Applying Through UCAS Teacher Training

If you have the necessary entry requirements to study on a full-time or flexible PGCE, you should apply directly to UCAS Teacher Training at using their Apply service.

Application Phases

The application process is divided into two phases – Apply 1 and Apply 2.

  • Apply 1 – You have to use Apply 1 first. Prospective students can apply online for up to three courses starting in academic year 2015/16 through Apply 1;
  • 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.

Although programmes may open at different times throughout the application cycle, all courses available through UCAS Teacher Training have to accept applications for a minimum initial period of two weeks when opening for applications for the first time.

After this period, if a sufficient number of applications have been received, the course may stop accepting any more applications. Therefore, an early application is advised.

You can view our current PGCE course availability for academic year 2015/16 at

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 28th October 2014 – Apply 1 began for academic year 2015/16 entry;
  • Friday 2nd January 2015 – Apply 2 began for academic year 2015/16 entry;
  • Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Apply 1 begins for academic year 2016/17 entry.

 Submitting Your Application

When 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 £19 for academic year 2015/16 entry but this will rise to £23 for academic year 2016/17 entry.

Once your application is submitted, we have 40 working days to consider it. If we make you an offer, you will have 10 working days to decide whether to accept the place. You will be able to track the progress of your application at all times using UCAS Track.

Professional Skills Tests

Did you know, if you are thinking of applying for an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme, you will be required to sit and pass national Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy as part of the admissions process?

More information can be found at

Further Information

You can find out more about Apply 1 and Apply 2 on the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Alternatively, if you have any queries about the application process or course availability, you can contact Course Enquiries on 01695 657000 or complete our online enquiry form.