How to apply

Information on how to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

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How to apply

The way to apply for postgraduate teacher training in England has changed. You can now use Apply for teacher training, a new GOV.UK service. 

Apply for teacher training is easy to use and gives clear guidance to help potential teachers make strong applications, see their Tips on applying for teacher training.

To learn more about the new service and to get help with your application, visit Get into Teaching

Submit your application now

If you already hold a teaching qualification from an EEA country, Australia, Canada, Gibraltar, New Zealand, Switzerland or the USA you may be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from England's Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).  Please read this guidance.

Please note that if you are successful in your application to the DfE and receive QTS you will not be eligible to receive the teacher training bursary if you embark on a PGDE course.

Writing your application

Your application should make clear how the content of your degree or other education is directly relevant to the course for which you are applying and how your other experiences, activities and personal qualities are relevant to training for teaching.

It is desirable for you to have spent time in a secondary school in the United Kingdom either working, volunteering or as a visitor and to have spent some time within the department of your subject area in particular.

The Get into Teaching website contains some useful advice and tips on completing your application.


If you are invited for an interview, you will normally be seen by a university tutor responsible for the course you wish to study and also by a teacher from a Partnership school.

Interviews may involve a visit to a local school. You will be asked to bring with you your passport or UK Driving licence as evidence of your identity. 

Successful candidates will be expected to complete a Work Health Assessment, Safeguarding training and obtain an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

More specific information on our selection criteria and interview process is available on the Department for Education's find a postgraduate teacher training service.

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