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Teaching courses

Undergraduate courses

Undergraduate Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) courses follow the same process as all other undergraduate courses. Please follow the advice on our undergraduate applications page.


There are two kinds of PGCE you can study with us:

  • School Direct - where you are based at a school
  • Standard PGCE - where you are based at university and go to school on placement

Vacancy status

Vacancy status on all our courses can be found on the UCAS Teacher Training website under the Course Search facility. Some of our courses are offered at more than one campus, ensure you check on our course search to see which campuses have vacancies for the course you are enquiring about.

How do I apply?

Apply online through UCAS Teacher Training.

For university based PGCEs, search under 'University of Cumbria'. For School Direct PGCEs, search under the lead school or alliance as listed on our School Direct information pages.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are course specific and can be seen on the course information pages. Please note that we use selection criteria to select applicants for interview and offers and you should make sure your application addresses these criteria.

When is the closing date?

The application cycle will open on 27 October 2015 and will be available for a minimum of two weeks. To guarantee consideration you must submit your application within the first two weeks. 

Applications will no longer be considered when courses become full, but may re-open if vacancies arise. You are advised to regularly check UCAS Teacher Training.

What information should I include on the application?

Email address – almost all our correspondence will be via email. Please use a personal email address rather than a work/university address. It will also help if you ensure our email is saved as a safe recipient in your email profile.

Reference – if you are in your final year or have completed your degree within the last five years you must provide an academic reference as the principal reference on your application. If your degree was studied over five years ago provide a professional reference from your current/previous employer. You can also indicate as your second referee the school in which you completed your school experience.

Qualifications – you should provide details of all your qualifications, including GCSEs and A Levels and include a module breakdown of your degree.  This helps us to assess your breadth of subject knowledge.

Personal statement – your personal statement should be clear and concise and with a good standard of English language. Use paragraphs and check your spelling/grammar. You should explain why you want to teach in your chosen age group and demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment to your subject and also your understanding of the role of the teacher. 

Your personal statement is important. We are looking for evidence of your commitment to teaching, your potential to meet the academic demands of the course and your professional suitability to the role of a school teacher.  You should detail the experience you have done and tell us how you think you demonstrate this potential through example and critical reflection on your completed school experience.

You are strongly advised to gain school experience prior to making an application. If you do not have any experience at the point of application, be sure to state how you intend to gain this, and include details of any experience you have working with children/young people.

What is the application process and what are the interview arrangements?

Applications will be sent to the university daily from October onwards. For university based applicants, your application will be sent to the tutor for an initial decision, you can monitor the outcome of your application online via UCAS Teacher Training. If you are selected for interview your application will be scheduled for interview in line with other applicants, interviews are scheduled according to the date of application. We will get in touch with details of the day and any tasks to prepare for. You can see sample information on our interview pages.

For School Direct applicants, your application will be reviewed for entry criteria and sent on to your chosen school. If you are selected for interview the school will contact you directly with details of the day and any tasks to prepare for.

Supplying additional information

Applicants are generally considered once for your choice of course during the UCAS Teacher Training cycle. There are times when you can apply to us again, but that will require additional information for consideration.  For example, if you are unsuccessful in your original choice and make a subsequent choice for an alternative course you will need to supply a revised personal statement.  You can do so by completing our additional information form and emailing this to us. 

This form is for use in the following circumstances:

  • where your application was originally for a Primary PGCE and you are now applying for a Secondary PGCE or a different Primary course (not the same course at a different campus) or
  • where you have applied for a Primary PGCE but were unsuccessful because you had not completed your school experience but have now completed this and want to reapply for the same course.

Applicants making a repeat application to a Primary course will only be considered in the following circumstances:

  • there are vacancies and you were previously unsuccessful only because of lack of essential experience (and for no other reason)
  • because the course had closed when you originally applied and has now reopened. 

Your repeat application will be treated as a fresh application.

Contact us

Course enquiry centre

Telephone: 0845 606 1144

Email: enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk