Here you'll find more information about UCAS Teacher Training, who can join, and how to do this.

What is UCAS Teacher Training?

UCAS Teacher Training is the single admissions system for the main postgraduate routes into teaching. The following full-time, part-time, modular, and non-modular types of teacher training programmes are included in the scheme.

  • One-year professional graduate and postgraduate teacher training programmes based in higher education providers (HEPs) and school-centred initial teacher training consortia (SCITTs).
  • School Direct and School Direct (salaried) teacher training programmes.
  • Two-year subject conversion courses.

Applicants who successfully complete these training programmes are eligible for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England and Wales. They may also lead to a Professional or Postgraduate Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Who can join?

The following types of teacher training providers can join UCAS Teacher Training:

  • Higher education providers (HEPs)
  • School-centred initial teacher training consortia (SCITTs)
  • School Direct accredited providers
  • School Direct lead schools — please contact the Department for Education (DfE) for details

The benefits of joining UCAS Teacher Training

There are many benefits to joining UCAS Teacher Training:

  • The scheme gives equal status to all routes: there is no differentiation between HEP and School Direct providers as customers of UCAS Teacher Training.
  • Training providers have the support of a centralised structure which is easy to understand and administer.
  • Access to our specialist support team based in our contact centre — (Winner of Best Social Media in Customer Service 2013 at the European Call Centre Awards).
  • The UCAS Verification Team who screen applications for fraud and similarity detection.
  • Attendance at UCAS Teacher Training events.
  • Peer support in a network of training providers.
  • A range of training opportunities and support from our Professional Development Team.
  • Allows for comprehensive and accurate data collection on applications and applicants (important as School Direct increases in scale).
  • Provides sound and up-to-date market intelligence.
  • Supports providers in the challenge of managing tightly regulated numbers.


To help support you through your initial set-up and the rest of the cycle, we have developed a range of resources:

Get in touch

For more information about joining UCAS Teacher Training, email us at and we will respond to your query within five working days.

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