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. 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).
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% 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) to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.
The trainee will undertake a 6 week (Term 3) contrasting placement. This will be organised by the Professional Mentor at your base school.
You will require a GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English and Mathematics above or equivalent qualifications.
You will require an honours degree 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
An awareness of the teaching profession with the capacity to thrive in a demanding and fast moving environment.
The salary given will be at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale.
The employer will pay the apprenticeship levy.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
VITSA – Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance is a Teaching School Alliance dedicated to providing a ‘world class’ experience for all students within all our Alliance schools. We work in partnership with a number of universities: Brighton, Sussex, Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich, all of whom are recognised as centres of excellence for teacher education and development, their initial teacher education programmes have been Ofsted rated Good or Outstanding, and are considered to be among the best in the country.
VITSA provides excellent opportunities for career development and progression, by using the characteristics of world class education systems, encouraging peer led innovation and developing system leaders. Represented within the Alliance schools from the primary, cross phase special and secondary sectors including the independent sector, where many are Ofsted rated Outstanding. We are also a National Teaching School Alliance, accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
As a result of this strong foundation we are a group of schools with a genuine commitment to working together to deliver the very best training for potential future teachers. We can offer you a diverse range of experiences that will build your skills as a teacher and boost your career potential in the future. What all of the schools share, regardless of phase or specialism, is the vision, passion and expertise to support you through your new career.
About the accredited body
The University of Brighton is an outstanding provider of teacher training which offers both School Direct Tuition and School Direct Salaried programmes in secondary age phases. We are working with the University of Brighton as an accredited teacher training provider. There will be opportunities to have pedagogical and professional training sessions at the University. The University will support the school in the application and interview process.
Additionally, the University of Brighton will provide library services, student services, and other support needed, matched to the candidates requirements.
If you have applied for a Teaching Apprenticeship place with us, you need to expect two interview stages - the first with the university, the second with the school offering the place.
The university interview will be with staff from the School of Education and the department of your subject. They will also want to check your documentation to ensure you are eligible and compliant, so it’s worth looking for the originals of GCSE, degree and marriage certificates before that interview. If successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview. You will be expected to:
◾ teach a short part of a lesson on a specific topic; you’ll be given
information as to the numbers in the group, their ability and the
point they are at in that topic.
◾ give a short presentation to the interview panel – this is likely to
consist of senior subject and leadership staff, possibly the
If you are unsuccessful at the university stage, it is unlikely that the school will proceed any further with your application.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are an Inclusive Teaching School Alliance, and recruit our trainees on their individual merit.