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Get prepared now to make a great application

Planning on applying for teacher training this year? The UCAS application portal opens in October, but there is plenty you can be doing right now. By following our step-by-step guide to getting prepared, you’re in a position to apply early. This will give you a greater choice as to where you train to teach, as many popular courses fill up quickly. To have the best chance of success, and to receive tailored support during the application process, make sure you register with us.

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1. Check your qualifications

To qualify for teacher training, you need a degree and a GCSE grade C or equivalent in maths and English, as well as science if you want to teach primary. Some schools and universities may offer you the opportunity to sit a GCSE equivalency test if you need to – check with your chosen school or university.

2. Arrange your school experience

You’ll need to show you have spent time in a school observing lessons. It can also help you decide which subject and age range you want to teach, if you’re not sure about that yet. If you don’t know where to start, read our guide on finding classroom experience. We can also help you gain vital experience of classroom life with the School Experience Programme.

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3. Investigate teacher training courses

From October onwards you can start looking on the UCAS Teacher Training website where you can search for different training providers to see which courses are available locally. You should also consider whether there’s a particular type of training that would suit you better than others – for example, whether you’d prefer to train with a school or university.

4. Research the subjects you want to teach

You may be surprised at the variety of subjects you can teach, with the additional support of a subject knowledge enhancement course in case you need to refresh your knowledge.

5. Prepare your personal statement and organise your references

When you’re ready, our application tips can help you showcase your skills and submit the best application possible. Choosing the right references may also take some planning, so try to select referees who will be able to give a strong, positive reference for you – and be sure to let them know you’re planning to use them as referees.

9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers were employed within six months of completing training

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Train to Teach Ipswich

24 January 2017 16:30

This event in Ipswich will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Ipswich

Train to Teach York

28 January 2017 10:00

This event in York will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

York

Train to Teach Nottingham

02 February 2017 16:30

This event in Nottingham will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Nottingham

Train to Teach Birmingham

04 February 2017 09:30

This event in Birmingham will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Birmingham