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The Application Process

We would love you to choose Durham as the place to begin your journey into the teaching profession.

We offer a number of routes into teaching and it is really important that you understand the differences between them and choose the best option for you.

At Durham, a core PGCE and School Direct PGCE have the same structure, including academic support, university input, enrichment opportunities, number of days in school, QTS recommendation and PGCE qualification (90 credits). However, this is not the case with all providers. 

Applying for our teacher training programmes

If you would like to apply to any of our teacher training programmes, you need to apply via UCAS.

Potential applicants need to be aware that our programmes will close when we reach our quota. This means you need to apply as early as possible in the UCAS cycle to prevent you missing out.

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed against our entry criteria and if you are eligible, you will be invited to interview.

Your interview performance, as well as your application form and your referee statements provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate to us that you not only possess the potential to become an excellent trainee teacher, but also that you will benefit from the Durham University Teacher Education Programmes in particular.

Overseas candidates

The Department of Education have introduced an overseas qualification service, available through the Get into Teaching Line.

The service includes:

  • An initial verbal check to advise candidates on what their qualifications are equivalent to (guidance only).
  • A written NARIC statement of comparability, paid for on behalf of the candidate (if required) and only available once a candidate has applied to ITT.
  • The verbal check is a candidate-based advice service; the aim is to provide guidance on a candidate‚Äôs eligibility prior to applying. 
  • Final decisions on candidate eligibility still lie with providers prior to commencement of ITT

Candidates should call the Get into Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.