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Apply via UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the service you will use to apply for courses. You should take some time to farmiliarise yourself with the different phases of applying to make sure you're fully informed before preparing your application. 

When you’re ready to apply to us, you do so via UCAS Teacher Training (opens on 13th October 2020). Here we’ve broken down the two phases of the application process and provided high-level information on the six sections of the application form.

Please be aware when applying that all subject bursaries are currently under review by the DfE and there is no guarantee these will remain in place for the next academic year.  Bursaries are reviewed annually by the DfE and change from year to year in light of Teacher Workforce needs.

Application Process: Apply 1 and 2 

When you first apply to us, you’ll be in the Apply 1 phase (opens from 13th October 2020). Once you’ve submitted your choices, you can only change them once within seven days of submitting your application.

St James' will have up to 40 working days to let you know their decision. UCAS will be closed over the Christmas period (exact dates to be supplied in due course) - these dates do not count as working days.

We try to let applicants know on the day of their interview if they have been successful. If we offer you a place following your interview, you’ll have 10 working days after your final offer to let us know if you accept the offer. You'll need to do this via the UCAS website, but its always worth contacting us to inform us of your decision. . 

If you’re not offered an interview, or are  unsuccessful after interview, then don’t worry. You can then move on to the Apply 2 phase. This allows you to make an unlimited number of applications, once at a time. If you’re unsuccessful or choose not to accept an offer, you can keep applying until you accept an offer, or when the application cycle for the academic year closes. 

Application sections

 1. Personal details

Some of these fields will already be populated from when you registered with UCAS Teacher Training. There’ll be some extra fields to confirm, such as your address, email, nationality and disability.  

2. Choices

You'll need the following to make choices on your UCAS application:

  • Training provider code  - 18J
  • Training programme code - Our Courses 
  • Training location campus code  - 2

You'll need to include the above codes in the choices section of the application form. The last fields in this section require you to declare any criminal convictions and provide any dates when you may not be available for interviews. 

3. Education

You’ll have the opportunity to add the schools, colleges and universities you attended and any qualifications gained – they’ll be split into four parts;

  • Schools/colleges/universities attended
  • Confirmation of your GCSE qualifications
  • A level results
  • Degree type and qualifications and credits from your degree

When completing your application for St James', you’ll need to have your certificates – or details of your certificates - with you, as you'll need to know pass dates and examining boards where appropriate. If you’re unable to identify your examining board, you could select ‘other’ until you have the relevant paperwork. If all or part of your qualifications were gained abroad, you might need a NARIC check to determine equivalency to the UK standard. If you’re yet to retake a GCSE, there’s a ‘pending’ option, or a check box if your provider accepts equivalency tests. 

4. School and work experience

Here, you’ll need to provide details of your school experience and work history, including dates, any periods spent abroad and your current occupation. This can include work placements and observations, as well as paid and unpaid work. The word count is limited to 500 characters per experience, so it might be helpful to opt for bullet points focusing on your main skills, tasks and responsibilities. 

5. Personal statement

This is your chance to ensure your application stands out. The word count is tight; you’ll have 4,000 characters over 46 lines, so ensure you show off your knowledge and skills in relation to teaching. We are looking for applicants who are passionate about their subject and teaching so make sure this comes across in your statement. Read these tips on preparing a successful personal statement 

6. References

You’ll need to provide two references - contacting your referees and submitting the completed references will need to be done via UCAS. This can only be done once all the sections above are completed. A handy tip is to let them know in advance they've been chosen, as you can't submit your application for consideration until you receive both references. Find out more on the process and requirements of referees