Step 4: Submit your UCAS application

In order to undertake teacher training you will need to complete an application using the UCAS website

It’s important to get this part of the process right otherwise it can delay your application reaching us.  We can help you with everything from picking the right course code to supporting you to write your personal statement.

The video on UCAS is a good place to start as it helps explain what is involved – click here to watch video.

Before you start

There are a few academic qualifications and points of action that you need to take before you can apply for ITT. These are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a higher education provider in the UK. If you have obtained a degree from outside of the UK, you must contact your training provider to ensure that your qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree.
  • GCSE grades C or above in English Language and Maths (grade B if you studied in Wales and grade C or above in Science if you are interested in primary teaching).
  • A pass in the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests.
  • At least ten day’s experience in a school – this can be voluntary or as a paid support role e.g. a teaching assistant.
  • Use the ‘UCAS Teacher Training’ search tool to check the specific entry requirements for your choices as schools may offer ‘top-up’ courses or accept equivalent qualifications.
  • Ensure that you notify your referees prior to submitting your application so that they are able to complete your reference as quickly as possible. This will minimise the risk of the training programme being closed while you’re waiting for them.

Register with UCAS

Register with UCAS and complete your personal details to begin.  You can then complete the relevant sections.

In this section you must give details of your school experience and work history. We are particularly interested in work in schools, but paid work is relevant too.

What to include:

  • Your school experience and work history, including your present occupation.
  • Periods spent abroad, placements and observations.
  • For time in a school or college include details of the age groups and subjects you were directly involved with.
  • For work not completed in a school or college: include information that illustrates your transferable skills, particularly those that would be valuable in the classroom.
  • For the ‘hours per week’ question, give the average weekly time you spent in each school, establishment or employer.

Salaried School Direct training programmes require your complete work history. If this will not fit in the space provided you can send the training providers your CV, or a summary of your whole work history. You must do this after you have submitted your application to UCAS and have received your welcome email, as you will need to include your Personal ID as well as your full name.

You need to have three years’ experience of work for the School Direct (salaried) route, so if you’re applying for this option, make sure this shows clearly on your application.

If you want to go into additional detail about your classroom experience or work history you can include this in your personal statement.

Your personal statement is your opportunity to let us know about your qualities, skills and expertise, and why you want to be a teacher.

  • You can use up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces) – whichever comes first. Some word processing packages calculate character and line counts differently from the UCAS Teacher Training system, so you might need to redraft your statement if there’s a discrepancy between the counts.
  • Write in English and avoid italics, bold or underlining.
  • Get the grammar and punctuation right and redraft your statement until you’re happy with it; it’s a good idea to write your personal statement in a word processor first, then copy and paste it into your application.

What to include:

  • Your reason(s) for wanting to teach.
  • Evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching.
  • Details of your previous education and how you have benefitted from it.
  • Any other work with young people, such as helping with a youth club, working at a summer camp or running a sports team.
  • The range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching, for example, practical experience, managing people, working with or leading a team, and communication skills.
  • Whether you’ve taken part in the Schools’ Experience Programme organised by the National College of School Leadership (formerly the Teaching Agency).
  • Expand on your experience of teaching, such as visits to schools, classroom observations or working as a teaching assistant.

  • If you’re still at university or got your degree within the past five years, one reference must be from someone at your university who can comment on your academic ability and potential.
  • The other reference can be from someone who knows you from work, or who can comment on your character and your potential as a teacher.
  • If you’re applying for a School Direct (salaried) route, one of your references must be from an employer. If it’s from a school you have been or are currently employed by, it must be supplied by the Principal.
  • If you left university more than five years ago, you can choose two referees who know you from work, or who can comment on how suitable you are for teaching. You can still use an academic referee if you think that’s the right thing for you.
  • If you’re providing a reference from a school where you have been employed or have done classroom observation, it should come from the Principal.
  • You mustn’t use family members, friends, partners or ex-partners as referees.
  • Do not use an email address that will result in an automated response (e.g. a generic HR address).

There is a fee payable of £24 which can be paid by debit or credit card.

UCAS Courses and Codes 

Leigh Academies Trust Provider Code: 24Q

For Teacher Training places commencing September 2017, the UCAS application process opened on 18th October 2016 and is now live – submit your application today be considered!

Course TitleRouteUCAS CodeStart DateStatus
PrimarySchool Direct Salaried 2ZXFSeptember 2017 Vacancies
PrimarySchool Direct Non-salaried2ZXDSeptember 2017 Vacancies
MathematicsSchool Direct Salaried2ZXNSeptember 2017 Vacancies
MathematicsSchool Direct Non-salaried2ZXLSeptember 2017 Vacancies
EnglishSchool Direct Salaried2ZXJSeptember 2017 Vacancies
EnglishSchool Direct Non-salaried2ZXGSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Science BiologySchool Direct Salaried2ZXTSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Science BiologySchool Direct Non-salaried2ZXSSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Science with ChemistrySchool Direct Salaried2ZXYSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Science with ChemistrySchool Direct Non-salaried2ZXVSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Science with PhysicsSchool Direct Salaried2ZXRSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Science with PhysicsSchool Direct Non-salaried2ZXPSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Business StudiesSchool Direct Salaried2ZXCSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Business Studies School Direct Non-salaried2ZXBSeptember 2017 Vacancies
HistorySchool Direct Salaried2ZY2September 2017 Vacancies
HistorySchool Direct Non-salaried2ZXZSeptember 2017 Vacancies
GeographySchool Direct Salaried2ZYCSeptember 2017 Vacancies
GeographySchool Direct Non-salaried2ZYBSeptember 2017 Vacancies
ComputingSchool Direct Salaried2ZYYSeptember 2017 Vacancies
ComputingSchool Direct Non-salaried2ZYWSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Modern LanguagesSchool Direct Salaried2ZY9September 2017 Vacancies
Modern LanguagesSchool Direct Non-salaried2ZY8September 2017 Vacancies
Engineering School Direct Salaried2ZZ2September 2017 Vacancies
EngineeringSchool Direct Non-salaried324WSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Design & TechnologySchool Direct Salaried2ZZ4September 2017 Vacancies
Design & TechnologySchool Direct Non-salaried324QSeptember 2017 Vacancies
Art & DesignSchool Direct Non-salaried2ZY4September 2017 Vacancies
MusicSchool Direct Non-salaried2ZY6September 2017 Vacancies
Physical EducationSchool Direct Non-salaried2ZY3September 2017 Vacancies