Applying for courses

Applying for courses

How and when should I apply?

Most courses do not have set closing dates (although see teaching below), but on certain popular courses, there can be intense competition, so apply as early as you can. To find out how to apply, check with each individual institution, as application processes do vary. There is no central admissions process which covers all postgraduate courses, although a number of institutions use the central apply online service, UKPASS. Others will require an application form, either paper or online, sent directly to the institution.

Applications for teaching

Applications for Primary, Secondary, some Further Education PGCE courses and the Schools Direct pathway are made through UCAS. Further details can be found here.  Further information about different routes into teaching and making applications is available from Target Postgrad Teaching and

For further advice and information, please see:

  • Directgov provides information and guidance about applications for postgraduate courses.
  • Prospects offers information about further studying, making applications, and completing personal statements.
  • Additional information on writing a teaching application personal statement is available in the Careers & Employability area in firstpoint.


For more useful resources on postgraduate study, including our Further Study Quick Guide, click here.


If you want to talk through the applications process and writing a personal statement for a teaching application, book to see one of our careers advisors via Timecenter.


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