Wilson Stuart School
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QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University College Birmingham
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
13 months
Date you can apply from
23 June 2020
Date course starts
July 2020


About the course

The Teacher Apprenticeship course is a government-funded route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is a Level 6 postgraduate qualification, and the training takes place in one school.

Teacher Apprentices are paid and are responsible for their own class of children. They spend four days each week in school and one day at university.

Candidates for the Teacher Apprenticeship must demonstrate that they are able to achieve QTS by the end of their training programme.

This route is particularly well-suited to Teaching Assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants, current unqualified teachers and capable graduates.

The qualification entitles you to teach in schools in England only.

How school placements work

This Teacher Apprenticeship is mainly school-based, and much of what you will learn takes place on-the-job under the guidance of school mentors and university tutors.

Hands-on experience planning lessons with colleagues, delivering lessons to your pupils and assessing children’s progress in learning will give you confidence, knowledge and classroom-ready practical skills.

Additionally, learning in a school setting provides the context for off-the-job training - you will have the opportunity to observe other teachers, participate in training and meet with key members of staff.

At university, you will learn about the decision making processes behind each lesson you deliver, the topics and strategies for engaging children with the curriculum, and the essential knowledge and qualities of an excellent teacher.

The Teachers’ Standards provide the framework for assessment for the Teacher Apprenticeship. These professional standards set out eight key areas in teaching, and three further areas with regard to your personal and professional conduct that you must demonstrate competency in to achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

Assessment activities include gathering a portfolio of evidence for the Teachers’ Standards and lesson observations.



Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



uccessful applicants will need to:

be qualified to degree level (UCB accepts at least a 2:2 BA/Sc Hons in a relevant subject area) have a pass in each of their GSCEs in English, maths and science (Grade C/Grade 4 and above) have passed the QTS Skills Tests in English and maths have undertaken a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

About the training provider

Wilson Stuart School is a 6 times consecutive Ofsted Outstanding all age (2 – 25 years) Special School which provides “Outstanding” education for up to 310 pupils and young people who have physical disabilities, and/or complex medical conditions. In our last Ofsted in March 2019, we were graded as outstanding in every single aspect of the inspection. We are a lead school who are partnered with a range of Birmingham based Outstanding/Good special and mainstream schools to provide an invaluable training experience. We work in close partnership with UCB to deliver our teacher training programme delivering School Direct for 6 years. As a training provider we are a small partnership who offers an individualised programme for each of our training teachers. Our employment figures to date after completion of the course has been 100%, many of which are still successfully teaching within the partnership. Retention figures show that those completing School Direct route with our partnership remain in teaching with past candidates going on to complete middle leadership courses. Over 90% of our teachers finish with a teaching grade of Outstanding. To complete the course you will need to have completed a degree with a classification of 2:2 or higher, c or above in English, Maths, Science GCSE and some experience of working with children; this could be in a range of setting such as before or after school clubs, Teaching Assistant or Sports groups .

About the accredited body

University College Birmingham and Wilson Stuart School have worked very closely over several years to provide a bespoke Initial Teacher Education experience, with a large focus on improving the understanding of teachers in the area of Special Educational Need and Disabilities. By only taking a small number of candidates onto the programme, Wilson Stuart School and UCB can provide a highly individualised training experience for every candidate, gaining outstanding results since the beginning of the partnership in 2014.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our partnership specialises in teaching pupils with special educational needs. As an Outstanding school who works with pupils with a range of physical, medical and learning needs we are in a position to offer support and encouragement for all those who endeavour to become outstanding teachers. Many of our schools are fully accessible and can accommodate training teachers who require adapted facilities including ramp access, automatic doors and disabled bathroom facilities. We see training teachers with additional needs as an opportunity to provide role models to our own pupils. We have staff who work with us who have registered disabilities and have used access to work funding to provide additional resources or support where required. We have also worked with young adults at a school for the visually impaired to support work experience opportunities. When attending lectures at UCB you are based within McIntyre house which was built in 2014 and has lift access to all the floors. UCB also has a Disability Advisor who can support with many areas of access to the course.

Contact details

Perry Common Road
West Midlands
B23 7AT


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