How Do I Apply

Initial Teacher Education Applications

Undergraduate teacher training applications are handled by UCAS. Please refer to the undergraduate applications page for more details.

Postgraduate teacher training (PGCE) applications are handled by UCAS Teacher Training. The exact method can vary from year to year, so please read the following carefully.

Assessment Only Route to QTS - please apply using this application form Application for General Admission please submit it to

We are looking for applicants who are well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

Academic Qualifications

In order to apply for a PGCE programme you will need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). For Primary and Early Years programmes your degree can be in any subject. For Secondary programmes your degree normally needs to be in the subject you are applying to teach. You will need to have at least a 2.2 honours degree for all PGCE programmes.

Before applying for a Secondary programme you will need five GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English and mathematics. Before applying for a Primary and Early Years programme you will need five GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English, mathematics and a science subject. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

Non-Academic Requirements

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. These will usually include:

  • Fitness to Teach check to ensure you are medically fit to take a teacher training course
  • Declaration of criminal convictions, including the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check
  • Professional Skills test – You are required to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests as part of the application process. Further information and instructions on booking the tests can be found here
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) - you will be given the necessary teaching and support to meet what is required of a newly qualified teacher (NQT), however, we expect a degree of ICT competence before you start the programme.
  • Classroom experience - at least two weeks recent experience of working in a UK state school before you start your teacher training. If you do not have any classroom experience, try to observe lessons and help out in the classroom at a local school before you apply. In your personal statement you can then describe what you have gained from this experience and how it has increased your motivation to become a teacher.
  • Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) - the Government is introducing this new scheme to enable the identification of individuals who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults. The latest information can be found here.
  • Non-Cognitive Assessment (NCA) tests may be included in the recruitment and selection process. You will be notified of any requirements prior to interview.  

Equivalence Tests

If you do not have the required GCSE qualifications we will accept equivalency tests for all PGCE programmes.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

Entry to some PGCE programmes is conditional upon completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. These courses run in the year prior to the PGCE programme and vary in length depending on the subject. They are designed to develop subject knowledge where your undergraduate degree is not fully relevant to the subject chosen. If you wish to be considered for one of these courses you should receive a referral from your PGCE awarding institution and submit an application to the Enhancement Course Administrator at Bath Spa University.

Telephone: +44 1225 876553.

International Applicants

When you complete the GTTR application, please ensure that you state your actual qualification titles (not the UK qualifications you believe them to be equivalent to).We may ask you to submit transcripts and/or certificates or ask that you contact the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) if we are unable to fully identify your qualification based on the information you provide.

Where English is not your first language you may offer IELTS 7.0 as an equivalent to GCSE English language.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

You will be given the necessary teaching and support to meet what is required of a newly qualified teacher (NQT). However, we expect a degree of ICT competence before you start the programme.

Personal Qualities and Experience

In order to deal with the unique challenges of a career in teaching it is essential that you demonstrate a commitment to working with your chosen age group. You should have at least two weeks recent experience of working in a UK state school.


If your application is selected you will be interviewed before you can be offered a place. It is your opportunity to share with us your personal qualities and experiences that will allow us to assess your suitability to teach and identify your personal training needs.

Primary and Early Years interviews are held between November and February/March and are conducted in groups. Secondary interviews are held regularly throughout the year and are made up of subject group and one-to-one interview sessions. You will be expected to carry out tasks in preparation for and during your interview. The interview will involve university tutors and school teachers.

Equal Opportunities

We actively welcome applications from mature students, valuing their experience of life and of the workplace, as well as applicants straight from their first or higher degree. We particularly welcome applications from groups underrepresented in teaching, notably black and minority ethnic and disabled applicants. Male teachers are also in short supply, particularly in Primary schools and Early Years settings.

How to Apply

You can apply through UCAS Teacher Training from November 2013 for courses that start in 2014. UCAS charge a small application fee and you can then complete the application online. Once UCAS has processed your application, you will be able to check its progress and reply to offers online using the UCAS Track service. Contact UCAS on:

Telephone: +44 8714 680469.

There are a limited number of places for each programme, so you should apply as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of obtaining a place.  We will close courses once we have filled all available places.
Please read through the UCAS Teacher Training pages carefully for guidance on how to apply.

If you have questions and concerns about how you should apply to us, and what happens after we receive your application, your queries, and hopefully a lot more, will be answered on our Your Application pages.

Professional Skills Tests

If you are successful in passing the initial scrutiny of your application, we will ask that you have registered to take your QTS Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy, and ideally can provide the date on which you will sit the test. This can be before or after your interview date for the course but any offer will be dependent on you passing the test within an agreed time limit. More information can be found here.