Choosing a training provider

Once you’re ready to apply for teacher training, you’ll need to consider the universities and/or schools you want to train with. When you apply via UCAS Teacher Training, you’ll be able to choose three teacher training course providers to apply to - use all three options to provide you with a greater chance of success.

Use our guide to help you make an informed decision on choosing the right provider: 

  • Find teacher training courses

You should first use the Department for Education’s find service to view available teacher training courses; you’ll be able to filter by location, training provider and subject. You will also need to use the tool to determine the correct codes for the training providers you’ve chosen; these will be needed when you register your choice of providers on the UCAS application system.

  • Do your research

Once you have an idea of the courses available, you can start researching individual providers in more detail via their websites or by attending a teacher training event

To help you make a more informed decision of the type of course that’s right for you, you may find it useful to see how newly qualified teachers rated the different types of teacher training in the 2017 NQT annual survey (PDF, 1.35MB).

You can also find out more about individual schools using Ofsted’s inspection reports, compare and contrast official university undergraduate teacher training course data at, and get greater insight into completion and employability rates from different training providers in the initial teacher training performance profiles report.


  • Use your school experience

Gaining school experience will help you gain a better understanding of the different options that are available, and the teachers you meet may be able to tell you about other training providers in your area.


  • Location and costs

If you are on a postgraduate teacher training course which is not salaried, you will have to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees vary,  you should contact the teacher training provider you are interested in for details of the fees charged. 

To help fund your training, you could get a £26,000 bursary. With or without a bursary, there are tuition fee and maintenance loans available to help you cover your fees and living costs if you’re on a non-salaried course. You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available. If you’re on a salaried course, you can estimate any in-work benefits by using the calculators on GOV.UK


  • Other things to consider 

Remember, if you need to commute or relocate to be able to undertake your training, it’s important to consider the logistical and financial implications. For example:

  • the cost of public transport and length of commute; would you know where your chosen providers’ placement schools are?
  • what are your accommodation options if you need to relocate, and are they within your budget?



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Find out about funding for teacher training