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Five tips to avoid deadline day drama

The deadline for conservatoire music courses is 2 October at 18:00 (UK time). By this date your entire application, including referee details and payment, must be completed and sent to us. Make sure you don’t miss this deadline by following these five tips.

1. Know your logins
We’ll start with the basics, it’s important you know your username and password so you can complete your application. You don’t want to be struggling to login while trying to meet the deadline. If you’ve forgotten your username or password, recover your details online.

2. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the personal statement 
The personal statement may appear daunting but we’ve got plenty of advice to help you along the way. Also, check out our personal statement mind map as it has lots of guidance on how to start, all the way through to completing it.

3. Make sure you have a valid debit or credit card to make a payment
In order to send your application, you must complete the payment section. It may sound obvious but check that the account has enough money in it to cover your application and audition fees and is valid to make payments online.

4. Don’t leave it to the very last minute
You never know what might happen, whether you have last minute internet issues or other technical problems you don’t want to miss the deadline because of it.

5. Keep calm
Above all, it’s important to stay calm and not stress. If you have any questions about your application, check out our website or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Good luck with your application!

 

Using Apply 2? Five things to consider before you add a new teacher training programme

In Apply 2, you can continue to add new choices, one at a time. You can even choose a programme you applied for unsuccessfully in Apply 1 – if you think that’s the right way to go. Or, you could try exploring an alternative route, training programme, or provider to increase your chances of starting your training in September. Last year, people who were more flexible about their choice of route or training programme were more likely to secure a place.

  1. Don’t rush into adding the first training programme that looks appealing – research what it offers and whether it meets your expectations.
  2. If you have a change of heart once you’ve added a new choice in Track, you can still apply elsewhere (but this will cancel your original choice).
  3. As soon as you change your Apply 2 choice, the 40-day reply period will start again, so make sure it’s something you want to wait for.
  4. It’s worth speaking to the training provider first to find out when they’re likely to make a decision so you don’t lose valuable time by choosing a different provider.
  5. You’ll need to attend an interview before you’re offered a place. Keep this in mind as you could be invited to interview at short notice.

Lots of applicants are successful in Apply 2, so don’t give up. During the last admissions cycle, nearly 2,500 recruits found a teacher training place in Apply 2. Good luck!

Apply 2 checklist:

  • Choose a training programme in search.
  • Call the training provider to check they’re still recruiting.
  • Add the new choice in Track.

Need some help?

If you’re considering alternative routes, you could get advice and guidance on your application from experienced teaching professionals. If you’ve applied for a teacher training programme in England, just call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500 or register on the website


Teacher Training: Three things to consider before you apply

1. Choose the right training programme

There are a few different postgraduate teacher training routes in England and Wales. Although training programmes in England and Wales are broadly similar, the routes available, eligibility, and funding options may vary. Watch our video on the different routes into teaching to see which one is the right fit for you. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to search for some training providers!

2.  Search for courses

You can find all postgraduate teacher training programmes that have vacancies in the UCAS Teacher Training search tool. Once you hit the search button, click the name of the training programme to find more details, such as entry requirements, to establish if it matches your qualifications. Even if the programme you’re interested has vacancies listed, it’s always worth ringing the training provider just to make sure that they can consider your application.

3. When to apply

You can register and apply for 2018 postgraduate teacher training places in England and Wales from 26 October 2017. Many programmes open immediately, but not all do - more will become available later, so keep a look out! Some training providers will have a limited number of places available, so make sure you don't leave your application to the last minute.


Need some help?

Sign up to receive your free information pack – an online step-by-step guide to applying for postgraduate programmes through UCAS Teacher Training.


Applied for teacher training programmes? Not got the offer you want?

If one of your chosen training providers was not able to offer you a place, don’t worry.

Wait to hear back from all your choices

If you applied to more than one training provider on your UCAS Teacher Training application, you may still be waiting to hear back from your other choices.

Remember, training providers have up to 40 days to consider your application and make a decision. During this time, your remaining choices may also invite you to interview. While you’re waiting, find out more about what training providers look for and what they may ask.

Not holding an offer? Use Apply 2…

Once you’ve heard back from all your choices, if you still haven’t got an offer, don’t panic. Apply 2 is your opportunity to add another choice.

The good news is you don’t need to re-apply in order to use Apply 2. You don’t need to pay another application fee, request new references, or change your personal statement. You just need to find a programme with places and add it to your application.

