The way you apply for teacher training is changing

The Department for Education (DfE) is building a new GOV.UK application service for candidates for postgraduate teacher training called ‘Apply for teacher training’. The new service will eventually replace UCAS Teacher Training.

Apply for teacher training will be simplified, user-friendly and flexible. It will allow candidates from a wider and more diverse pool of talent to showcase their skills, experience and potential to be excellent teachers.

Timings

The new Apply for teacher training service will be rolled out slowly, starting with just a few training providers in November 2019. From this date, therefore, there will be two postgraduate teacher training application services running side by side (Apply for teacher training and UCAS Teacher Training).

Over time, the new service will gradually include all postgraduate teacher training courses.

What does this mean for you?

We want to minimise inconvenience and confusion for candidates. We’ll be keeping this page regularly updated as well as offering you personalised support throughout your journey to become a teacher, which is available regardless of which service you use.

If at any stage you want immediate help when using the Apply for teacher training service, you can get in touch with us using the contact details on this page under ‘Help and advice’.

Choosing which service to use for your application

When you search for a course on Find postgraduate teacher training, you’ll be given a choice about which service you’d like to use.

Remember that:

  • providers who are signed up to Apply for teacher training will list their courses both on this new GOV.UK service and on UCAS Teacher Training
  • all other providers not signed up to Apply for teacher training will list their courses only on UCAS Teacher Training

We suggest you use Apply for teacher training if:

  • for now, you have one course on your shortlist, and the training provider is signed up to Apply for teacher training
  • you want to trial a streamlined, modern GOV.UK service with personalised support

We suggest you use UCAS Teacher Training if:

  • you have already started your application journey with UCAS Teacher Training
  • you are in the Apply 2 stage of your application
  • you have chosen three training providers, and only one of them is signed up to Apply for teacher training

A few things to bear in mind

1. When you apply using Apply for teacher training, you’ll be guided through the process and given all the support you need to complete it. You can get in touch with us using the contact details on this page under ‘Help and advice’. 

2. By using Apply for teacher training, you’ll be helping the Department for Education test and develop an improved application service that better meets the needs of candidates.

3. The qualifications you need for teacher training remain the same, whether you apply through UCAS Teacher training or Apply for teacher training.

4. Training providers will state clearly on their websites or the Find postgraduate teacher training service whether they are accepting applications via Apply for teacher training.

5. Training providers who are signed up to Apply for teacher training will also continue to make their courses available through UCAS Teacher Training, for now. The Find postgraduate teacher training service will provide clear guidance when this changes, so you understand when you need to apply to a course using Apply for teacher training.

6.  Apply 1 and Apply 2 deadlines, timeframes and the way in which providers process applications will remain the same for both services. Applications will be processed by training providers in exactly the same way, regardless of whether candidates have made them via Apply for teacher training or UCAS Teacher Training. Training provider and course codes will also remain the same across both services.

7. During the first round of your application (Apply 1), you should apply to no more than three courses in total, whether you use UCAS Teacher Training, Apply for teacher training, or a combination of the two.

Training providers who are signed up to the new GOV.UK Apply for teacher training service

To check whether your chosen training providers are part of our trial, view Apply for teacher training's continually updated list of participating courses and providers.

Help and advice

If you’d like more information and guidance about the Apply for teacher training service or need support with your teacher training application, you can:

You can also contact the Apply for teacher training team on becomingateacher@digital.education.gov.uk.