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UCAS Teacher Training: getting started

To teach, you need Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) based at a university, school, or college in the UK. Find out all your options here.
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An introduction to UCAS Teacher Training
This video explains the different routes you could take into teacher training, and includes first-hand feedback from teachers.
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Applying for postgrad teacher training?
Watch this video for an introduction to how to research and apply for training programmes.
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What to know when applying to teacher training

What to know when applying to teacher training | Get Into Teaching
Find out what you need to know when applying for teacher training programmes. Video provided by Get Into Teaching.
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How to apply

As an undergraduate, apply through the main undergraduate route

As a graduate, apply through UCAS Teacher Training for programmes in England and Wales. If you're looking for a programme in Scotland, apply through the undergraduate route.  

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1. Do your research

There are some qualifications and experience you’ll need to have to get a place on a training programme, and some further tests, questions and schemes to join.

  • Look into the different postgraduate routes into teaching.
  • Check what entry requirements you’ll have to meet to apply.
  • In England, you’ll need to have passed the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You can only sit a skills test once you have made an application – if you book to attend a test prior to making your application, you will be rejected by the test centre. Read our blog, where we answer the top three questions our advisers receive about the skills tests.
  • Contact your chosen training provider before you apply to make sure they are actively recruiting to their training programmes.
  • Register with Get into Teaching or call the Get Into Teaching line on 0800 389 2500 to get tailored advice and support about teaching.

Find a training programme

2. Then apply

Read about what you’ll need to include in your application.To make sure you’re ready to apply, check out our information and advice.

More info

Use these links if you’re looking for extra details about teacher training.

Teacher training in different countries

School-led training

Further education

Student finance

Click here to see the funding options that might be available.

Providing references

If you’re providing a reference for an applicant, here’s a guide you can use.

Want to find out more about your teacher training options?

Sign up to receive our online teacher training information pack, a free step-by-step guide to applying for a teacher training programme. In addition, you’ll receive a monthly email full of hints and tips, including advice from other students who’ve already been through the UCAS Teacher Training application process.