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Applications for September 2021 entry

The Faculty of Education will accept applications for September 2021 entry from 13th October 2020 until 30th June 2021 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 early in the cycle.

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

Data Protection: The University and the Colleges will use the details you provide on your UCAS application and information on your Numeracy and Literacy, together with additional details provided by any referee and recorded following any interview process. We will also conduct screening checks for safeguarding purposes. Full details are included in the data protection statement for students published at

Complaints and Appeals:  Please note, there is no appeal against academic judgements made by the University. However, if you believe that there has been an administrative error, or if you believe you have been treated unfairly because of bias or prejudice, or if there are circumstances unknown to the University that might have affected the decision, you should write in the first instance to the Head of the PGCE and Undergraduate Office:

UCAS application

UCAS Teacher Training application

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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.  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.


Literacy and Numeracy

It is no longer necessary for applicants to take the Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy that have been required in previous years, as they have been withdrawn by the Department for Education (DfE).

Instead, initial teacher education providers now have responsibility for assuring that trainees are competent in 'Fundamental English and mathematics', as defined by the DfE, by the end of the PGCE course. Assurance of such competence is a requirement before we can recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

A variety of evidence will be used in such an assurance process, including evidence collected at interview and represented by prior qualifications. Likewise, trainees will have opportunity to develop and demonstrate such competence through assessed academic and professional work during the course. It is important to note that only those applicants with English and Mathematics at GCSE grade C or grade 4 can be accepted onto the PGCE course, indicating a baseline competence and continued potential for development.

If you are not assessed as competent in 'Fundamental English and mathematics' by the end of the course, you will still be awarded the PGCE, provided that you successfully meet the requirements of the course, but we will not be able to recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


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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Equality and Diversity

Applicants with Disabilities

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