Apply 1 is the first stage in the application process for postgraduate teacher training in England and Wales. Find advice on applying for training programmes through UCAS.
UCAS Teacher Training is for postgraduate teacher training programmes in England and Wales. Apply through UCAS Undergraduate for all teacher training programmes in Scotland. 

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.
  • Make sure your choices are accurate before sending your application, and if you’re applying for any programmes via the GOV.UK ‘Apply for teacher training’ system ensure you don’t apply for the same programmes with UCAS too – as duplicate applications will be flagged and removed
If you change your mind about one of your choices, you can change one or more of them – but only once, and only within seven days of submitting your application.

When to apply

You can now apply for training programmes starting in 2021, and it only costs £1 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!

Find out what happens after you send your application 


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. 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 as quickly as possible. In the unlikely event they don’t reply by the deadline we give them (40 working days for applications received by 1 July, or 20 working days for applications received after 1 July), 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.

Find out more about replying to your offers