The application cycle for places commencing September 2021 are open.


In order to undertake teacher training, you will need to complete an application via the UCAS website.  Please note that all courses are registered under The Leigh Academy (24Q).


It’s important to get this part of the process right, otherwise it may delay your application reaching us.  We can help you with everything from picking the right course code to supporting you to write your personal statement.

In the meantime, get in contact and our team can answer any questions you may have.  We can support you with your application to ensure you have everything you need.

Before you start

There are a few academic qualifications and steps that you need to take before you can apply for ITT. These are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a higher education provider in the UK. If you have obtained a degree from outside of the UK, you must contact your training provider to ensure that your qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree.
  • GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (grade B if you studied in Wales and grade C or above in Science if you are interested in primary teaching).
  • A pass in the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests.
  • At least ten days’ experience in a school – this can be voluntary or in a paid support role e.g. a teaching assistant.
  • Ensure that you notify your referees prior to submitting your application so that they are able to complete your reference as quickly as possible. This will minimise the risk of the training programme being closed while you’re waiting for them.

Register with UCAS

Register with UCAS and complete your personal details to begin.  You can then complete the relevant sections.

School and Work Experience

In this section you must give details of your school experience and work history. We are particularly interested in work in schools, but paid work is relevant too.

What to include:

  • Your school experience and work history, including your present occupation.
  • Periods spent abroad, placements and observations.
  • For time in a school or college include details of the age groups and subjects you were directly involved with.
  • For work not completed in a school or college: include information that illustrates your transferable skills, particularly those that would be valuable in the classroom.
  • For the ‘hours per week’ question, give the average weekly time you spent in each school, establishment or employer.

Salaried School Direct training programmes require your complete work history. If this will not fit in the space provided you can send the training providers your CV, or a summary of your whole work history. You must do this after you have submitted your application to UCAS and have received your welcome email, as you will need to include your Personal ID as well as your full name.

You need to have three years’ experience of work for the School Direct (salaried) route, so if you’re applying for this option, make sure this shows clearly on your application.

If you want to go into additional detail about your classroom experience or work history you can include this in your personal statement.

Your Personal Statement

Your personal statement is your opportunity to let us know about your qualities, skills and expertise, and why you want to be a teacher.

  • You can use up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces) – whichever comes first. Some word processing packages calculate character and line counts differently from the UCAS Teacher Training system, so you might need to redraft your statement if there’s a discrepancy between the counts.
  • Write in English and avoid italics, bold or underlining.
  • Get the grammar and punctuation right and redraft your statement until you’re happy with it; it’s a good idea to write your personal statement in a word processor first, then copy and paste it into your application.

What to include:

  • Your reason(s) for wanting to teach.
  • Evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching.
  • Details of your previous education and how you have benefitted from it.
  • Any other work with young people, such as helping with a youth club, working at a summer camp or running a sports team.
  • The range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching, for example, practical experience, managing people, working with or leading a team, and communication skills.
  • Whether you’ve taken part in the Schools’ Experience Programme organised by the National College of School Leadership (formerly the Teaching Agency).
  • Expand on your experience of teaching, such as visits to schools, classroom observations or working as a teaching assistant.
  • If you’re still at university or got your degree within the past five years, one reference must be from someone at your university who can comment on your academic ability and potential.
  • The other reference can be from someone who knows you from work, or who can comment on your character and your potential as a teacher.
  • If you’re applying for a School Direct (salaried) route, one of your references must be from an employer. If it’s from a school you have been or are currently employed by, it must be supplied by the Principal.
  • If you left university more than five years ago, you can choose two referees who know you from work, or who can comment on how suitable you are for teaching. You can still use an academic referee if you think that’s the right thing for you.
  • If you’re providing a reference from a school where you have been employed or have done classroom observation, it should come from the Principal.
  • You mustn’t use family members, friends, partners or ex-partners as referees.
  • Do not use an email address that will result in an automated response (e.g. a generic HR address).
Cost of applying
There is a fee payable of £24 which can be paid by debit or credit card.