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Thinking of becoming a teacher? You’ll be joining one of the most important professions, with a wonderful opportunity to transform children’s lives.

Postgraduate teacher training (PGCE) applications are handled by UCAS Teacher Training.

PGCE applications

You can apply online through UCAS Teacher Training from October 2017 for courses that start in 2018. UCAS charge a small application fee. Once UCAS processes your application, you’ll be able to check its progress and reply to offers using the UCAS Track service.

After you’ve applied, you’ll receive a final decision within 40 working days. Before you apply, please ensure you’ll be available for interviews for the next two months, otherwise we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

Please read through the UCAS Teacher Training pages carefully for guidance on how to apply.

Each programme has a limited number of places – you should apply early to give yourself the best chance of being offered a place. We close courses when all places have been filled.

Getting your place

Classroom experience

In order to deal with the unique challenges of a career in teaching, it’s essential you demonstrate a commitment to working with your chosen age group. Ideally, you should have at least two weeks' recent experience of working in a UK state school.

If you don’t have classroom experience, try to observe lessons and help out in the classroom at a local school before you apply. The Department for Education offers support in gaining further experience.

International applicants

All applications to our PGCE programmes are through UCAS Teacher Training, even for international students.

When you complete your application, please state your actual qualification titles (not the UK qualifications you believe them to be equivalent to).

We may ask you to submit transcripts or certificates, or ask that you contact the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) if we’re unable to identify your qualification.

If English isn’t your first language, you may offer International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 as an equivalent to GCSE English Language.

Interviews

If your application is selected you’ll be interviewed before you can be offered a place.

Primary and Early Years interviews are held from November until the course is filled. Secondary interviews are held throughout the year.

Other education courses

Want to apply for an education course that isn’t a PGCE? 

Apply online by clicking the apply now button on the course page.

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