If students wish to study a postgraduate course in teaching in the United Kingdom then they need to apply via the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR).
This is an online application process similar to the CAO and PAC. The GTTR process applications for both full time and part time teacher training courses at primary, secondary and further education level at;
- Most universities, colleges and higher education institutions in England
- Most universities, colleges and higher education institutions in Wales and
- All higher education institutions in Scotland.
If you are applying for primary school teaching postgraduate courses then the closing date for such applications is 9 December. If your application is received after this date and before 30 June it will only be sent to training providers that still have vacancies and seeing as training providers tend to fill places early in the application process it is advised that you apply as soon as possible.
Applications for secondary and further education teacher training is open from October until 30 June, however the earlier you submit your application the better.
Students are advised to check the entry requirements for each course before they apply as you are only permitted to apply for four courses in total and only two of these can be for primary school teaching. There are both academic and non academic entry requirements for each course. Be aware that there are slight differences in the requirements for courses and in some instances you are required to have gained at least two weeks classroom experience before you start your teacher training.
Also students should be aware of the fact that they may be eligible for bursaries that can assist trainees with fees and living expenses. For further information on funding contact the training provider that you are applying to or the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) at www.bis.gov.uk.
Finally, your personal statement is a very important part of the process so ensure that you draw on as much experience as possible.