UCAS Teacher Training Personal Statement

A teacher and two pupils listen on headphones to audio from a computer.Making a strong application through UCAS Teacher Training is a crucial element in achieving a place on a PGCE.

Your Personal Statement can often be the deciding factor when tutors are considering who to call for a formal interview. As admissions tutors may read through hundreds of applications, the presentation and content of your information are critical.

Before you begin, make a few notes to focus your thoughts and allow yourself a couple of weeks to fine tune your statement before finally submitting it. Show it to your friends and family, be prepared for constructive criticism and use a spell check facility to ensure your spelling and grammar are accurate.

You are applying for highly competitive programmes of study so don’t be afraid to sell yourself and outline your relevant achievements.

Things to Include in Your Personal Statement

Two teachers observe three pupils touching a metal conductor on a desk during a physics lesson.You have only limited space for your Personal Statement so it is important that you mention all the key information necessary to make a good first impression. Be concise and do not repeat information that you may have included elsewhere in the application.

You should open your statement with an effective sentence and end with a brief paragraph as summary. You should also try to answer the following questions, particularly those relating to school experience:

  • Why have you chosen this particular course?
  • Why do you want to teach this particular subject / age range?
  • How many days have you spent working in school?
  • What did you observe during your school experience and what types of work did you undertake in the school?
  • What did you learn from your school experience, especially in the classroom?
  • Which age range did you work with?
  • Have you had any experience outside of the classroom with children or young people?
  • Do you have any relevant work history you could include?
  • Do you have any hobbies or interests you could emphasise?
  • Do you have a specific career direction in mind?

A teacher talks to three pupils sat round a table in a primary classroom.The UCAS Teacher Training process may seem daunting at times but effective planning and preparation, including dedicating sufficient time to writing on your Personal Statement, is the key to a submitting a strong application.

It is particularly important to be clear about your time spent in school, making sure you highlight how much time you spent on your school experience, the age range of pupils, and what you learnt.

Further Advice

If you are applying to Edge Hill University and would like any additional advice about writing a UCAS Teacher Training Personal Statement, please contact Course Enquiries on 01695 657000 or email pgce@edgehill.ac.uk.

Further information is also available on the UCAS website.

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