Springwood High School Design and technology (D763)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The Cambridge Partnership
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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
July 2023
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Course summary

The Apprenticeship programme is Year 2 of the internship programme. In order to be eligible for this course, ideally you will have completed Year 1 of the internship programme, be employed as an Unqualified Teacher and have the support of your employing school, who will be paying the tuition fees via the Apprenticeship Levy.

The course commences on 1 July, after which there will be 2 training days before the end of term, with readings to be completed prior to the professional training days which commence in August.

On the course you will be in school four days a week and follow a central training programme on Fridays, which augments your subject knowledge for teaching and your general professional development.

During the course you will receive strong support from TCP in the form of a Subject Specialist Tutor (secondary) or a Phase Manager (Primary). Well-being of trainees is crucial and we have developed a strong mechanism to support trainees in this respect. A qualified counsellor is available at no cost to you.

Over the course you will produce an e-portfolio of evidence, monitored by TCP and your school(s). You will also have assignments to complete and your teaching will be observed regularly, with feedback to ensure strong classroom practice.

School placements

Your main school placement is in your employing school Mon-Thurs for the duration of the course. You will also undertake a Contrasting School Placement for 15 consecutive Fridays from mid January until the end of the course.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in design and technology 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.

Please note, that whilst equivalency test are accepted for ITT, they are not accepted for the Apprenticeship Gateway, therefore those candidates who do not hold full GCSEs in English and maths, must hold a qualification from the ESFA approved list: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-and-maths-requirements-in-apprenticeship-standards-at-level-2-and-above

Other requirements

To be eligible for application, candidates must have the support of the employing school and have completed an eligibility application via the Local Authority.


Students who opt for the Apprenticeship training programme are employed as an unqualified teacher while they learn on the job. The employing school will pay the tuition fees of £9000 to The Cambridge Partnership via the Apprenticeship levy.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Meridian Trust is a family of 30 schools across primary and secondary. Meridian Trust schools share a vision of education at the heart of local communities. As a Trust we truly value the success of every child and we place the sharing of excellent education practice at the core of this value. We are committed to improving the quality of education and life in the community in which our schools sit, and their immediate surroundings. With this aim, the Trust operates from hubs in Cambridge, Peterborough and Bedfordshire and its staff, pupils and families are spread across the entire area from rural village to inner city estate.

Training the next generation of outstanding teachers is a vital part of our vision for the future. Meridian Trust has a long history of delivering professional training at all levels of a teacher’s career. Our philosophy is to encourage creativity and evaluation to continually push the boundaries of learning.

With us, you will be choosing a provider with a proven track record for producing outstanding teachers for schools within our partnership which covers Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and beyond.

About the accredited body

The Cambridge Partnership, along with The Pilgrim Partnership together form Meridian Trust ITT, working with schools from across the whole of the eastern region of the UK, into Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also 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

Meridian Trust ITT are committed to equal opportunities for all. We aim to ensure that no present or prospective trainee or tutor receives less favourable treatment than another, on grounds of any condition or status not directly affecting study or work. As part of our equal opportunities policy, Meridian Trust are committed to improving the support of students with a disability.

Contact this training provider

01223 491630
Springwood High School
King's Lynn
PE30 4AW

Support and advice

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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).

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