In Apply 1, you can make up to three choices. Think about what kinds of training programmes you’d like to choose, and whether you want to make three choices from one route or make them across two or three routes.
- Competition for places can be strong, so think about how’s best to use your choices.
- You don’t have to use all three, but if you do, you have to make them at the same time – you can’t add them at a later date.
- There’s no restriction to your three choices – you can choose from any route, subject or age group, in any combination.
- If you’re making a School Direct choice, you’ll make your application to a School Direct lead school. However, School Direct generally works in a partnership of schools, so you might train in another school rather than the lead school. You might find out which school you’ll be at in the interview.
When to apply
- You can only apply for a training programme when it’s open. Check which are open when you search for programmes.
- Many programmes open immediately, but don’t worry if you can’t find a training programme you want – there will be more available later.
- When a training programme is opened for the first time, it stays open for a minimum of 14 days. It may then close, but if all the places are not filled it could open again later.
- Each training provider will have a set plan for when they’re opening theirs – so keep a look out.
- Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so please remember that popular training programmes will fill up quickly. Some subjects will have a limited number of places available, so make sure you don't leave your application to the last minute!
Before you can be offered a place, you’ll have to attend an interview.
- Many providers receive a large number of applications and so can’t interview everyone who meets the essential requirements.
- In this case, they’ll select applicants for interview using the academic and non-academic criteria.
In Apply 1, you could be invited to interview by each of your chosen training providers – if so, leave a full day free for each interview and make sure you can attend interviews within the 40 working days since you submitted your application. In Apply 2, you could be invited to interview at short notice.
How to respond to offers
Training providers are committed to letting you know their decision either before or at the end of 20 working days. In the unlikely event they don’t reply in time, the choice will automatically be made unsuccessful. Once you've heard from all your choices, you'll have ten working days to respond to any offers you get.