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Primary Advantage Primary (Z921)

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.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Primary Advantage Federation is seeking to appoint excellent applicants like you to train through the Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship, Early Years Primary (3-7) route for the academic year 2021-22.

This route is provided in partnership with London Metropolitan University.

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

You will benefit from a very strong support network which includes a London Met tutor, school mentors, and student peer group. Most importantly you will love working with our children.

You will be welcomed as a member of our staff in our schools on the first day of the school year and be completely immersed in your school, participating in all aspects of day to day life and working the full school year. You will be coached to teach whole classes from early on in your placement, with the guidance, nurture and support of your class teacher.

You will have 20% guaranteed off the job training, split between university days and school-based training tasks.

You will be based and employed in your ‘home’ school from the start of the year, and be based in 1 main class for that year, where you will gradually take on teaching responsibilities, supported by the class teacher, your mentor.

Half way through the year you will be placed in one of our other schools, gaining experience teaching in a different age group. In the summer term you will return to your same class in your home school by which time you will be teaching that class the majority of the week.

Throughout your year, your school-based mentors and university tutors will support you in the classroom. The latter will also teach your university sessions, ensuring there is continuity of support throughout your training.

Primary Advantage has an outstanding track record of supporting student teachers, and many of our previous trainees are now teachers and leaders in our schools. As part of our programme, along with our other trainees, you will have additional training sessions with some of the best teachers in our Federation. We have found this creates a strong peer group which students find incredibly supportive and valuable. It also adds an important third dimension to your teacher training experience.

Full course details can be found on:

School placements

At your interview with us at Primary Advantage we try to match you with the school that best suits your needs and interests, and also try to place you in the age group of your choice, if you have a preference, though we cannot guarantee these preferences.

You will be placed at the start of the year in one of our schools which will be your main setting and you will rotate on placement to one of our other schools to experience different settings and key stages at certain points later in the year.

Throughout the year you will have plenty of opportunities to experience working with pupils at all key stages and learn from outstanding practitioners in different settings.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Primary Advantage is seeking top graduates for this programme. The entry requirement is a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and GCSEs grade C/5 and above in English, Maths and Science.

You will also need to complete:

  • Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate
  • LMU Health Check and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach
  • Literacy and Numeracy tests. These are university-based tests, which you will be asked to undertake at interview.

If your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

(0)20 3370 1217

Or contact

Personal qualities

Our schools are exciting places to work, filled with inquisitive children, supported by a community of diverse families and inspiring organisations, striving to ensure all children thrive.

We are looking for you to:

-Be enthusiastic, hardworking and committed to supporting all pupils

-Have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills

-Be open to developing highly reflective practice

-Have creative ideas with an ability to translate them into inclusive practice

-Be committed to improving student outcomes

Other requirements

This employment-based route into teaching is highly competitive and we are looking for high-quality graduates with previous work experience. Three years’ full time work experience in any field is desirable and ideally some experience in schools or with children.

A minimum of 2 weeks’ classroom experience is usually expected, though in current times we understand this might not be possible to obtain.

Proficiency in English, confirmation you have the health and physical capacity to commence training, eligibility to work in the UK and an enhanced DBS certificate will also be required.


Apprentices are employed on the Unqualified Teacher Scale, which is fixed according to where you work: Inner London, Outer London, London Fringe or National. Being employed at PA you will be paid at the Inner London rate which is currently around £21,000-£22,000. 2021-22 rates will be available nearer the time.

The cost of your training is met through the Apprenticeship Levy, leaving you with nothing to pay.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Be part of our success story.

Education in Hackney has been completely transformed: a revolution in a decade. Our eight primary schools in the borough continue to move from strength to strength. We are proud of our success across Primary Advantage and want you to be part of it.

We have 150 teachers across our 8 primary schools with almost a third of them having trained as student teachers with us. You will find many of our excellent class teacher mentors keen to share their own training experience with you. We train our teachers for the profession, not just for our schools, but are proud that many stay with us growing as both excellent practitioners and leaders.

We offer a clear professional development pathway to all student teachers allowing them to specialise in their practice and grow into both subject specialists, excellent classroom practitioners and school leaders. There is a strong support network for students and we have been recognised nationally for the CPD programme we offer.

Our strength as schools is the diversity of our children and our community. We are committed to this being even further reflected in our workforce across our schools.

Our schools are built on love and trust and underpinned by extremely high expectations for all. Let your experience working with us in Hackney be the start of your journey to becoming the best teacher you can be.

About the accredited body

LMU training is highly rated by Ofsted, who praised the ‘inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support apprentices receive, which enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.’ (Ofsted 2016)

Interview process

Interviews are currently online, though may be face to face later in the year.

Shortlisted applicants are invited to an online interview, initially with London Met, then, if successful, with Primary Advantage.

The interview process will include a series of tasks aimed at assessing your ability and appropriateness for the course. This will include a presentation, an individual interview and a series of online and hand-written tasks to assess your basic maths and English skills.

Apprentices are subject to enhanced DBS checks and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.

Once you have completed both university and school interviews, the university will confirm the decision through UCAS. If you are offered a place, they will email you to confirm how to meet any conditions of your offer.

If unsuccessful at this stage, you may also be offered an alternative route into teacher training.

Please note, if you receive an offer, the university will need to see originals of documents, qualification certificates etc. before you are able to enrol on the course. If you do not have original certificates, you should apply early to get replacements. This can be a time-consuming process and might prevent you from joining the course if unsuccessful.

For any queries regarding your application contact the Admissions Office at London Met:

Training with disabilities and other needs

Primary Advantage Federation is fully committed to admitting and supporting students with disabilities.

In addition all our trainees can access the wide range of support services provided by our university partners.

Contact this training provider

0207 254 1010
Holy Trinity Primary School
Beechwood Road
E8 3DY

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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