Applications for all PGCE courses should be made through UCAS Teacher Training. Entry requirements can be found on each course 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 on all our courses can be found on the UCAS Teacher Training website under the Course Search facility. 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.

The application cycle will open in October each year 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.

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What information should I include on my 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 address 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, 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, demonstrating your enthusiasm and commitment to your subject and also your understanding of the role of a school 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 gained and tell us how you think you demonstrate this potential through examples 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 of 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 you need to prepare.

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

You will generally be 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:

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

Your repeat application will be treated as a fresh application.

5 simple steps to apply for your PGCE

Step 1: Search for a PGCE course and vacancies on DfE Find postgraduate teacher training, here.

You can search specifically for University of Cumbria by checking the ‘by school, university or other training provider’ box and then entering University of Cumbria into the search bar (as seen below).

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Step 2: All PGCE courses at University of Cumbria with vacancies will then appear. Click on the course you want for further details and entry requirements, plus a link to our webpage.

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the page to click on the ‘Apply for this course’ link. This takes you to an ‘Apply for this course with UCAS page’. Scroll to the bottom and click on ‘Apply through UCAS’. This takes you directly to UCAS’ page where you can register and fill in the application form.

Step 4: You now need to fill in all sections of the form, including email addresses for 2 referees. Once you have completed the form, UCAS sends the form to your referees and it’s then a waiting game for the form to come back to UCAS from both referees. We recommend you give your referees a nudge. Once UCAS receives both references, it will ask you to pay your £1 application fee. Once received, UCAS will send the form to us.

Step 5: We will process your application and get in touch about next steps.


Find further advice on the UCAS website:

UCAS Teacher Training Video


Find your PGCE course – Applications close on Friday 20th August.

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