How to apply

Search for our training programmes with the Department of Education’s find postgraduate teacher training service. You can search by location, training provider and subject to find the programme that’s right for you. 

We have lots of information and advice to help you complete your teacher training application, including writing your personal statement and getting references. 


I would definitely recommend Dallam Teaching Alliance if you’re thinking of a career change; they make it easy for you to make that transition – DTA trainee

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Entry criteria 

Our entry requirements match those for the University of Cumbria PGCE programme. 

Entry to the PGCE programme is conditional on: 

  • Graduate or equivalent status with 2.2 or equivalent in first degree 
  • The relevance of an Honours degree content to the chosen specialist subject 
  • Passes at GCSE in English or Mathematics.  Alternatively, you would need to sit an equivalency test in order to gain attainment at an appropriate level 
  • Selection based on the information provided on the University of Cumbria School Direct teacher training application 
  • Selection based on a successful interview 
  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory  
  • A completed Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by the University  

Please note the above criteria are the national minimum entry requirements to be considered for a PGCE course. Please see individual subject pages on the University of Cumbria’s secondary teacher training website page for further information. 

Disabilities and additional needs 

Our partner, the University of Cumbria, provides comprehensive student services.  This includes:

  • Access, Ability and Wellbeing teams
  • a Student Learning Skills Service
  • Student Advice Unit
  • Counselling Service
  • Students’ Union Advisor
  • Student Health Centre
  • Family Centre
  • Chaplaincy

For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to the Student Support Services web page

PGCE trainees are assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable. 

We always seek to support teachers for whom special educational needs could be a barrier to teaching.  We will openly discuss the accessibility of our courses and indeed various partner schools in terms of training. 

Contact the Dallam Teaching Alliance by emailing to have an informal chat to see how they can help you start your teaching career.

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