Heronsgate Primary School
Business studies (C893)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Greenwich
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
This course will start in June 2020 and learners will gain QTS and complete their Apprenticeship by July 2021.
Date you can apply from
7 May 2020
Date course starts
June 2020


About the course

This is a graduate teaching apprenticeship. Apprentices will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher and apply through UCAS to train. Successful apprentices will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and their apprenticeship.

Apprentices will be working in schools teaching classes for 80% of their time. Pedagogical training will be delivered by the University of Greenwich.

This course is predominately aimed at Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) who are working in schools and want to become qualified teachers. Applicants need to have the full support of their Headteacher. Applicants cannot be considered if they are not already employed in a school.

Apprentices have a timetable of classes and will be responsible for teaching classes.

Apprentices will receive a mixture of bespoke taught sessions and taught Professional Studies sessions shared with PGCE and School Direct trainees. This means apprentices will be taught by a range of school partners and academics, each with specialist interests and relevant experiences. It will also enable apprentices to have networking opportunities with trainee colleagues studying in a range of schools.

Interview process

Applicants will be interviewed and employed as an unqualified teacher by their current school.

Applicants then apply through UCAS and will be contacted by the Royal Greenwich Apprenticeship Team to discuss their application.

How school placements work

Apprentices work mainly in the school where they are employed.

Apprentices are required to complete a second placement in another school. The second placement will be for a minimum of 6 weeks and our partnership will support in arranging this.

Apprentices will have a school-based mentor who will have access to training and regular network meetings.


Apprentices are paid as unqualified teachers by the employing school.

The cost of the programme is £9,250, which will be paid by the employing school. Employers may be able to reclaim fees from the apprenticeship levy pot.

Financial support is not available for this course for the applicant because it comes with a salary. There are no fees for the learner to pay.

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.



  • Applicants should have a degree with a result of 2:2 or higher.
  • Candidates should also have GCSE English and Mathematics at C/4+.
  • Applicants must have the support of the headteacher at the school they work in and will be employed as an unqualified teacher for the duration of the apprenticeship.

Personal qualities

Applicants must have the capacity to develop into outstanding teachers. This requires a combination of personal and academic skills. Our schools are families of like-minded people, passionate about the lives of the young people they work with.

You should demonstrate awareness of what good teaching entails and show a desire to teach.

Our schools are looking for teachers who have great subject knowledge and high expectations for their students. Applicants must be hard-working, resilient and have a sense of humour. You will need to be willing to learn from your colleagues and our students alike, demonstrating your creativity and enthusiasm.

Other requirements

During induction at the University of Greenwich, apprentices will undertake diagnostic Mathematics and English tasks in order to identify the extent to which they satisfy the standards regarding subject knowledge in these subjects that all teachers are expected to hold. The outcomes of these tests will be shared with employers, in order that interventions can be put in place by employing schools, if necessary.

All candidates will need to have an advanced DBS check, and their employing schools will need to demonstrate that statutory safeguarding checks have been carried out.

About the training provider

Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding in March 2019 by Ofsted), working with Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance, take a leading role in co-ordinating teacher training. Across our Alliance we host a number of School Direct places each year in partnership with the University of Greenwich. This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. We offer School Direct salaried and tuition-fee funded routes into teaching.

From June 2020, Heronsgate will be working with Royal Borough of Greenwich Apprenticeships Plus and the University of Greenwich to offer postgraduate teaching apprenticeships.

With our outcomes for children and young people improving each year, Royal Greenwich is a great place to grow up, work and visit. We know teachers can transform lives and whatever their background, we want every child, living in this Royal Borough in a fantastic capital city, to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities available on their doorstep. We hope our trainees will go on to work locally and take advantage of our career long training opportunities.

About the accredited body

Heronsgate Hub has developed a very strong partnership with the University of Greenwich over the years. Heronsgate tuition-fee funded PGCE trainees and postgraduate teaching apprentices receive pedagogical teaching at the University of Greenwich.

The University of Greenwich, which has had its primary provision rated Outstanding in its most recent Ofsted inspection, and its secondary provision as Good, has a long running history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both partnership schools and from university lecturers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from disabled people and are committed to helping disabled students succeed. Advice and guidance is based on your individual needs and long-term medical conditions.

Apprenticeship Plus courses aim to remove all unnecessary barriers for learners from recruitment, induction and throughout courses, learners are encouraged to inform us of their needs and discuss any concerns so that reasonable adjustment can be put in place to ensure equality of access to learning and assessment.

DDA compliance and personal evacuation plans, with adaptations made to accommodate needs. Some sites are fully accessible while others (in older buildings) are not.

All placements offer mentor support. Apprentices employed in Royal Greenwich schools can access RBG staff support. Apprentices can also access support through their university.

Contact details

020 8317 0809
Heronsgate Primary School
Whinchat Road
SE28 0EA


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