Wood Green ITT Alliance
Business studies (G555)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Wolverhampton
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
15 months
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This is a Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship course which is run by the Wood Green ITT Alliance in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton. Our 2018-19 cohort of trainees all qualified and gained QTS with good or outstanding grades.
You will be employed by your chosen training school and paid a salary on the unqualified teacher scale for the duration of your apprenticeship course. The University fees will be paid by your training school. This is a demanding, full-time course aimed at confident and resilient applicants with extensive school experience. However, our Alliance is committed to providing you with all the support you need from both your school-based and university mentors. Your progress and well-being will be closely monitored, with supportive target setting and action planning at regular intervals so that you are kept on track to achieving an outstanding outcome. You will also take part in the whole school CPD programme and be encouraged to reflect upon your own professional learning needs. So, if you are enthusiastic and have a personal commitment to teaching, you will not find a better place to train.

Interview process

Once applications have been received by the Director of the Wood Green ITT Alliance through UCAS, in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton subject tutors and employment-based routes lead Tutor, candidates will be shortlisted. Successful candidates will be invited for interview at the University of Wolverhampton and for a School Assessment day at applicants’ first choice of training school. Please note that passing professional skills tests are no longer required to get onto the course but an audit of applicants’ literacy and numeracy skills will be completed by the university tutor on the interview day. After the interview and the school assessment have taken place, if both the training school and the university agree that the candidate is suitable for a place on the PGTA training course, an offer will be made to the candidate on UCAS. Please note that it make take a little time for the offer to come through the electronics systems. The applicant has then the opportunity to accept or decline the offer.

How school placements work

From September, the Post Graduate Teaching Apprentice is placed directly in his/her employing school and will be required to have sole responsibility of 50% of a standard teacher’s timetable during the autumn term. In the spring and summer terms, the teaching commitment will increase to 75% of a timetable. In addition, the Post Graduate Teaching Apprentice will have every Friday off timetable to attend University training or complete academic study.
You will be supported and observed at regular intervals by a school-based subject mentor, a professional mentor and university tutor. All will provide you with the quality feedback you need to achieve the best outcome. In addition, the Post Graduate Teaching Apprentice will need to complete 30 days of contrasting school experience at another school. This placement can be flexible and completed in chunks or as a full 6 weeks period according to trainee and his/her school needs.


A minimum of unqualified teachers’ pay scale salary £17,682 - £19,739 University fees paid by employing school Employing school can off set some of the costs against the apprenticeship levy

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.



Bachelor honours degree, ( 2:2 or above)

Personal qualities

Applicants should be passionate about their subject and have a strong desire to share their knowledge with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. They should be committed, resilient and enthusiastic. Having a meaningful experience of working with young people is requirement for this course. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they can communicate effectively with both adults and young people. The ability to reflect on any recent educational experiences and articulate their own perceived professional learning needs will also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Other requirements

Applicants must be aware that an enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service will also be required before commencing the programme. The employing school will assist you with regards to applying for your DBS.

About the training provider

Wood Green Academy is the Lead School of the Wood Green ITT Alliance. We have an extensive proven track record in training students to become outstanding teachers. Our main ITT pathway is the School Direct with QTS & PGCE route with in excess of 50 places advertised in 15 different curriculum areas across the Wood Green ITT Alliance for 2020-21. As such, we support all our Alliance partner schools to recruit for and deliver the highest quality teacher training school direct programmes. It has always been our philosophy as a Lead School to give teacher training applicants the opportunity to specifically apply for the training school/campus of their choice; you are therefore able, from the start, to select your preferred training school. It is our belief that the opportunity to mutually assess both enhances the training experience and produces the best outcomes. As a National Support School, Wood Green is at the forefront of national innovation. Having been judged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in our last 3 inspections, our ethos is based on high professional standards in all aspects. Trainees based at Wood Green Academy will be thoroughly supported by dedicated ITT and Departmental teams. Our subject mentors are extremely committed to your development and their vast experience will guide you to success. Wood Green ITT Alliance trainees will benefit from a precious extra layer of support. Our Alliance of schools enables more convenient arrangements for second school placements and greater opportunities for employment after the completion of your training.

About the accredited body

Our partnership with the University of Wolverhampton is very well established and we are their flag ship Lead school for the School Direct Secondary Route. As such, we play a very important part in many aspects of their ITE programme. Our close geographical proximity facilitates a well-balanced training experience. Our teaching staff also work with the university to provide teacher subject specialism training. In addition, our partnership provides opportunities for early career development. Web link: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/schooldirect

Training with disabilities and other needs

Wood Green ITT Alliance is committed to supporting applicants with disabilities and special needs. In partnership with the Universities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham, we endeavour to break down any barrier that may stand in an individual’s way of training as a teacher. Furthermore, our trainees’ mental health is at the heart of our mentoring and professional learning and development programmes.

Contact details

Wood Green Road
WS10 9QU


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