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Guidance for writing your UCAS application
Securing a place on a programme of teacher training with us is a very competitive process so, to give yourself every advantage, you need to ensure that your application stands up to scrutiny against those of other applicants.
Information and guidance on filling in your UCAS Undergraduate application can be found here.
For primary school teaching, we will be looking for applicants who can evidence a wide range of subject knowledge with good grades at GCSE and A-level. It has been demonstrated that a good academic profile allows students to cope with the demands of a degree route more easily. Please ensure that you do not only give your English, Maths and Science GCSEs; make sure you also include all your other GCSEs, A levels and any other vocational certificates as well.
If you are applying whilst still at school/college, your referee should be someone who knows you academically and can talk about your work ethic, interaction with other students and your suitability for higher education or a future career. We recommend that you ask your tutor, teacher, principal or head teacher.
If you are already employed within a school setting, your referee must be the Headteacher of the school in which you work.
If you left education years ago, you can use an employer, volunteering supervisor or trainer, or preferably, if you have undertaken any work experience in a school, please use the Headteacher of that school as your referee.
We highly recommend that you don’t ask family, friends, partners or ex-partners though – if you do your application may be cancelled.
It is important that you utilise every word allowed in your total word count. We will be looking for applicants, who demonstrate through their personal statement that they will thrive in their future role as a teacher that they have a creative and innovative approach, which will inspire both children and colleagues that they will strive to provide the best opportunities that they can for the children in their care to learn and flourish that they will have the highest expectations of themselves and that they will be a credit to the teaching profession.
Further advice on writing a personal statement is available on the UCAS website.