Applying Through UCAS Teacher Training

If you want to study a full-time or flexible/part-time PGCE at Edge Hill University, you will need to apply through UCAS Teacher Training.

How to Apply

Applications are made online at

Applying Through UCAS Teacher TrainingThe application process is divided into two phases – Apply 1 and Apply 2.

  • Apply 1 – you have to use Apply 1 first. Applications can be submitted for up to three courses starting in academic year 2016/17;
  • Apply 2 – If you apply through Apply 1 but you aren’t offered a place, or you decline all the offers you receive, you can continue to apply to new choices through Apply 2. However, in Apply 2, you are restricted to one choice at a time.

You can view current course availability for academic year 2016/17 at

This year we expect our PGCEs to fill quicker than ever before. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you apply early in the cycle.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Apply 1 begins for academic year 2016/17 entry;
  • Monday 9th November 2015Apply 2 begins for academic year 2016/17 entry.

 Submitting Your Application

Applying Through UCAS Teacher TrainingWhen you begin your application, you will be asked to give details of your qualifications, employment history and personal information. You will also need to write a Personal Statement and provide names and contact details for two referees. It is very important that you choose your referees carefully.

If you have been in higher education in the five years prior to your application, one reference should be academic – for example, from a former lecturer, personal tutor, or guidance counsellor/careers advisor.

The second referee should be someone who knows you in a professional capacity, such as a former employer. Alternatively, if you have undertaken a recent placement, your second referee could be a teacher from the school where you gained this experience.

An application through UCAS Teacher Training currently costs £23 for academic year 2016/17 entry.


Applying Through UCAS Teacher TrainingOnce your application is submitted, we have 40 working days to consider it and may ask you to attend for an interview.

An offer of a place may be unconditional (i.e. a firm offer of a place on a programme) or conditional (i.e. you have an offer of a place, as long as you meet specified conditions, such as degree classification or successful completion of Professional Skills Tests).

Once you have received decisions from all of your choices, you will have ten working days to decide whether to accept a place. You must respond within this timeframe or any offers will be automatically declined.

You will be able to track the progress of your application at all times using UCAS Track and must formally reply to your offers through this system when making a decision.

Professional Skills Tests

Applying Through UCAS Teacher TrainingYou will be required to sit and pass national Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy as part of the admissions process to all PGCEs.

Once you have submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training, you can register and book for the Professional Skills Tests via the Department for Education website. The tests can be taken at a selection of learndirect test centres across the UK.

For further information, visit

Further Information

If you have any queries about the application process or course availability, please do not hesitate to contact PGCE Course Enquiries by calling 0808 144 66 44 or emailing