How to Apply

Welcome! We're so pleased that you have decided to apply for a place with Harris. We have simplified the application process as much as possible for you below, but we understand that UCAS can sometimes be complicated, so please contact us at any point if you have any questions.

All teacher training applications must be submitted through UCAS. Our UCAS training provider code is 1TZ. Please note that you will need to use the same code regardless of which academy you wish to train at, however each course has its own four digit course code. Please see the Subjects & Courses page to find out the course codes.

We recruit on a rolling basis over the year and training places fill up quickly, so the earlier you can apply the more chance you have of a placement with Harris.

Apply in 6 Easy Steps

1. Eligibility

In order to apply for a place on our School Direct programme, you must have:

A UK undergraduate degree (grade 2:2 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification;

A standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics, or equivalent;

A standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examination in a Science subject if you intend to train to teach at Primary level.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree. You will need to obtain a NARIC Statement of Comparability to evidence this prior to your application.

Additionally, all candidates are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills test before starting teacher training. You can book these tests and access practical materials here. We are pleased to offer support sessions to prepare you for these, email us at to book your free place.

For more information on your eligibility, please visit:

Click here to complete our Eligibility Form

What kind of qualities and experience do I need to apply?

We are specifically looking for talented, creative people who want to become inspirational teachers and who will be relentless in securing academic progress for every child and provide outstanding education and pastoral support, whilst facilitating emotional and social development.


Competencies graphic 2

2. UCAS Application

- Visit
- Click on the ‘Apply and Track’ tab, which is underneath the ‘Teacher Training’ tab.

Click here to ‘start your application’.

You Will Need:

Our provider code: 1TZ

Information for the following sections:

  • Contact details;
  • Relevant qualifications (including a breakdown of your degree topics);
  • Personal statement (details below);
  • School/Work experience.

Two referees’ details

  • 1 professional, someone who can comment on your character and suitability as a teacher.

(If you are applying for a salaried position, your professional reference will need to be from your current or most recent employer.)

  • 1 academic, e.g., a current or recent tutor

(If you haven’t been to university in the last 5 years, you may prefer to use a second professional referee).

Harris Top Tip Please ensure you choose referees who will respond efficiently and who you can chase in person to respond; this is the most common cause of delays with applications.


  • Go to the application home page and verify your email address.
  • The left-hand menu shows each section of the application and its status.

You must complete every section before submitting an application, so leave plenty of time.


  • Go to the application home page and verify your email address.
  • The left-hand menu shows each section of the application and its status.

You must complete every section before submitting an application, so leave plenty of time.

Top Tips For Your Application

Personal Details

  • In ‘Further Details’ > ‘Area of permanent residence’,

London is separated into boroughs, there is no option for ‘London’. Do not choose ‘City of London’ unless this is the specific borough in which you live.

  • - In ‘Further Details’ > ‘Who will pay your fees?’:

Non-salaried applying to Student Finance:
02 – UK student finance services.
Non-salaried self-funding the course:
01 – Private finance.
Salaried who will not yet know academy:
90 – Other source.

01 Private finance
02 UK, Chl, IoM or EU student finance services
04 Research councils
05 DH/Regional Health
06 UK Govt international award
07 Training agency
08 Other UK Govt award
09 International agency
10 UK Industry/commerce
90 Other source
99 Not known

Adding Choices:

Search for Harris by provider code 1TZ. Programmes are listed alphabetically. Check whether or not you are applying for the salaried or non-salaried programme (salaried will be specified in brackets next to the subject).


When submitting details of your qualifications, please include details of NARIC if you have an overseas qualification and have already obtained a Statement of Comparability.

If you are retaking a GCSE, select ‘pending’ when you are asked for your grade.
If you need to take an equivalence test, tick the box which presents you with this option.

If you have a breakdown of your degree topics, you will need this to hand. Please fill in as much detail as possible.

If your degree was subject-related we can see where your subject knowledge lies.

