Oakthorpe Primary School Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship (3BQH)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
2Schools Consortium
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
4 academic terms
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Oakthorpe Primary School operating as 2Schools Consortium provides the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship Level 6 (Primary) leading to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in line with the Teacher Apprenticeship Standards framework and to PGCE, validated by the University of Brighton.

Ranked in the 10 best Teacher Training providers for Primary Teacher Training in 2015, 2Schools Consortium has been an accredited provider since 2002.

You will benefit from the expertise of an Outstanding (Ofsted, May 2014) teacher training provision working within a partnership of 40+ primary schools in North London across the Enfield, Harringay and Barnet local authorities.

Apprentices will be placed in and employed by the employer’s school for the duration of their course and will also have a second school placement.

The structure of the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship differs from existing ITT programmes as it lasts 12 months and has an end-point assessment (EPA) carried out by a different provider during the following autumn term.

Apprentices will benefit from spending 20% of each week attending training led by experts practitioners and completing weekly academic tasks to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Training will be delivered both in school by school based mentors and during off-the-job sessions by school based trainers with QTS and specific expertise related to the Teacher Apprenticeship Standards.

On completion of this apprenticeship all apprentices will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards, for the awarding of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Once the Apprentice is an ECT (Early Career Teacher) the end-point assessment (EPA) must be completed within three months.

The end-point assessment comprises of:

  • A lesson observation observed, and assessed, by the independent assessor. A short professional dialogue about the observed lesson will follow this;

  • A professional discussion, which will assess the apprentices’ knowledge, skills and behaviours with regard to the Teachers’ Standards. The professional discussion will be held between the apprentice and a panel, composed of the independent assessor, a representative from the apprenticeship training provider and a representative from the employer who has been involved in the apprentice’s training and development (such as professional mentor or support tutor). The apprentice should bring with them a portfolio of work completed during Initial Teaching Training. The portfolio will not be assessed but will provide the apprentice with an aid to the professional discussion.

School placements

Most of the course is spent at the main placement school which will be one of the 40+ primary schools in the partnership across North London in a class under the supervision and guidance of an experienced and supportive mentor (often the class teacher or a senior member of the school’s staff).

Teaching Apprentices may be required to take responsibility for a whole class up to 3 days a week, depending on the needs of the employing school.

Trainees on the course can choose to focus on EYFS and KS1 (3-7) or KS1 and 2 (5-11), but all trainees will be exposed to the primary curriculum.

The course will include a minimum of two placements/practices. One of these practices will take place in a partnership school and in a different KS.

Throughout this experience trainees acquire the skills, knowledge and behaviours which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Apprenticeship Teachers’ Standards; from developing good relationships with children that promote learning, with other colleagues, to working within a framework and national and school policies to deliver the Curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage own work load

  • Ability to combine work and study

  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues

  • Ability to build relationships with children that promote learning

  • Clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills

  • An interest in and enjoyment of working with children

  • Ability to reflect on own practice and learning and listen to advice

  • An understanding of children’s needs

  • An understanding of the professional boundaries related to child protection procedures

  • Willingness to implement and promote equal opportunities policies

Other requirements

We accept GCSE equivalent qualifications in maths, English and science to be eligible for the programme and to be awarded QTS. To meet the requirements for the PgTA End Point Assessment, candidates with GCSE equivalent qualifications in either or both maths and English, will also be required to obtain a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification.

With the removal of the skills tests, we will seek evidence of a candidate’ proficiency in maths and English.

Offers of appointment are conditional upon a satisfactory criminal record (DBS) check, satisfactory outcome of a health questionnaire and two references that meet safer recruitment requirements.


Minimum of point 1 on the Unqualified Teacher Scale

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

2Schools Consortium has been an accredited provider since 2002 and has a wealth of experience in mentoring trainees and in delivering training.

The 2Schools Consortium (Ofsted Outstanding, May 2014) consists of a lead school, Oakthorpe Primary School, in Enfield, and approximately 40 partnership schools where trainees are placed.

All trainees on the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship (PgTA) Programme have the opportunity to work towards a PGCE award which will be validated by the University of Brighton.


“I think this is the best way to get into teaching having had friends who have done other routes. I feel so prepared and feel as though I know what I am doing from the way the training is structured and the amount of support it ensures.”- ECT July 2021

“Fantastic course! I feel very prepared for the year ahead and was very happy with how helpful and caring the staff were. They were always there to help you overcome difficulties! 1000% would recommend this course to others considering teaching.” -ECT July 2021

Interview process

Applicants are shortlisted by the training team according to a scoring system against our (person specification)[http://www.2schools.org/school-direct/what-are-we-looking-for/]. and if successful are invited for interview. The interview lasts half a day and usually takes place at the lead school Oakthorpe Primary.

If successful at interview candidates will be invited to the next stage in the interview process, which involves the delivery of a half hour literacy or maths session observed by one of the school’s leaders and a member from the provider’s management board. There will also be time spent in class and candidates will need to take our internally set maths and literacy tests. Maths will be at approximately KS3 level and literacy will be an extended writing task.

Applicants who are successful at interview, are offered a conditional place. These are subject to:

  • Satisfactory references

  • Satisfactory medical assessment and Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

  • National and Local Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • Satisfactory completion of between 1 and 5 days in one of our schools (this will depend on your experience)

The purpose of the additional days in school is to ensure that following the Apprenticeship with us is the right decision for both the candidate and the Consortium. It is also an opportunity for the Consortium to gain information about the candidate to inform the initial needs analysis and the setting of pre-course tasks.

We run information sessions to support applicants. Please check in our News & events section.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

At 2Schools we want to enable everyone to reach their full potential. After all teaching is the profession that unlocks potential in children. If you do have and declare a disability we will do everything we reasonably can to make special arrangements. Please provide details on your application form so that we can ensure this happens. This will not affect your application. We are committed to provide equality and fairness for all in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. We have regularly successfully supported a number of trainees with dyslexia, mental health conditions and learning difficulties and will continue to provide high level of support for any disability.

Contact this training provider

0208 807 6906
Tile Kiln Lane
N13 6BY

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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