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How to apply

All applications for entry to our PGCE programmes must be made through UCAS Teacher Training and application forms are available online through their website; www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training. Applications for 2017-18 can be made from 18 October 2016 and you are encouraged to apply early as many courses are filling up quickly.

An academic reference is required from any institution of Higher Education that you have attended within the last five years. Please note: if an academic reference is not submitted then this will cause a delay in the processing of your application.

For further details on the application process, please see our Interview Policy ‌.

We recommend you: 

  • apply as early as possible;
  • choose your referees early and explain to them that a promptly returned UCAS Teacher Training reference could make all the difference;
  • practice the Professional Skills Tests  early (see sta.education.gov.uk); use support materials if you need to improve your performance and use one of your three chances to take each test early, to strengthen your candidacy. You can access the practice tests before you apply, but you can’t take the actual tests until you have applied.

Please see our new routes into teaching guide to help you navigate the variety of routes into teaching including: University-based PGCE; School Direct fee-paying; School Direct salaried; and Teach First.

Entry requirements

Requirements for entry depend on the particular area you wish to study, so you will find them under specific subjects on the Primary Subject Specialisms and Secondary Subject Specialisms webpages.

Deferred entry

We do not consider requests for deferred entry either at application stage or after an offer has been made. Any applicant who can no longer take up a place offered to them will need to reapply in the following year and will need to go through the full interview process again.

Applicants who will be overseas during the recruitment cycle

If you will be outside the UK during the recruitment cycle for your proposed year of entry, you should make contact with the Admissions Office to discuss this.