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PGCE applications: how to apply, cost and deadlines for your application

PGCE application, costs and deadlines
PGCE application, costs and deadlines

In order to apply for a PGCE course you must go through the GTTR (graduate teacher training registry).

You can apply for up to four places on PGCE courses for one academic year via the GTTR. No more than 2 of these may be for primary teaching courses.

Unlike applying to university for an undergraduate course via UCAS all of your choices are not sent off at once.

Rather you place your choices in order of preference and your application is sent off to your first choice, if you are unsuccessful with your first choice then your application will be sent off to your second choice and so on.

You can put a maximum of four choices but you don’t have to put four.

Filling in the form

Most sections of the GTTR application form are basic things such as personal information, qualifications etc. However, you will need to fill out a personal statement about why you are applying and you will also need to provide referees.

Once you have completed your form and submitted it your principal referee will be contacted and asked to submit a reference for you. Your application will not be sent to your choices until this reference has been completed. Your secondary referee will not be asked to provide a reference by the GTTR but may be asked to provide a reference by the training provider you apply to.

Deadlines

If you are applying for a primary course you must submit your application by December for the following academic year in order to guarantee your application is sent to your first choice.

There are no deadlines as such for secondary PGCEs although you should always aim to get your application in as early as possible as courses to fill up.

Important dates

Dates to put in your diary regarding your PGCE application.

Early September

Start of the application cycle for 2009 course entry. You apply to make your online application through GTTR.

Early October

GTTR start to send applications to training providers for consideration.

1 December

If you are applying for primary teaching courses, GTTR must receive your application by this date to guarantee that your first choice training provider will consider you.

19 January

Final date for training providers to make decisions on all applications they received by 1 December 2008 .

16 March

Extra starts. If you do not hold a place and GTTR cannot send your application to another training provider for consideration, you can use the Extra process to apply to one further training provider at a time on track

30 June

GTTR must receive your application by this date to send it to training providers for consideration. Applications received at the GTTR after this date are entered directly into the clearing system. In Clearing you can contact training providers with vacancies to find out if they can consider you.

Early July

Clearing starts. All new applications we receive from this date are entered directly into our Clearing system.

2 September

Final date for the receipt of applications at the GTTR.

Cost of applying

The cost of applying through the GTTR is a one off fee of £15 including VAT and this is the same if you make 4 choices or 1.

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