Apprenticeships

Teaching apprenticeships training route

Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are a new, nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching.

In addition to working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) after the summer to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.

  • Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes are a nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching. It is an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while you learn.
  • Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are available for prospective primary and secondary school teachers in England.
  • You’ll be employed by a school while you learn on the job. With regard to our partnership, this will be a school you’re already working at, or have an existing relationship with.
  • If you’re currently working as an unqualified teacher or teaching assistant, it offers new opportunities for career progression, plus higher earning capacity, recognition, and status.
  • You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching and off-the-job training as you to work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Check with your training provider to find out if the apprenticeship also includes a PGCE and master’s level credits. Where this is an option, there may be an additional cost required for completion of the PGCE.
  • Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll be employed directly by the school. Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes.
  • Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes combine paid work with on and off-the-job training. The design of the programme has been led by a group of experienced schools and teachers, specifically for apprentices.
  • Apprentices will split their time between school and university study. You’ll receive practical, school-led training alongside experienced staff, and spend at least 20 per cent of your time off-timetable to learn the pedagogy of teaching.
  • In addition to working towards QTS on successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) after the summer to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes:

  1. You’ll need to hold a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  2. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
  3. If you intend to train to teach pupils aged 3 to 11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination.

Some training providers may also have specific entry criteria. As teaching involves working with children on a daily basis, there are also some non-academic requirements you’ll need to meet.

Fees and funding

With Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes, you won’t need to pay any tuition fees. You’ll be employed by a school, and salaries will differ between employers.

Please check with your chosen training providers before you apply.

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