If you don’t remember, check with your university or fill in the topics you know you completed.

School/Work Experience:

Include all work experience, whether or not this was in an educational context; this is especially important for salaried trainees who should have three years or more of work experience to be eligible.

Personal Statement

The personal statement you submit will be the one which goes to all three of your providers. Stronger applications come from those applying to one subject, who can demonstrate their passion to teach in their specialist area and how they can evidence this. Weaker applications come from those applying to several courses and therefore not demonstrating any of them as your greater strength.

What to include:

Your reason(s) for wanting to teach! Evidence that you understand the rewards and challenges of teaching. Details of your previous education and how you have benefitted from it. Any other work with young people, such as helping with a youth club, working at a summer camp or running a sports team. The range of relevant abilities and skills you can bring to teaching, for example, practical experience, managing people, working with or leading a team, and communication skills. Whether you have any experience of being in a school.

How to write your Personal Statement:

You can use up to 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces) – whichever comes first. Some word processing packages calculate character and line counts differently from the UCAS Teacher Training system, so you might need to redraft your statement if there’s a discrepancy between the counts. Write in English and avoid italics, bold or underlining. Get the grammar and punctuation right and redraft your statement until you’re happy with it. It’s a good idea to write your personal statement in a word processor first, then copy and paste it into your application.

Harris Top Tip
Your personal statement will go through UCAS’ plagiarism, fraud and similarity checks.
Do not use a previous teacher training application as a basic format to edit.
Do not borrow a friend’s for tips.
Do not pay an online company to complete a “good” statement for you.
Use this opportunity to demonstrate to us, in your own words, exactly why you want to teach, why this subject, and how you hope to make the most out of our course.
At best, we may ask you to rewriteanother statement, but in some scenarios we will automatically reject those whose applications are flagged up in UCAS’ checks.

Submit Your Application

Once you have received both of your references, you will have your last chance to change any of your choices and then you need to pay and submit. Proofread your whole application again – spelling errors and mistyping contact details are common mistakes which can be easily rectified.

Harris Top Tip
On the left hand menu is the option to ‘print form’ – when submitting, be sure to print a copy of your application in case of technical issues.

3. Interview

If your application is successful we will contact you directly and invite you to attend an interview with the Initial Teacher Education team at Harris in Westminster.

You will most likely be interviewing with a small group who have applied to the same subject and phase that you have, as we try to group interviewees together in this way where possible.

Your session will begin by meeting our Recruitment Administrator, who will talk you through your itinerary.

The interview process is comprised of a group discussion with the interview panel, a written task, and an individual panel interview with a short teaching segment.

You will be provided with details when we first contact you to invite you to an interview.

We try to give you the results of your interview as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours, and if you’re applying for a salaried position, confirm the date and time of your school visit and interview.

You Will Need
Interview preparation work
We will let you know what you need to prepare when we initially contact you about your interview.

Proof of your right to work in the UK
This is usually your passport. Please contact us if you have any questions about what is accepted as proof.

Proof of qualifications
The more you can provide, the better, but we need to see GCSE Maths, English, Science (if you are applying for primary and your degree certificate. For oversees qualifications, please also bring your NARIC comparison

4. School Visit

If you have been successful at the interview stage, we will organise a visit to your potential placement school.

When you apply to us through UCAS, you are applying to Harris as a central provider, which means we can select your placement academy in discussion with you at interview stage. We will work with you to review how your subject and phase choice, location and preferences will fit with one of our establishments.

Details of school visits will be provided when we contact you after the interview stage.

5. UCAS Offer

Following a successful school visit, we will make you a formal offer through UCAS. You will need to accept this through your UCAS track.

6. Welcome

At this stage, you are now an official Harris ITE beginner teacher - congratulations and welcome!

You will receive a welcome pack from us with information about important dates, including those for the course, the Summer School in July, and an induction day in early June where we will perform pre-employment and document checks.

You will also receive your contract from your placement academy.

Meet some of our trainees...

Academy Locations Open Close