Martin Cowan found a teacher training place through Apply 2 and says, “Don’t worry if you’ve had no offers, Apply 2 simply follows on from Apply 1, and I was successful during this stage”

Get up-to-speed with how Apply 2 works, just in case!


Need some help?

If you are waiting to hear back from your remaining choices, you could be receiving free one-to-one support from an experienced teaching professional about your remaining applications and any interviews you’re yet to attend. If you’ve applied for a teacher training programme in England, just call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500 or register on the website


Accepted a teacher training place? Three things you need to do now you have a firm offer

If you’ve accepted a firm offer of a place on a teacher training programme, there are some important things you’ll need to do now.

Conditions to meet?

Even if your offer is unconditional, you may still have to meet some non-academic requirements, like a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. or declaration of criminal convictions. You’ll be told what these conditions are, but if you’re unsure, contact the training provider as soon as possible to confirm.

Do you need to send proof?

If you’ve met all the academic requirements in full, you may need to provide the training provider with proof. Make sure you do so as soon as possible, to avoid any delays when the training programme starts. It’s best to keep copies of everything you send to the training provider, and when you sent it, as a record in case anything goes missing.

Arranging student finance?

The sooner you apply for finance, the more likely it is to be in place when your training programme starts. There are various funding sources to support you through your training programme. UCAS does not arrange student finance, but there are different options you can check out:

  • If you are on a non-salaried postgraduate programme, you may be eligible for a bursary or training grant. The level of funding will depend on the subject you choose to teach, and your degree classification. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. Find out more about funding in England and Wales.
  • If you’re looking to train on a non-salaried programme, and you’re not eligible to receive a bursary or grant, you can apply for a student loan to cover your training programme fees and living costs. Apply through your regional funding organisation – Student Finance England or Student Finance Wales.
  • You may be entitled to Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) for physical or mental impairments, long-term or mental health conditions, or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Check if you are entitled to additional support and funding.

Before you start your course

Find out more about preparing for teacher training


How to apply for teacher training programmes in four steps

You can register and apply for 2018 postgraduate teacher training programmes in England and Wales from 26 October 2017. If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve got it covered in four simple steps.

1. Research training providers and programmes

Before you start your application, research the training providers that offer the programme you’re interested in. There are different routes into teaching, so if you’re not sure which one is right for you, watch our short video.

2. Register with UCAS Teacher Training

So, now you’ve found the programme and provider you’re interested in, the next step is to register for a UCAS Teacher Training programme. It’s a short process which will ask you for basic information such as your name, address, and date of birth. You need to provide a valid email address as this will be your username and you’ll be asked to create a password.

3. Complete an application

When you log in you’ll see a page like this:
 

Each section must be completed before you can send your application. We’ve got lots of advice on how to complete your teacher training application, along with hints and tips to help you with the personal statement and reference sections.

4. Pay for and send your application

Once every section of your application is complete, the final step is making a payment. The fee is £24 and you pay with a debit or credit card. It can take up to 48 hours for your application to be processed but once it has, you’ll be sent an email with your Track login details.

Dates and deadlines for teacher training applications can vary, but to stand the best chance of securing a place with your chosen provider, we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

Good luck with your application!


Need more help?

Sign up to receive your free information pack – an online step-by-step guide to applying for postgraduate programmes through UCAS Teacher Training.


Support on offer at uni

Whether you’re moving away from home for the first time, have just finished college or are returning to education as a mature student, starting university can be a daunting experience. For me, overcoming my anxiety made the transition difficult to say the least. After trying to move away, I soon realised that moving back home and transferring to my local university would give me my best chance of succeeding. After enrolling on a new degree course I was back on track.
 
As I now complete my fourth year at university, I think it’s safe to say that the support available helped me make the most of every experience. I’m not ashamed to say that, without the range of support systems available at university, I might not have been able to achieve all I have today.
 
Whether you face homesickness, bereavement, academic challenges, disability needs or accommodation issues, the chances are that support is in place to help. And, most of the time, student services can provide you with all the information you need.
 
The university’s counselling service provides support for any personal or academic difficulties you might face during your studies – there’s no need to suffer in silence. For me, this has been a lifeline; a safe space to go when things seem overwhelming. Careers advisers are available for anything from help with CVs and preparing for interviews to searching for jobs, work experience and further study options. The library offers a range of support including subject-specific librarians who can help with academic work and research plus workshops to help you with referencing, research and other academic skills. If you experience technical difficulties during your studies – like last week when I logged in to find that all my documents and files had completely disappeared – IT support get you sorted. I’m convinced they are magic. Most academic schools have a student support officer to contact as your first port of call. If they can’t help you directly, they will point you in the direction of someone who can. Finally, the Students’ Union also offers a range of support including student officers, student representatives and impartial student advisers who can help you deal with a number of concerns.
 
