UCAS today publishes the 2016 UCAS Teacher Training End of Cycle figures. These include applicant and application data and analysis for the admissions service for postgraduate teacher training courses.
Posted Wed 22 March 2017 - 12:15

The UCAS Teacher Training scheme brings together higher education based, School Direct, School Direct salaried and SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) programmes into one admissions service.

Overall, in the 2016 UCAS Teacher Training cycle, applications were received from 46,000 applicants. In the 2015 cycle, this figure was 47,200.

Nearly 26,000 people were accepted to teacher training programmes in England and Wales in 2016, a decrease of 6.9 per cent on 2015.

Applicants from England

There were 41,400 applicants from England in 2016, a decrease of 1,000 (-2.4 per cent) compared to 2015. Of these applicants, 23,500 were placed in 2016 (an acceptance rate of 56.6 per cent) compared to 25,300 in 2015 (an acceptance rate of 59.7 per cent), meaning fewer applicants secured a place in the 2016 cycle.

Applications to English and Welsh training providers

In terms of applications (choices), training providers in England received 121,400 applications in the 2016 cycle. This is a decrease in the number received in 2015 (128,700) of -5.7 per cent (-7,300 applications). These training providers accepted 25,000 applicants in 2016, compared to 26,900 in 2015, and so placed 1,900 fewer applicants (-7.1 per cent).

For training providers in Wales in 2016, 3.9 per cent more applications (3,500) were received than in 2015 (3,300). Although they accepted a slightly lower proportion of their applications in 2016 than they did in 2015, they placed 1,010 applicants by the end of the cycle, an increase of 2 per cent (+20 applicants) compared to their acceptances in 2015 of 990.

Overall, the number of applicants placed to English or Welsh training providers saw a decrease of 1,900 acceptances (-6.9 per cent) to 25,950.

Applications to SCITT training providers

Applications to SCITTs increased by 1,700 (an increase of 18.1 per cent) to 11,200, compared to 9,500 in the 2015 cycle. Despite this increase in applications, the number of applicants placed only increased by 300 (+13.1 per cent) with 2,500 placed.

Applications to primary higher education programmes

Applications to primary programmes at higher education providers decreased by 6,500 applications in the 2016 cycle, with 24,600 applications compared to 31,100 in 2015 (-20.9 per cent). The number of acceptances also decreased to 5,300 from 6,900 (-1,600, -23.4 per cent) meaning applicants were less likely to be placed in the 2016 cycle.

The 2015 UCAS Teacher Training figures can be viewed on our website.


Notes to editors:


Scottish providers of postgraduate teacher training moved from the UCAS Teacher Training scheme into the UCAS Undergraduate Scheme at the end of the 2014 cycle therefore are not included in 2016 UCAS Teacher Training End of Cycle figures.

Data relating to the number of applicants placed on Scottish teacher training courses was published as part of the Undergraduate End of Cycle 2016 data on 15 December 2016 and shows that 3100 applicants were placed on teacher training courses in Scotland in 2016. 2815 applicants were placed on Scottish teacher training courses in 2015.

About UCAS 

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is a charity and the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from around 700,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses at around 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

UCAS publishes millions of data points on ucas.com throughout the year that can be freely used to investigate many topics in admissions for higher education.

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