Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Grazebrook Primary School Postgraduate Primary Teaching Apprenticeships (3FJM)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
London Metropolitan University
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised, work-based route into teaching; an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering participants a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while they learn.

Teaching apprentices have achieved very achieve highly: in its first year of running, our trainees were all graded Outstanding in their teaching practice and almost all gained distinctions in the academic work. All have continued in employment in their schools. This exciting and challenging route is the perfect preparation for your career in teaching.

As an apprentice, you’ll work mostly in one school, where you will be employed on the unqualified teacher rate. You will also undertake another placement in a contrasting setting and key stage, giving you a variety of hands-on experience. You will have 20% guaranteed off the job training, split between university days and school-based training tasks.

This is a Level 6 (degree level) course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our apprentices also undertake a Level 7 (Master’s Level) PGCE. This structure gives you room to develop your classroom practice and to examine the underlying principles and values around education. This course has two modules designed to help you develop an understanding of your future role as a primary school teacher:

  • The Curriculum Studies module introduces you to the issues of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You’ll address the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum and learn how to teach core subjects including English, Mathematics and Science.

  • The Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module gives you an understanding of the broader contexts and a framework for meeting the needs of all the children you’ll teach, linking to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),

Throughout your year, your school-based mentors and university tutors will support you in in the classroom. The latter will also teach your university sessions, ensuring there is continuity of support throughout your training. By working in both environments, you will reflect on the links between your own teaching theory and practice.

LMU training is highly rated by Ofsted, who praised the ‘inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support apprentices receive, which enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.’ (Ofsted 2016)

School placements

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised, work-based route into teaching. It is an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering participants a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while they learn.

The PGCE Early Years & Primary Apprenticeship route is a one-year course, which is both rewarding and demanding.

The training will occupy 20% of your teaching time, split between face-to-face training at the University (Holloway Road campus) and independent training tasks in the workplace.

The course will then build on these well established and successful foundations by combining the expertise of our course tutors (who are all experienced classroom practitioners and teacher trainers) with a dynamic curriculum designed to cater for your needs as a teacher apprentice. You will be encouraged to reflect upon your own practice and to critically engage with current research, policy and pedagogy, leading to the PGCE award with 60 master’s-level credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course is made up of 4 modules; two consecutive School Experience modules and two academic modules.

Apprentices will be placed predominantly in one of our alliance schools for the majority of the academic year and will be supported by an assigned mentor.

All apprentices will complete a 6 week alternative placement in another key stage in the spring term.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring apprentices.

As a teacher you will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your work and your specialism.

You will have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people’s lives and futures. Ideally, you:

  • are able to express why you want to teach.

  • have visited a local school in order to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised.

  • have participated on the School Experience Programme.

  • can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement.

Other requirements

The interview process will include a series of tasks aimed at assessing your ability and appropriateness for the course. This will include a presentation, an individual interview and a series of online and hand-written tasks. Apprentices are subject to enhanced DBS checks and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.

If you receive an offer, we will need to see all original documents before you are able to enrol. If you do not have original certificates, you should apply immediately for replacements. Without these it might prevent you from joining the course.


Potential applicants are required to be employed as a full-time unqualified teacher (UQT) and paid according to the UQT scale at point 1 or higher. You may already be employed in the school in which you will train, or you may join the school deliberately because it is part of the Teacher Apprentice Scheme.

Apprentices are employed on the Unqualified Teacher Scale, which is fixed according to where you live: Inner London, Outer London, London Fringe or National. The cost of training is met through the Apprenticeship Levy, leaving you with nothing to pay.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

New Wave offers trainee teachers the unique opportunity to work and learn in a range of exciting and innovative primary schools.

The partnership consists of four high-performing primary schools, one exceptional secondary and one highly successful, outstanding graded all through special school. All the primary applications will be led by Grazebrook Primary School.

The lead school, Grazebrook Primary School, Shacklewell Primary School, Woodberry Down Community Primary School, Mossbourne Riverside and Sir Thomas Abney are all outstanding schools who are leaders in their fields. All schools share a common ethos and approach to pedagogy, ensuring that pupils become confident learners achieving the highest standards possible.

As a group of schools we share the same vision for Initial Teacher Training. We are passionate about supporting and nurturing the next generation of teachers and ensure that all of our trainees receive the very best professional development. All of our previous trainees are currently in teaching positions and qualified at a good or outstanding level.

For more information about us, Teaching Apprenticeships or the School Direct programme please visit our website or contact us on the address below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Interview process

Currently all initial interviews are undertaken online, via video link (Google Meet or similar). Later in the process there may be a face to face assessment prior to an offer being made.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a interview at the lead school and then with university tutors from the primary ITE team. The online university interview will include an online diagnostic assessment of your basic maths and English skills.

Further details on the interview processes will be available after application.

Once you’ve undertaken both school and university interviews, we will normally confirm the decision through UCAS within one week. If you’re offered a place, we will additionally email you to confirm how to meet any conditions of your offer.

If you’re unsuccessful at any stage the decision will be communicated through UCAS. We do try to indicate a reason in UCAS why we have not been able to offer a place and suggestions as to how you might work towards another application, more successfully.

If unsuccessful at this stage, you may also be offered an alternative route into teacher training from within the university portfolio.

If you have any queries relating to your application you should contact Liza Hooper at New Wave Teaching School for further information or the Admissions Office at London Met

International candidates

You’ll 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 New Wave, we welcome applications from graduates with disabilities. We fundamentally believe that there is an important place for teachers with disabilities within the teaching profession and our schools are committed to supporting future trainees fully.

If potential applicants are interested in finding out more information about ways in which we can support, please do get in touch.

All information will be treated sensitively and in confidence.


Contact this training provider

0208 802 4051
Grazebrook Primary School
Lordship Road
Stoke Newington
N16 0QP

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022