How teacher training places are allocated

Find out more about how the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) allocates teacher training places.
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UCAS is not involved in managing the allocation of teacher training places, or determining how many trainees a provider can recruit.

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, NCTL will not be allocating a specific number of training places to training providers. Instead, providers will be able to recruit as many trainees as they feel they need, until the NCTL advises a sufficient number of trainee teachers has been recruited.

Training providers will recruit suitable trainees on a first-come, first-served basis, until NCTL advises they can no longer recruit. Once training programmes have been filled, it’s up to a training provider to remove their vacancies from our search tool. We suggest you contact your chosen training providers to check they’re still recruiting before adding them as a choice to your application.


What happens once an application has been submitted?

NCTL is able to advise recruitment thresholds have been met and can therefore stop recruitment at any time. If this happens after your application has been sent to us, the status of your application will determine what happens next.

  • If you have been offered a place, your offer will stand and you’ll be asked to reply in Track by a certain deadline.
  • If you have not been offered a place, your chosen training provider will update Track to advise your application has been unsuccessful. If you are unsuccessful in all your choices, you can use Apply 2 to secure a place on another programme.