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Teach Citizenship: empower young people with skills & knowledge essential for twenty-first century life.

How do I apply?

Applications are run centrally through the online system of UCAS Teacher Training.  You basically need to move through three stages – FIND the route(s) and programme(s) that are right for you, APPLY to these, and TRACK the progress of your application(s).


Find the right course

You are able to choose up to three courses/programmes, and these can be from a combination of routes, providers and even subjects if you wish (although when you come to apply, you will only be able to write a single personal statement covering all of your choices).  We suggest doing the following to make sure you research all the options available to you:

  • Read the ‘Which pathway into teaching Citizenship is right for me?’ and ‘Where can I train?’ pages on this site – they’ll give you the lowdown on the different options you have once you’ve decided to apply for a Citizenship teacher training place.
  • Search for courses via this page on UCAS Teacher Training.
  • And then enter your criteria for courses in the search tool that should look like this (when you first search it’s worth leaving the search terms to show all programmes and types so you get an overview of all of those available):

  • This should bring up a range of available courses which you are free to explore, either within the UCAS Teacher Training site, or via each provider’s web pages.  Click here to visit the Teach Citizenship web page with links to all of the providers associated with this website.
  • When you have narrowed down the courses and providers you’re thinking of applying to, we’d definitely recommend getting in touch with the respective course leaders to find out more about their courses as well as asking them about your suitability for applying or for advice to help make your application as strong as possible.  Remember that you could end up holding offers from more than one of your choices, so having as much information as possible about comparative courses will help you make your final decision.



This stage does what it says on the tin: it’s where you apply for the Citizenship training courses of your choice.  The guidance from UCAS Teacher Training is pretty clear on this stage (even explained through a number of useful videos), so rather than explain things step by step, here are a few key points to help:

  • You can apply to three courses/providers simultaneously.  This means you may receive offers of a place for more than one course, and you are then in a position to choose which is right for you.
  • You need to register with UCAS Teacher Training to apply.  Everything is done online and you can save and return to your application later.
  • During the application process you need to specify two referees who are happy to provide you with an online reference.  To speed things up ensure they write their references online promptly as without them the application cannot be processed and sent to us or your other chosen course providers. Make sure you use professional reference address as personal ones will need updated and slow down your application.
  • There is usually a cost around £25 to apply.
  • Remember that if invited, you can attend recruitment events//interviews for each of your choices and you don’t have to make a decision / decide on an offer to accept until you have heard from all your choices.
  • Your application will be reviewed by each of your chosen providers who will assess it against a range of criteria.  For Citizenship these can often include factors such 1) a relevant academic background which includes one or more relevant degree(s) and related A-levels or equivalent; 2) relevant experience in education, working with young people or a field closely related to the themes of Citizenship; 3) strong references (one academic and one vocational reference is often preferred); and 4) strong enthusiasm for teaching and Citizenship itself, expressed through your personal statement. We recommend you write very specifically about why you want to teach Citizenship education.
  • If you successfully pass the application phase, you will be invited to an interview or recruitment event.  These vary in format depending on the provider (for example, some may be group based, while others are individual), but are all designed to establish your suitability and potential for training to teach Citizenship.  An interview will usually feature one or more of the following components: a one-to-one or panel interview; individual planning or written tasks, group-based activities, and/or a presentation or ‘micro-teach’ element.  Some providers may incorporate the teaching of other applicants, adults or even students into the day.  Interview durations vary and for some providers you may be given tasks to complete prior to attending. Some are done online.



Once you submit and pay for your application, you can track its progress online by logging in to your account.  Again, UCAS Teacher Training provides detailed guidance on this stage.  You are able to complete a number of tasks through the UCAS portal, including confirming your attendance at interviews, viewing your post-interview decisions, and accepting or rejecting offers.

Providers have a maximum of 40 working days from the date you submit your application to fully process your decision (i.e. reject your application or make an offer of a place) – and this includes interviewing you.  It’s worth noting down when your so-called ‘Reject by default’ date is (called this as applications which aren’t processed in time are automatically rejected) – this will help you plan your time and balance alternate interviews (if they are forthcoming) so you can make a considered final decision should you get more than one offer.

About us

Teach Citizenship is led by PGCE Citizenship at UCL Institute of Education in collaboration with colleagues at Kingston University, Sheffield Hallam University, Bishops Grosseteste University, the Harris Federation, Bradford College, Gorse SCITT, Norfolk Teacher Training Center and Kent and Medway Training and the Association for Citizenship Teaching.

It is designed as a straightforward online guide for graduates & career changers interested in training to teach Citizenship education.

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