How to Apply

All applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training or the Department for Education’s ‘Apply for Teacher Training’. 

Applications open in October each year. Applications are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis.


Stage 1: Getting Ready to Apply

Check you meet the minimum requirements:

  • GCSE Maths and English: Grade 4 or above. Ensure you have your certificate(s).1
  • Degree: Honours 2:2 or above: Ensure you have your certificate and transcript. For undergraduates your referees need to stipulate the class of degree you are working at/will gain. 
  • SWTT may consider candidates with a degree in a subject that is not directly relevant to the subject they are applying to train to teach in. However in those instances, candidates should have good A Levels or other relevant qualification
  • Although it’s not a specific requirement, at least 10 days school experience could prove valuable to you and your application. During the current period of Covid19 restrictions, we are aware that many applicants will be unable to get school experience. No applicant will be rejected on that basis.
  1. If you do not hold a Grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths or English then you will need to enrol on a course to gain these qualifications, or take an equivalency test at
  2.  Where qualifications have been achieved abroad please contact UK NARIC and obtain a comparison statement to prove that your qualification is the equivalent of UK qualifications at


Stage 2: Apply Online

Complete the UCAS online application form and arrange for your referees to complete their reference as soon as possible. UCAS will only process the application once the references are written and uploaded. SWTT applicants can also use the Department for Education ‘Apply for Teacher Training’ site. 

Use the below codes when you apply, remembering to add Location Code W if you are applying specifically for our Torbay Area Hub:


Secondary Subject SWTT (S66) Exeter Consortium (1QX)
Art & Design 3BCZ
Computing 2DY2 2FF3
Dance 3BD2
Design & Technology W9X1 2FFK
Drama 35KC
English 2Q8N 332L
Geography 2Q8P 2FFM
Mathematics 2Q8M 332X
Modern Languages: French R1X1 2BLJ
Physical Education 3398 332Q
Science: Biology CX11 2TXK
Science: Chemistry F2X1 2BL5
Science: Physics F3X2 2BLD
Religious Education 3BD4


Primary                     SWTT (S66) Exeter Consortium (1QX)
Primary (3-7yrs) 2TXN
Primary (5-11yrs) 2BKV

Stage 3: Selection Day

Under guidance from the Department for Education, SWTT continues to recruit throughout this period of Covid 19 restrictions. Applicants will still be shortlisted in the usual manner. Once shortlisted, applicants will now be invited to an interview that will involve:

  • a short presentation – how would you teach an aspect of your subject to a group of children?
  • a subject knowledge assessment – how familiar are you with the content of the current school curriculum in your subject?
  • a PGCE readiness task assessing your ability to read and write at Masters Level
  • a panel interview with the SCITT Lead and the Course Tutor for your subject.

Interviews take around 2 hours and candidates are given 5-7 days notice to allow them time to prepare.


Please download and read our Trainee Role Description and Person Specification


South West Teacher Training is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and it expects all applicants and volunteers to share this commitment and operate in accordance with the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. All successful applicants will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring Service check before beginning the course. All successful applicants will also undergo a health check to ensure they are fit to train to teach, as a condition of any offer made.

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