Frequently asked questions

I have not heard anything. What should I do? 

The application process can take a few weeks as UCAS will need to contact your referees before they can send the application to the University. If you have not heard anything for a few weeks you can track your application via UCAS Track. You may then want to contact the University's admissions team for an update on your application. 

Why was my application unsuccessful? 

The PGCE programme is a professional course, leading to a valuable qualification, which gives you up to 60 credits at master’s level. As a trained teacher you will be a role model for others. It is essential, therefore, that tutors are confident that applicants are ready and able to undertake this very rigorous programme.

Common reasons that applicants are unsuccessful are:

  • insufficient qualifications – either subject or grades
  • insufficient personal statement – not relevant or not demonstrating a suitable understanding of teaching
  • inadequate reference – may not reflect on the ability to teach or suitable experience or study
  • failure to demonstrate subject knowledge at the interview
  • lack of adequate reflection of personal experience at the interview
  • lack of sufficient planning at the interview
  • insufficient accuracy of written or spoken English

Where possible we will try to offer feedback through UCAS.

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