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Heronsgate Primary School Physical education (Y010)

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

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
This course will start in June 2022 and learners will gain QTS and complete their Apprenticeship by July 2023.
Date you can apply from
6 April 2022
Date course starts
June 2022


Course summary

Bringing together the expertise and experience of colleagues from University of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Schools Apprenticeships and Heronsgate Primary School, we are able to deliver an exceptional programme to enable those with aspirations to teach a new and exciting pathway to reach their career ambitions.

This is a graduate teaching apprenticeship. Apprentices will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher. 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 a qualified teacher. Applicants need to have the full support of their Headteacher.

Apprentices are employed by their school as unqualified teachers; they will be the named class teacher and they must be employed on a full-time basis of at least 30 hours a week.

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.

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Physical education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

GCSE Certificate or Equivalent - An equivalent qualification can be obtained using the following links or (We will need to see evidence of this prior to the beginning of the programme)

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.


Apprentices will be paid as unqualified teachers by the employing school from June 2022 until August 2023.

The cost of training is £9000, which is paid by the school via the apprenticeship levy. Schools who do not pay into the levy can still access 95% of the training costs.

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.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Heronsgate Primary School (rated Outstanding in March 2019 by Ofsted), take a leading role in co-ordinating teacher training. 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 the School Direct tuition-fee funded route into teaching.

Heronsgate are also now 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

University of Greenwich programmes equip students with skills, knowledge and understanding to enter the profession with enthusiasm, confidence and the ability to motivate and inspire young learners.

The University has a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at the Avery Hill Campus.  The University’s lecturers are all experienced classroom practitioners with an enviable record of success in teacher training.

In 2017, the University was rated Ofsted Outstanding for its Primary Partnership programme. The report said: “The extremely strong relationship between the university and its partner schools ensures that there is a shared vision for future developments.”

Interview process

Applicants will be interviewed and employed by their current school.

Applicants then apply through the DfE Apply service and will be contacted by the Royal Greenwich Apprenticeship Team to discuss their application before the programme commences in June.

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

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

Our courses aim to remove all unnecessary barriers for trainees from recruitment, induction and throughout courses, trainees 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.

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

Contact this training provider

020 8317 0809
Heronsgate Primary School
Whinchat Road
SE28 0EA

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