Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance
Primary (C3P0)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
London Metropolitan University
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may 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.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance (HTSA) Postgraduate Apprenticeship Programme offers a school-led, employment-based, postgraduate Initial Teacher Training pathway which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE, in partnership with London Metropolitan University.

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes are a nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching. It is an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while you learn.

You will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher while you learn on the job, with an inner London salary from £21,641 and the opportunity to be employed by the school as a teaching assistant in the Summer term before your course to support your induction.

If you’re currently working as an unqualified teacher or teaching assistant, it offers new opportunities for career progression, as well as higher earning capacity, recognition, and status. You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching and off-the-job training as you to work towards QTS. Our unique training partnership with London Metropolitan University will also prepare you for a PGCE qualification with face to face training at university and independent tasks.

Similarly to School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll be employed directly by the school. Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes:

  • Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship Programme combines paid work with on- and off-the-job training. The design of the programme is led by our schools partnership specifically for apprentices.

  • Apprentices will split their time between school and university study. You’ll receive practical, school-led training alongside experienced staff and spend at least 20% of your time off-timetable to learn the pedagogy of teaching, including one day every fortnight at London Metropolitan University.

  • In addition to working towards QTS, on successful completion of the course apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) in the Autumn Term of their NQT year to consolidate learning from Initial Teacher Training.

Interview process

Shortlisted applicants are invited to interview by email. In the first instance you will be interviewed by a panel of HTSA staff. If successful at this stage you will be invited to meet the team at London Metropolitan University.

You should expect to be on campus for up to four hours for the full interview process to be completed. There will be a literacy test in the form of a written task, a teaching exercise/presentation and an individual interview with a course tutor to discuss your application and suitability for the course.

If you cannot attend an interview by the deadline specified, UCAS will reject your application. If unsuccessful with your other choices you could then use APPLY2 to be reconsidered by us. For further details on this process contact the HTSA.

How school placements work

School Placements

Our partnership currently consists of 14 Hackney schools, 11 of which are primaries:

Millfields Community School

Kingsmead Primary School

Stormont House School

Benthal Primary School

Gayhurst Primary School

Harrington Hill Primary

Mandeville Primary School

Nightingale Primary School

Randel Cremer Primary School

Rushmore Primary School

Wentworth Nursery School

You will be placed in a class at one of our primary schools, gradually taking over responsibility for their learning and building to 80% teaching time by the end of the year.

Who will teach me?

Experienced classroom teachers from our network, educational consultants, subject specialists and lecturers from London Metropolitan University deliver the training.

Will I earn a salary?

You will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher while you learn on the job, with an inner London salary from £21,641. Your tuition fees will be met by the apprenticeship levy.

How will I be assessed?

A number of different people are responsible for assessing your progress towards the teaching standards set by the Department for Education. Your practical teaching will be assessed by your mentor, link tutor and other experienced teachers. Tasks and assignments are marked by link tutors and moderated by lecturers from London Metropolitan University. Rigorous quality assurance procedures ensure that assessment is carried out effectively and fairly.

What support will I get?

Your link tutor will visit you at least once every half term to observe your teaching and give feedback. You will meet your link tutor half-termly for a review meeting to discuss progress and targets. You will also be allocated a school-based mentor; this may be your class teacher or it may be another experienced member of the school staff. Your mentor will observe you and give you feedback on your teaching at least once a week. They will also meet you weekly to discuss your training plan, targets and progress.

Additional support is available as necessary. If you have a special need or disability we urge you to discuss this with us as early as possible so that we can make any necessary adjustments and provide the support that you need.


You will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher while you learn on the job with an inner London salary from £21,641 .

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.



You must have the following qualifications to apply for our Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programme:

  • A first degree (an honours degree at 2.2 or above) from a recognised UK higher education institution (or equivalent overseas Qualification) If you hold a degree or other qualifications from a non-UK institution, you must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (UK NARIC): Tel: 01242 260 010. You will also need to supply written evidence of this information with your application.

  • GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4 or higher (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics, and Science

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who are dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring and have a desire to share your passions for your specialism with young people and make a real difference to their life chances. Ideally, you:

Enjoy working with children and are excited about supporting children to make progress

Are pro-active, flexible and reflective

Are determined to reach the highest standard

Have a strong sense of professionalism and thrive on challenge

Have a passion for teaching, are ambitious for children and for making a difference

Understand that children have different needs and learn in different ways

Other requirements

Ideally (but not essentially) some recent experience of working with children in educational settings. The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English (both written and orally) A commitment to teach and a motivation to learn Well-developed personal qualities and skills such as self-organisation, resilience and reflectiveness A commitment to equal opportunities

Contact details

020 8985 6641
c/o Clapton Girls' Academy
Laura Place
E5 0RB


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