So if you’re feeling concerned about going away to university, as I was, be reassured that there is so much help and support at hand. You might even enjoy it ;-)

Accepted a teacher training place? Have you met the conditions of your offer?

So, you’ve accepted a conditional offer, what happens now? Here are three important things you need to know:

  1. You’ve been offered a place… as long as you meet some conditions. You may be waiting for the results of your degree or professional skills tests, or have been asked to meet some non-academic requirements including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, or declaration of criminal convictions. You’ll be told what these conditions are.
  2. If the training provider has asked you provide proof of your qualifications or experience, make sure you do so as soon as possible, to avoid any delays when the training programme starts. It’s best to keep copies of everything you send to the training provider, and when you sent it, as a record in case anything goes missing.
  3. If you’re not sure what you need to do to meet your conditions, or if you’re not clear what they mean, contact the training provider as soon as possible to get an answer. If you’ve accepted a conditional offer and you don’t meet the conditions, you won’t get the place.

Before you start your course

Find out more about preparing for teacher training


Why study architecture?

Name: Peter Oboko 
Course: Architecture student at London South Bank University (LSBU)

Alongside his studies, Peter has started his own specialist printing business for architecture students with the support of LSBU's Enterprise Team.

Why did you choose to study architecture?

I have always been fascinated with the mechanics of a building; how it has been put together, the thoughts and inspiration behind it, and how certain materials are formed and shaped to fit the building. Virtually all of the paintings and artwork I completed in school and college reflect the obsession I have with buildings. I also wrote various essays about the futurists, vorticism and other movements that embodied architecture. I see some buildings as a signature left by the architect for the whole world to see. Even the smallest of structures makes a difference to the surrounding area.
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What made you want to study in London?

To study in London is to experience the world in one city. With a diverse multicultural atmosphere, London is unbeatable when it comes to full immersion in a variety of cultures. From my youth until now, I am still finding little gems in London, whether it be a hidden coffee shop in the back of Soho or a private gallery somewhere in Shoreditch. No matter what you're studying there is always some place or something you can do to enhance your experience.
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What is the best thing about being a student?

The best thing for me is the learning environment. Not only do you have an opportunity to learn something that you have chosen, you can also make lifetime friends and partners with your fellow students. Being a student is a chance for you to learn about yourself, make mistakes, get up, make more mistakes, get up and win.

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Why did you decide to start a business as a student?

Like most businesses, my idea was born from a need. I’m an architecture student and we spend a lot of money on printing. To save costs for myself I decided to use what little resources I had to buy a good printer of my own. After getting a lot of queries from fellow students about who it was that I used to print my work and how much I was paying, I realised I might be able to turn this into a business, providing a printing service tailored to the specific needs of architecture students and practices. It’s now fully established, and with the support of LSBU's Enterprise Team, it really seems to be going from strength to strength.

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If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring or future student, what would it be?

Don't be afraid to be yourself and engage with your fellow students on your course and outside of your course, you can meet some really great people.

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This case study was provided by London South Bank University and is published with kind permission.
 

Applied for teacher training programmes? You may be able to use Apply 2...

Not holding any offers? Use Apply 2

So, what is Apply 2? Well, it’s an opportunity for you to add a new training programme if you’ve been unsuccessful or declined your original choices. You don’t need to pay another application fee, request new references, or change your personal statement (although you can create a separate version to send straight to the training provider).

Here’s how it works in five simple steps

  1. Choose a training programme that still has vacancies, using our search tool.
  2. Contact the training provider to make sure they’re still recruiting.
  3. Add the programme to your existing application in Track.
  4. Wait to be invited to an interview – here are some handy tips.
  5. Then, wait for a decision.

When adding a new choice in Apply 2, it’s also worth considering a different route. Last year, those who were more flexible about their choice of route were more likely to secure a place. But remember, you can only add one choice at a time.

Adding a new choice in Track? 

If you’re eligible, you’ll have the ‘Add Apply 2 Choice’ option under your original choices in Track. For more information, take a look at our guide on how to add a choice.


Need some help?

If you’re considering alternative routes, you could get advice and guidance on your application from experienced teaching professionals. If you’ve applied for a teacher training programme in England, just call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500 or register on the website


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