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Over 28,000 students accepted onto courses in UCAS Teacher Training’s first year
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Over 28,000 students accepted onto courses in UCAS Teacher Training’s first year

UCAS today publishes the 2014 UCAS Teacher Training End of Cycle Report, the first full analysis of the new admissions service for postgraduate teacher training courses.

Over 28,000 people secured places on a teacher training programme and the End of Cycle report underlines the scale of the activity that took place.  

In response to the expansion to school-based teacher training, UCAS introduced a new admissions service, UCAS Teacher Training, specifically to connect aspiring teachers to the increasingly wide range of postgraduate teacher training opportunities.

The UCAS Teacher Training scheme brings together higher education based, School Direct, School Direct salaried and SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) programmes into one admissions service.

A total of 54,015 people applied to postgraduate teacher training courses through the scheme in 2014. 28,070 applicants secured a place by the end of the cycle, representing an acceptance rate of 52%.

Five women were accepted onto a course for every two men. Some 19,570 women secured a place through the scheme compared to 8,500 men. Most of this difference results from twice as many women (36,100) applying as men (17,900).

Applicants were more likely to receive an offer for a primary course, than a secondary course. 25% of primary applications were made an offer, compared to 22% of secondary course applications.

Higher education providers received the most applications (62% in the initial stage) and were also most likely to make an offer compared to the SCITT and both School Direct schemes. The applicants most likely to be placed in the first stage of the process made all of their choices to higher education programmes.

Though the scheme has no application deadlines, most people applied at the beginning of the cycle. Over one third of all applicants (18,100) applied in December 2013.

Acceptance rates for people applying between January and June are between 46 and 48%. Acceptance rates are higher for people applying earlier, in November and December, and lower for people applying towards the end of the cycle, in August and September.

Applicants were placed at 939 training providers, with 90% of providers accepting fewer than 50 people.

As 2014 was the first year of the scheme operating, no comparisons to previous years can be made.