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~Applications open 18th October~

The Faculty of Education will accept applications for September 2017 entry from 18th October 2016 until 30th June 2017 or until the course is full, whichever is earlier.  The number of places available in each subject is limited and competition is high so we recommend that applications are made before Christmas, particularly for Primary, Secondary Art, English, History and Latin with Classics as these tend to have a very large number of applications early in the cycle.

Enquiries about PGCE courses should be addressed to the PGCE Office.

Data Protection: The University of Cambridge will process your personal data (as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purpose of administering your course; full details are included in the data protection statement for students published at

For Cambridge, the application process is in three parts, though you only need to complete the first two at the initial point of application:

UCAS application

1) UCAS Teacher Training application

Applications for all PGCE courses are made online through UCAS.  You will need to provide two references.  If you have been in higher education within the last five years, one referee must be an academic one, whilst the other should be school-based if possible.  Further advice and information about the process is available on the UCAS website.

Candidates are selected for interview based on the information provided on their application form only.


2) Professional Skills Tests

All applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) must pass the Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy before they start a course. This is part of the application process and further details are available on the Department for Education website. If you are invited to attend an interview at Cambridge, you will be expected to have booked your Skills Tests, even if you haven't yet taken them. You will be required to bring proof of this to the interview.

Resources and practice materials for Numeracy and Literacy can be found on the DfE website as well as a full list of test centres


3) Cambridge College Membership

Cambridge is a collegiate university, which means College membership is a requirement for all PGCE trainees.  Arrangements for college membership are made by the Faculty of Education only after an applicant has been formally offered and accepted a place on the PGCE course.  Candidates may choose two colleges to whom their application for membership will be sent in order of preference.

There are more than thirty Colleges in the University, and each one has its own enclosed grounds, with some student accommodation, and catering, sporting, cultural and social facilities.

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