How the application system works
We urge you to read the course information on our vacancy page before applying.
The way to apply for postgraduate teacher training in England has changed. All applications must now be made online through Apply for teacher training a new GOV.UK service.
The first time you go into the link, it will ask you for your email address. There are no passwords. When you click the link a second time, perhaps from another computer, it may say that it has sent a link to your email -and you can then click that and get straight back into your application page. If you go back in from the same computer, it may recognise that and just take you straight back into your application page.
The 'Apply 1' and 'Apply 2' process
The first time you apply, you will be able to select three choices. This could be three WLTTA courses or it could include courses with other providers. It could include both salaried and unsalaried courses. Normally, we would caution against applying for two completely different subjects or phases. This process is called ‘Apply 1’.
If you are unsuccessful from all three choices (which includes if you withdraw from them) then you are free to apply again the same year, as many times as you like, but now you can only make one choice at a time. This second process is called ‘Apply 2’.
Structure of the Application
The first section is where you can choose your courses. It will link you into the DfE portal 'Find Postgraduate Teacher training' to help you make your three choices. In this section of the application, like in the others, you can choose to come back to it later if you want to complete other parts of the application first. With a few providers (us included!), when you choose the course it also prompts you to choose the location (school) from a drop down list. With other providers you cannot choose the school.
It will ask you for contact details for your referees and it will automatically contact them even before you have completed the application, just to speed things up.
3. Personal Details
About yourself, contact details, residency status, etc.
This will ask you about whether you have a Maths, English and Science GCSE and the grade, or whether you have an equivalent qualification. It allows you to say that you are not sure.
It will also ask you about A-Levels and your degree, or any equivalency information for these if they are not from UK. Again there is an option to say I'm not sure.
Do check the advice in our separate tabs about 'Overseas Qualifications' and 'GCSE Equivalencies' if these issues apply to you.
If you have indicated on your application that you are not sure about the equivalency of some of your qualifications, we will call you and help you resolve this.
5. Work Experience
It allows you to add your work history including unpaid experience. Schools are keen to see all your experience, not just any relating to schools.
6. Personal Statement
It asks you to write about
- 'Why you want to teach' (600 word limit) and
- 'Your suitability to teach a subject or age group' (400 word limit).
If you need help, it directs you through a link to register with Get into Teaching to talk to a teacher training advisor .
It will prompt you to ask for support if you are disabled and any adjustments you might need at interview.
It prompts you to declare any safeguarding issues. It provides information to clarify what this means.