Our PGCE courses are open for applications for 2023 entry.

When you've chosen the study route that suits your needs, you can apply through the gov.uk website.

You'll need:

  • to register before you can apply
  • our training provider code: L24
  • the training programme code
  • to complete the application form in full

You can make up to four choices.

There is no official closing date for applications, but once the course is full, it will be listed as having no vacancies.

If you require a Student Route Visa, it's now too late to apply for September 2023 entry.

PGCE personal statement advice

When writing about the course, answer:

  • why are you applying for this course?
  • why does this course interest you?
  • why do you think you are suitable for the course?

When writing about your previous study/experience, answer:

  • how the subject may relate to your choice of programme (you should give detailed information about your degree here to demonstrate the subject knowledge that we’ll be looking for)
  • what transferable skills has your previous study equipped you with
  • consider any additional experiences that you feel are relevant and would be an asset to the school

Personal Statement Dos and Don'ts

  • Do use your best English and make sure your spelling and grammar are correct
  • Do prepare your Personal Statement in editing software before cutting and pasting it into your online application
  • Do get feedback on your personal statement from teachers, colleagues, friends and family
  • Do explain why you want to study the course you have chosen and how it fits in with your long-term career plans
  • Do show how your previous study and experience with young people complements the course
  • Do be enthusiastic – if you show your interest in the course it will help your application
  • Do mention any relevant work experience you may have had.

  • Don’t (over) blow your own trumpet – you are not applying for a place on The Apprentice!
  • Don’t make your personal statement too dry, but equally don’t make it too informal
  • Don’t include jokes
  • Don’t exaggerate – you might be asked about what you have written if you are invited to an interview
  • Don’t copy someone else’s Personal Statement – applications are routinely tested for plagiarism

PGCE funding

If you start a PGCE in September 2023, you may be entitled to financial support from the Department for Education. The amount of support depends on the subject you wish to teach and your highest relevant academic award.

Find out more

What happens next?

You'll be notified that you've been invited to an interview day, or that your application has been unsuccessful.

If you are invited to an interview you'll be sent an email with details.

If you receive an offer

You'll be notified by letter and the gov.uk website will be updated - you can accept or decline your offer online.

All offers are conditional on the following criteria being met:

  • evidence of qualifications
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • medical check

You’ll be contacted later in the cycle with further details on how to present the relevant documentation.