You need to create your application in our online system, Apply. This doesn’t have to be completed in one go. You can save your progress and sign back in at any time.
- Start by registering for your Apply account at www.ucas.com/apply, add some personal details, get a username, create a password, and set your security questions. Remember, both undergraduate and postgraduate Scottish teacher training programmes are listed in UCAS Undergraduate Apply – not UCAS Teacher Training.
- You will be asked for a buzzword for your school, college, or centre. If you’re applying independently, you won’t have a buzzword, so we’ll ask you some more questions.
- Please note, you can only apply once in a cycle, with up to five choices.
2. Sign in to fill in the rest of your personal details
- You’ll need to add in your funding and sponsorship options, residential status, any special needs or disabilities.
- Add your email address – we’ll show you how to verify it with us. We will use this email address to let you know when your application has been updated.
- You can give a parent, guardian, or partner nominated access if you’d like them to speak to us on your behalf.
3. Additional info (UK applicants only)
- Equality, ethnic origin, national identity, any summer schools/taster courses you attended, care and parental education, and occupational background should be added in this section.
- These questions aren’t compulsory or used for selection purposes – they’re just helpful for statistics.
4. Student finance (UK and EU applicants only)
- This page might appear if certain questions are answered in the sections above.
- For more information about student finance visit the Student Awards Agency Scotland website.
5. Course choices
You can choose up to five courses. There’s no preference order and your universities won’t see where else you’ve applied, until after you reply to any offers.
Check that you have the right level of qualifications and experience. Each university, each course, and each level (e.g. primary or secondary) have varying entry requirements, so it’s best to check with your training provider of choice.
Please note, Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) courses appear in undergraduate options. You will need to search for ‘education’ under undergraduate options.
6. Full education history
- You must enter all your qualifications – whether you have the result, or you’re still awaiting exams and results.
- Pending qualifications? Remember, you’ll need to send your results to your chosen training provider when you get them.
- International students – qualifications are listed by name and country, but don’t worry if yours isn’t there – just add it to the ‘Other’ box. You may have to send proof of your results to the training provider yourself.
- Can’t find your certificates? Contact SQA.
7. Your employment history
- If you’ve had any paid jobs – full-time or part-time – here’s where you can enter details for up to five of them. Include company names, addresses, job descriptions, and start/finish dates.
- Voluntary work and teaching experience should be entered in your personal statement.
8. Write a personal statement
The personal statement is an important part of your teaching application. It’s your chance to describe your passion and commitment for teaching, as well as any relevant experience, to support your application.
Here are some things to consider when writing your personal statement:
- Why do you want to become a teacher?
- What skills do you have that will make you a good teacher?
- What experience do you have in working with children and young people of all ages? And what appeals to you about working with them?
Admissions will be looking for your ability to communicate well, so we recommend taking your time on this section. Don’t forget to clearly demonstrate what you have to offer and how you would make a great candidate for the course, as well as an excellent teacher.
9. Getting a reference
You’ll need one reference, which is submitted online by your referee prior to sending your application. A reference is a written recommendation to support your application.
You must have a completed reference on your application before it is sent to us.
- If you’re still at university or completed your degree within the past five years, your reference can be from someone at your university who can comment on your academic ability, potential, and suitability for teaching.
- Alternatively, your reference can be from someone who knows you from work, or who can comment on your character and your potential as a teacher. If it’s from a school you have been, or are currently employed by, it must be supplied by the headteacher.
- If you’re self-employed and unable to provide a reference from a former employer, your referee should be someone who knows you from work, who can comment on your work and suitability for teaching.
10. View all the details and send your application
See if you need to make any edits, then mark it as complete and save it.
Once you’ve marked all sections as complete, you’ll be able to read and agree to the declaration – which allows us to process your info and send it to your chosen training providers. You’ll then be able to move on to the final sections.
The application fee is £18 if you’re applying to just one course, or £24 for multiple courses, and for late applications sent after 30 June.
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What happens after I’ve submitted my application?
Find out more about what happens after you have submitted your application.
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