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Apply and Track availability this weekend

Apply for UCAS Undergraduate and UCAS Conservatoires, and Track will be undergoing short periods of maintenance this weekend, from Friday 30 September until Sunday 2 October. Please read on for details:

Friday 30 September 07:30 – 08:00: Apply will be available, however, if you see an error message during this time, please refresh your browser and sign in again.

Saturday 1 October 07:30 – 08:00: Apply will be available, however, if you see an error message during this time, please refresh your browser and sign in again.

Saturday 1 October 09:00 – 11:00: Track will be unavailable.

Saturday 1 October 14:00 – 15:00: Apply will be available, however, if you see an error message during this time, please refresh your browser and sign in again.

Sunday 2 October 08:00 – 23:59: UKPASS will be unavailable.

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

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Training programme availability

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) — part of the Department for Education (DfE) — is responsible for managing the allocation of teacher training places in England. From 2016 entry, providers can recruit as many trainees as they feel they need, until the NCTL advises they can no longer recruit. As such, spaces on popular programmes in England may now be full or filling up.

Find out more about training programme availability

Writing a UCAS Teacher Training personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to let training providers know about your qualities, skills and expertise, and why you want to teach.
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You can only complete one personal statement for all the choices you make in both Apply 1 and Apply 2. You can’t change it or create different ones for university or school-based choices.

The providers you’re applying to understand this, so they won’t be expecting you to say specific things about them or their programmes. However, if you’re applying for programmes in a particular subject or age group, it would be helpful to explain why you have chosen them, and the skills and attributes you have that make them appropriate for you.

What to include

You do need to think carefully about the things that all your chosen providers will want to know about you. You’ll probably want to include things like:

  • your reason(s) for wanting to teach
  • evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching
  • details of your previous education and how you have benefitted from it
  • any other work with young people, such as helping with a youth club, working at a summer camp or running a sports team
  • the range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching, for example, practical experience, managing people, working with or leading a team, and communication skills
  • any reasons why there may be restrictions on your geographical mobility
  • why you want to study in the UK, if you don’t currently live here
  • whether you’ve taken part in the School Experience Programme (SEP) organised by the National College of School Leadership (formerly the Teaching Agency)

These are the things all training providers want to know – whether they’re School Direct, a university or a SCITT  so there’s no need to worry that you can’t write different personal statements.

In addition to the details you give in the school and work experience section, you can also expand on your experience of teaching, such as visits to schools, classroom observations or working as a teaching assistant. 

How to write it

You can use up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces) – whichever comes first. Some word processing packages calculate character and line counts differently from the UCAS Teacher Training system, so you might need to redraft your statement if there’s a discrepancy between the counts.

  • Write in English (or Welsh if you’re applying to Welsh providers) and avoid italics, bold or underlining.
  • Get the grammar and punctuation right and redraft your statement until you’re happy with it.
  • It’s a good idea to write your personal statement in a word processor first, then copy and paste it into your application.

Don’t copy!

Don’t copy anyone else’s personal statement or from statements posted on the internet. Make sure your personal statement is all your own work.

We screen all personal statements across our Copycatch similarity detection system. If we find any similarity, your application will be flagged  you and all your choices will receive an email alert and this could have serious consequences for your application.