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Applying for PGCE study

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Applications for September 2024 entry

The Faculty of Education will accept applications for September 2024 entry from 10 October 2023.

We have a limited number of places on each course, so we recommend that applications are made as early as possible in the cycle to prevent you missing out. Once this subject limit has been reached, we will no longer be able to consider further applications. For further information please see our current course vacancies.

Application process

  1. Search for our courses on the .gov website:  University of Cambridge (C05)
  2. Apply for teacher training on the .gov website
  3. Once accepted on to your course apply for college membership.

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

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Search our PGCE courses

Search for our courses: University of Cambridge (C05)

Apply for your PGCE course

Applications for all PGCE courses are made online through the DfE apply service: Apply for teacher training 


  • 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.
  • If you have worked in a school or college setting, one of your references must be from the headteacher of that school or college.

Selection for interview

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

Two students in gowns hug at graduation outside a college building 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 PGCE office 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.  If neither are able to offer membership, a college will be assigned by the PGCE office.

Further information on college membership.

Data Protection

The University and the Colleges will use the details you provide on your DfE 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.

Complaints and Appeals

Please note, there is no appeal against academic judgements made by the University. However, if you believe that there has been a procedural error, there was bias or perception of bias in the decision-making process, or if there were circumstances unknown to the University, which, for good reason you did not inform the University of in your application, and which would have had a material impact on the admission decision, you should write in the first instance to the Head of the PGCE and Undergraduate Office. Guidance for applicants is here.

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