How to apply

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.

How do you apply?

Applications are made online through the UCAS Teacher Training Site from 8 October 2019. 

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

There is a wealth of information and guidance available on the UCAS website. Please note:

  • You need to provide the details of two referees
  • If you have been in higher education within the last 5 years, one of your references must be an academic reference
  • The courses with University of York, the Pathfinder Teaching Alliance, the Diocese of Middlesbrough Teaching Schools Alliance, the Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance and Teach North are 'non-modular'
  • The provider code for University of York is Y50, the Pathfinder Teaching Alliance code is 1VU, the Diocese of Middlesbrough Teaching Schools Alliance code is 2KH, the Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance code is 15X and Teach North code is V2G.
  • There are different language codes for each of the Modern Languages combinations; the codes are listed on UCAS, or please email us for more details

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 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.

English Language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

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 interview. Normal procedures involve tasks, group activities and a written test as well as a personal interview.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed a minimum of two days observing in a school prior to interview.

Medical Examination

Admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination: 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.

Further information

If you have any further questions, please contact the relevant course leader at the email address on each subject page.

Contact us

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