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APPLY Teacher Training is the service you will use to apply for courses. You should take some time to farmiliarise yourself with the different phases of applying to make sure you're fully informed before preparing your application. 

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Application Process: Apply 1 and 2 

When you first apply to us, you’ll be in the Apply 1 phase. Once you’ve submitted your choices, you can only change them once within seven days of submitting your application.

St James' will have up to 56 working days to let you know their decision. APPLY will be closed over the Christmas period (exact dates to be supplied in due course) - these dates do not count as working days.

We try to let applicants know on the day of their interview if they have been successful. If we offer you a place following your interview, you’ll have 10 working days after your final offer to let us know if you accept the offer. You'll need to do this via the APPLY website, but its always worth contacting us to inform us of your decision. . 

If you’re not offered an interview, or are  unsuccessful after interview, then don’t worry. You can then move on to the Apply 2 phase. This allows you to make an unlimited number of applications, once at a time. If you’re unsuccessful or choose not to accept an offer, you can keep applying until you accept an offer, or when the application cycle for the academic year closes. 

Application sections

 Personal details

Some of these fields will already be populated from when you registered with APPLY Teacher Training. There’ll be some extra fields to confirm, such as your address, email, nationality and disability.  


You'll need the following to make choices on your APPLY application:

  • Training provider code  - 18J
  • Training programme code - Our Courses 

You'll need to include the above codes in the choices section of the application form. The last fields in this section require you to declare any criminal convictions and provide any dates when you may not be available for interviews. 

School and work experience

Here, you’ll need to provide details of your school experience and work history, including dates, any periods spent abroad and your current occupation. This can include work placements and observations, as well as paid and unpaid work. The word count is limited to 500 characters per experience, so it might be helpful to opt for bullet points focusing on your main skills, tasks and responsibilities. 


You’ll have the opportunity to add the schools, colleges and universities you attended and any qualifications gained including

  • Confirmation of your GCSE qualifications
  • A level results
  • Degree type and qualifications and credits from your degree

When completing your application for St James', you’ll need to have your certificates – or details of your certificates - with you, as you'll need to know pass dates and examining boards where appropriate. If you’re unable to identify your examining board, you could select ‘other’ until you have the relevant paperwork. If all or part of your qualifications were gained abroad, you might need a NARIC check to determine equivalency to the UK standard. If you’re yet to retake a GCSE, there’s a ‘pending’ option, or a check box if your provider accepts equivalency tests. 

S5. Personal statement

This is your chance to ensure your application stands out. The personal statement is split into parts:

  • Why do you want to become a teacher
  • What do you know about the subject you want to teach?

There is a word count so ensure you show off your knowledge and skills in relation to teaching. We are looking for applicants who are passionate about their subject and teaching so make sure this comes across in your statement. 

6. References

You’ll need to provide two references - contacting your referees and submitting the completed references will need to be done via APPLY. This can only be done once all the sections above are completed. A handy tip is to let them know in advance they've been chosen, as you can't submit your application for consideration until you receive both references. 

Go to Get Into Teaching for more information and advice on applying for Teacher Training

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