Step by Step Guide


  • 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.

There is a fee of £1 to cover administrative costs.

  • Once you’ve registered and started your application you can save it and log back in at any time.


  • Log in to start your application

You will need to provide your:

  • Personal details
  • nationality and residential status
  • any disability
  • agree to a Disclosure and Barring check
  • declare any criminal convictions
  • national identity and ethnic origin – not for selection (UK residents only)


  • Programme Choices

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

  • Apply 1 first – 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.
  • Apply 2, you make one choice at a time (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.


  • Education

Secondary and higher education and the qualifications you’ve achieved so far, or expect to achieve before the training programme begins.

  • GCSEs (or equivalents) – especially Maths, English and Science (primary) as these form part of the entry criteria) and A levels or equivalent qualifications
  • Degree – Subjects you’ve studied and 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
  • For qualifications taken outside the UK, you’ll need to get a statement of comparability – This can take some time so you should do this before you send in your application


  • Professional Skills Test

You will need to pass a skills test in Literacy and Numeracy before starting on any Teacher Training programme (see additional advice about the test)

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

  • School and Work Experience

Particularly 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
  • For salaried School Direct training programmes, we require your complete work history. You need to have three years’ experience of work for the School Direct (salaried). 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.

  • Personal Statement

State 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.

  • References

You can’t send in your application until two references are attached to it to speed up the process, contact your referees ahead of time.

  • Provide the names and contact details of two people and UCAS ask them to provide a reference
  • You will be notified when the reference has been received but you won’t be able to see them

Referees have two weeks to do this

  • Send your application

You pay the fee of £1, whether you have made one, two or three choices in Apply 1. This covers any choices you make in Apply 2. You can pay online using a debit or credit card.

  • Making changes to your application

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

  • only once
  • within seven days of sending in your application

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