates as you’ll need to know pass dates and examination boards.

  • Pick up to three different programmes of study (can be a blend of PGCE and School Direct or all the same type of training programme). Ensure that all course and institution codes are correct.

*Although your choices are not placed in rank order it is advisable to include your primary choice first.

  • Include your personal statement
  • Include two referees – contact them for permission in advance of application. For example, an academic and most recent experience provider.
  • Submit and track progress

*The turnaround from application to invite to interview can be up to approximately three weeks but is much quicker in many instances.

The personal statement

a) What to include

Structure, structure, structure…rather than telling the reader that you are a good communicator, show them with structure and concise illustrations.

Have a clear beginning outlining the premise of your application, a middle that describes your suitability in more detail with illustrative examples, and an ending.

Here are some elements to consider including within the personal statement:

  1. Your reasons for wanting to teach
  2. Relevant classroom experience
  3. How your education will benefit you as a Teacher
  4. Demonstrate experience or knowledge of how to plan, deliver and assess learners
  5. Provide evidence of being a reflective practitioner
  6. Any other skills or outside interests you consider relevant

b) Important guidelines to follow

  • Your statement must be no more than 47 lines of text and a maximum of 4,000 characters (with spacing).
  • Please avoid using bold, underlining or sub-headings throughout the statement.

*It would be useful to draft your statement in a word processor first (e.g. MS Word) and copy and paste over to UCAS application to ensure grammar and punctuation are correct.


Once all sections are completed you will be allowed to submit your application form. Submission of the application costs a single £1 fee.

Useful resources

Get into teaching: how to apply for UCAS teacher training

UCAS: how to write a personal statement

UCAS: how to apply

UCAS: filling in your teacher training application

We’re still here to help!

As always, the Careers and Employability is here to help, even in these difficult times. You can access us, via emailtelephone or video call by emailing careers@hope.ac.uk as well as My Careers Centre

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