Accessibility statement

How do you apply?

Applications to study in 2024/5 are made online. We are open to new applications from 10 October 2023.

You can submit an application using DfE Apply for Teacher Training 

For information about teaching and the different programmes offered, please refer to the Getintoteaching Government website. 

 Please note:

  • All PGCE courses with University of York and our Lead Partner are 'non-modular'.
  • There are different language codes for each of the Modern Languages combinations; the codes are listed on the DfE Getintoteaching website, or please email us for more details.

Who are we looking for?


The basic qualification is a degree or a degree equivalent relevant to the subject(s) to be taught. In assessing the appropriateness of degree courses where the degree title does not match a teaching subject, an applicant must be able to demonstrate that the degree contains sufficient study of the teaching subject. If you have any queries about your qualifications and suitability for a PGCE course, please consult the subject-specific pages on the left and get in contact with any queries. 

Applications are welcomed from candidates who have done some teaching or have been employed in some other occupation, or who have done some voluntary service, either in this country or abroad.

Subject knowledge enhancement courses are offered in a range of subjects by agencies outside of the university and offer an opportunity to refresh or expand your subject knowledge in advance of starting a PGCE course. 

Applications are welcomed from all minority groups. The University has an Equal Opportunities Policy in place to ensure fairness in its approach to all students.

Qualifications in English and Mathematics

In line with current government requirements for initial teacher training, all entrants to the course must have qualifications in English language and Mathematics at GCE O-level or GCSE (grade C/level 4 or above), or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects. You will need to bring such evidence of GCE/GCSE equivalency in the form of original certificates to your interview. 

If the evidence you present at interview is judged later by our Admissions Team not to be equivalent to GCE O-level or GCSE grade C/Level 4 or you are unable to provide evidence that you have obtained a standard equivalent to Maths and/or English Language GCSE, a condition of any offer you are made will be that you pass a GCSE equivalency test in English and/or Mathematics. 

To arrange to sit an equivalency test, please contact the Department of Education PGCE Admissions team at   

Equivalency tests are held within the Department and are marked strictly in accordance with current GCSE mark scheme requirements. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer resits

If you need to complete an Equivalency test, you are strongly advised to contact the Department of Education Admissions team as soon as possible to arrange this. The result will inform how you proceed next in terms of whether you should start organising accommodation etc ready to start your PGCE studies in September.

If English isn't your first language, you may want to look at our postgraduate English language requirements.

Medical Examination

Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination and Fitness to Teach Assessment: relevant forms are issued to trainees accepted for the course.

Declaration of Criminal Convictions

Candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions.

They are also required to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as a CRB) regarding their suitability for work involving children. Successful applicants will be given instructions about obtaining this when they are offered a place, and a fee will be payable.

How do we select?

University staff, school teachers and education partners are involved in selection of trainees. No applicant will be admitted to the course without an interview. Normal procedures involve tasks and a written test as well as a personal interview. While applicants are strongly encouraged to have observed in a school prior to interview, we appreciate that under the current circumstances this is very difficult so please ensure you highlight any school experience or experience working with children throughout the application process.

Please note that all Lead Partner interviews will be carried out by Lead Partner colleagues. Please contact them if you would like more information about their interview process. 


Contact us

For admissions information in relation to secondary teacher training, please contact: