Choosing a training provider

There are lots of things you need to consider when deciding which schools and/or universities you want to apply to train with. Our tips below can help you make a well-informed choice. 

Search on UCAS Teacher Training 

You can search for teacher training providers on UCAS Teacher Training. The search tool allows you to view available teacher training courses and to filter results by:

  • location
  • age range
  • subject
  • type of vacancy (full-time or part-time, open courses, etc)
  • specific training provider names
  • programme types (School Direct, School Direct (salaried), SCITT and Universities)
  • outcome (what qualification the course includes)

Once you have an idea of the courses available to you, you can start researching individual providers in more detail via their websites or by attending an information event. Training providers can advise on what support may be available based on your circumstances – so it’s worth contacting them about this before applying. Register with UCAS Teacher Training to start on your application today. To maximise your chances of success, use all three of your options when you apply and choose a mixture of university-led and school-led courses. You can then make a final decision based on your interview experience as to which course is right for you.  

Do your research

With schools and universities all over England recruiting for teacher training, it’s important that you get your research right. You shouldn’t limit yourself to a particular type of teacher training course. To increase your chances of success, we’d recommend applying to a mixture of school-led and university-led courses. You can make the final decision on which course suits you based on your interview experience.

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 2016 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

Getting school experience will support your application and help you decide whether teaching is right for you. It will also give you a great opportunity to get to know a training provider and make an impression, just in case they have available training places. Even if they don’t, the 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.

Find out about arranging school experience.

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 depending on the course and provider. You should contact the teacher training provider you are interested in for details of the fees charged. 

To help fund your training there are tuition fee and maintenance loans available to help you cover your tuition 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, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits. If you’re on a salaried course, you can estimate any in-work benefits by using the calculators on GOV.UK

Additionally, many subjects at both primary and secondary offer financial support through a bursary or scholarship

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?



Related content: 

Find out about funding for teacher training

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

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


Application workshop Leicester

24 May 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.


Application workshop London

24 May 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.