Course applications for South Yorkshire are now open. 

Before you make your application through UCAS, you need to have a few supplementary pieces of information prepared and hold the relevant qualifications for the course you are interested in. Graduates, those changing careers, and overseas applicants will need slightly different information, so we’ve provided further detail regarding these in the guidance below:

1. Identify the courses you want to apply to

Before submitting your application you are entitled to choose up to three courses you’d like to enrol on.

The three courses you choose can be from the same or different providers. Make a note of the training provider code and training program code as you will need these to complete your application.

2. Check that you meet the course requirements

Providers are looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Good written English and the ability to be reflective
  • Resilience confidence, and enthusiasm
  • Emotional intelligence

There are also academic requirements you’ll need to meet. For our school-based providers these are usually:

  • A UK honours degree preferably at classification 2:2 or above or a recognised equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area.
  • GCSE English, Maths (and Science – for primary only) at Grade C/4 or above or equivalent.
  • You must also successfully complete pre-entry skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting.

All candidates are encouraged to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

Some people apply for School Experience before applying, to give them the experience of being in a classroom. You can apply for this via the Department for Education’s national portal here.

2a. If you don’t have GCSEs – make sure you meet equivalent requirements

GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:

  • 12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
  • Equivalency test from

GCSE science equivalents are:

  • 12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
  • Science equivalency test from
  • OCR National Level 2 Science.
  • BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science.

Overseas applicants

For applicants with qualifications awarded outside of the UK, you will need to check you meet the minimum requirements. This can be done in two ways:

  • Contacting your preferred teacher training provider
  • Using UK NARIC which can formally recognise overseas qualifications.

Career Changers

If you have been employed since achieving your degree you will need to provide full employment history and explanations for any gaps in training and/or employment.

3. Write your personal statement

Your personal statement is your opportunity to make The right first impression. Write about your knowledge, experience, and skills and how you plan to transfer these into teaching. Avoid repeating information that is already included in your UCAS application – you’re limited to a certain number of characters in your personal statement, so make sure you make the best use of limited space.

We recommend changing it up so that your personal statement stands out, but this is a good basic structure if you need a little inspiration:

  1. Why do you want to become a teacher?
  2. What knowledge and expertise can you bring to the classroom?
  3. What experience do you already have working with young people?
  4. What personal qualities do you have that contribute to becoming a good teacher?
  5. Do you plan to offer anything further to life outside the classroom such as clubs or extra-curricular activities?

4. Choose your references

As part of your application, you will need to provide two professional references. Your referees cannot be friends, family, or partners and must be someone who can provide further information regarding your professional qualities and knowledge.

Recommended referees:

  • A current manager or supervisor,
  • A previous employer,
  • A school teacher who you have worked with or volunteers alongside,
  • A mentor or tutor from your university,
  • For self-employed applicants: a client or supplier you work with or have worked with

5. Make your application

You will need to register with UCAS or Apply for teacher training, this is done directly through the individual websites. We recommend using Apply for teacher training if all your chosen courses are available through the service.

Once you have registered you will need to search for your preferred training provider using their code. Once all other relevant information is entered or attached, you can send your application.

This will be assessed to identify your strengths and weaknesses before being submitted to a shortlist for interview. You might have to provide further information at this stage and/or complete a series of written tasks to ensure you meet the knowledge requirements of the course.

6. Attend the interview

If your application has been successful you will be invited to interview. This will normally take place at either the teacher training provider’s lead school or at your placement school. However, following the Covid pandemic, it may be conducted remotely. 

Accepted candidates will receive information on the pre-course and welcome events, where applicable and some providers may provide links to useful materials before starting your course. 

Please note: Applicants with conditional offers may need to attend an SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement course) to refine their subject knowledge before they may attend the welcome and pre-course events.

Still unsure about which teacher training provider to choose? Check out our directory of local, school-led routes into teaching.