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Help with UCAS

To apply for any of the Fields of Learning School Direct

programmes, you need to register and submit your application through UCAS. This is an online process done through their website

Below is some information from UCAS’s website on the application process. Go to and follow these steps:

1. First you register with UCAS to use Apply (the online application tool)

Here you put things like your name, address and date of birth. You’ll need a username (your email address) and you create a password. Then you’ll get a personal ID. You'll need to accept the terms and conditions, and sign and agree to a declaration that UCAS and training providers can process and keep a copy of your application to collect data and detect and prevent fraud. You can request a copy of the information we hold. 

2. Then log in to fill in the rest of your personal details

The information you’ve already filled in will show up automatically. Then you’ll give some information like nationality and residential status. If you state a disability training providers will be able to make any adjustments you need. Since you’ll be working with children you need to agree to a Disclosure and Barring check, or if you have any criminal convictions.

3. Some additional info (UK applicants only)

Here UCAS ask about national identity and ethnic origin – not for selection but it’s helpful for analysis.

4. Then you add your programme choices

How many choices you can make depends on whether you’re in Apply 1 or Apply 2 (there are two different opportunities to apply for a course, one later than the other).  You use Apply 1 first and you can make up to three choices. In Apply 2 you make one choice at a time, but only if you're not holding a place from Apply 1. You can only choose a programme that’s showing it has vacancies when you send in your application – you’ll need to check on the online search tool whether programmes have vacancies.

5. Your education so far

Here you give information about your secondary and higher education and the qualifications you’ve achieved so far or expect to achieve before the training programme begins. Firstly GCSEs and A levels or equivalent qualifications – particularly your GCSEs in English and maths, and in science if you're applying for primary teacher training. Then about your degree. We need to know about the subjects you’ve studied and about the classification of degree you’ve got or expect to get. Then select the highest qualification you expect to have before the training programme starts. If you apply to study in England, you need to state if you’ve already passed the Professional Skills Tests. If you’ve got qualifications from outside the UK, you’ll need to get a statement of comparability from NARIC. This can take some time so you should do this before you send in your application. Successful completion of these qualifications may form a condition of an offer you receive.

6. Your school and work experience

In this section you must give details of your school experience and work history, including your present occupation (if applicable). Also mention 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 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. If you want to go into additional detail about your classroom experience or work history you can include this in your personal statement.

7. Then you write your personal statement

This is where you explain why you want to be a teacher and what you have that would make you a great one. You only write one personal statement for all your choices so it’s important to make it as good as you can.

8. Then you get two references

You can’t send in your application until two references are attached to it. You give the names and contact details of two people and we ask them to provide a reference. UCAS contact the referees and then let you know when each reference has been received but you won’t be able to see them. UCAS give referees two weeks to respond – if they take longer they send them a reminder and let you know. There’ll always be some delay while you wait for references to be completed and you must bear this in mind when you’re deciding when to make your application. If you want to speed up the process contact your referees to ask them to respond as soon as possible.

9. Now you pay your fee and send in your application

You pay the fee of £1, whether you have made one, two or three choices in Apply 1. This also covers any choices you make in Apply 2. You pay online using a debit or credit card. Once UCAS receive your application they forward it to us in electronic form and you can then track it online.

10. What if you want to make a change to your application?

If you change your mind and want to change one or more of your choices you can do this, but only once within seven days of sending in your application.

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