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Planned maintenance: 23 — 25 June
UCAS Undergraduate, UCAS Teacher Training, and UCAS Conservatoires

We are carrying out planned maintenance on Saturday 24 June. 

This means at times, you may become disconnected from Apply. Please do not make any changes to your application during the following times:

  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Saturday 24 June
  • 14:00 – 15:00 on Saturday 24 June

Track will also be unavailable between 09:00 – 11:00 on Saturday 24 June.

The UCAS Teacher Training search tool will also be unavailable from 18:00 on Friday 23 June until 23:59 on Sunday 25 June.

Filling in your UCAS Teacher Training application

Here's how to complete your application for teacher training. We take you through the application step-by-step, to help you get it right.
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You can now apply for training programmes starting in 2017.

Scottish training programmes are available through our undergraduate scheme. 

  • There’s quite a bit to fill in, but you don’t need to do it all at once – you can save your application and sign back in at any time.
  • There’s an overview below of what you’ll need to do, and there’s step-by-step advice in the Apply system.
  • You will not be able to submit your application until both references are complete – to speed up the process, contact your referees ahead of time.
  • You can only apply once in a cycle. Please don't apply more than once in a cycle, as you can't receive a refund for further applications. If you've applied in previous cycles and want to apply again, you'll have to submit a new application.
  • When adding your choices to your application, double check the availability of the programmes – you don't want to waste your time applying to programmes without spaces!

For training programmes in Wales, you can apply in Welsh.


  • 1. First you register to use Apply

    Here you put things like your name, address and date of birth.

    • You’ll need a username – which is the email address you’ve given us – and you create a password.
    • Then you’ll get a Personal ID.

    You’ll need to accept the terms and conditions, and we ask you to sign and agree to a declaration that we and training providers can process and keep a copy of your application to collect data and detect and prevent fraud. You can request a copy of the information we hold.

    There is a fee of £24 to cover administrative costs.

  • 2. Then sign in to fill in the rest of your personal details

    The information you’ve already filled in will show up automatically.

    • Then you’ll give some information like nationality and residential status.
    • If you state a disability, training providers will be able to make any adjustments you need.
    • Since you’ll be working with children, we’ll need to know you agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service check, or if you have any criminal convictions.
  • 3. Some additional info (UK applicants only)

    Here we ask about national identity and ethnic origin – not for selection, but it’s helpful for analysis.

  • 4. Then you add your programme choices

    How many choices you can make depends on whether you’re in Apply 1 or Apply 2.

    • You use Apply 1 first and you can make up to three choices.Once you’ve paid for and submitted your application you will not be able to add any more choices until you’re eligible to use Apply 2.
    • In Apply 2, you make one choice at a time, but only if you’re not holding a place from Apply 1.
    • You can only choose a programme that’s showing it has vacancies when you send in your application – you’ll need to check on the online search tool to see whether programmes have vacancies.
  • 5. Your education so far

    Here you’ll tell us about your secondary and higher education and the qualifications you’ve achieved so far, or expect to achieve before the training programme begins.

    • First tell us about GCSEs and A levels or equivalent qualifications – particularly your GCSEs in English and maths, and in science if you’re applying for primary teacher training. Some providers only consider applicants with appropriately graded GCSEs or equivalent in these subjects. Others consider you if you expect to achieve them before you start the programme, or they may offer an equivalency test. Providers normally state entry requirements in our search tool, as well as on their own websites. Contact them if you’re not sure if your qualifications are the equivalent of GCSEs.
    • Then you need to tell us about your degree. Training providers need to know about the subjects you’ve studied and about the classification of degree you’ve got or expect to get.
    • Then select the highest qualification you expect to have before the training programme starts.
    • If you apply to study in England, we need to know if you’ve already passed the professional skills tests.
    • If you’ve got qualifications from outside the UK, you’ll need to get a statement of comparability from NARIC. This can take some time so you should do this before you send in your application.

    Successful completion of these qualifications may form a condition of an offer you receive.

  • 6. Your school and work experience

    In this section you must give details of your school experience and work history. Training providers will be particularly interested in work in schools, but paid work is relevant too.

    What to include:

    • Your school experience and work history, including your present occupation.
    • Periods spent abroad, placements and observations.
    • For time in a school or college include details of the age groups and subjects you were directly involved with.
    • For work not in a school or college include information that illustrates your transferable skills, particularly those that would be valuable in the classroom.
    • For the ‘hours per week’ question give the average weekly time you spent in each school, establishment or employer.

    Some training programmes, including all salaried School Direct training programmes, require your complete work history. If this will not fit in the space provided you can send the training providers your CV, or a summary of your whole work history. You must do this after you have submitted your application to us and have received your welcome email, as you will need to include your Personal ID as well as your full name.

    You need to have three years’ experience of work for the School Direct (salaried) route. So if you’re applying for this option, make sure this shows clearly on your application.

    If you want to go into additional detail about your classroom experience or work history you can include this in your personal statement.

  • 7. Then you write your personal statement

    This is where you show training providers why you want to be a teacher and why you’d make a great one.

    You only write one personal statement for all your choices, so it’s important to make it as good as you can.

  • 8. Then you get two references

    You can’t send in your application until two references are attached to it.

    • You give the names and contact details of two people and we ask them to provide a reference.
    • We let you know when each reference has been received but you won’t be able to see them.
    • We give referees two weeks to do this – if they take longer, we’ll send them a reminder and let you know.

    There will always be some delay while you wait for references to be completed, and you must bear this in mind when you’re deciding when to make your application. If you want to speed up the process, contact your referees to ask them to respond as soon as possible.

  • 9. Now you pay your fee and send your application

    You pay the fee of £24, whether you have made one, two or three choices in Apply 1. This also covers any choices you make in Apply 2.

    You can pay online using a debit or credit card. It doesn’t need to be in your name, but you must have permission to use it.

  • 10. What if you want to make a change to your application?

    If you change your mind and want to change one or more of your choices, you can do this:

    • but only once
    • within seven days of sending us your application

Useful documents

  • If you've got a question about completing your application, read through the UCAS Teacher Training FAQs for advice.
  • You can use some European characters in your personal details, personal statement, employment and referee details. Some training providers will not view these characters correctly — check the Extended character sets substitution list to see the character substituted in its place.