Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Star Teachers SCITT Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship English (3DXB)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

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
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
July 2022


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


Course summary

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship Programme is only available to those already employed in a school. You will need your employer’s agreement to apply for this route. The school-based apprenticeship is also underpinned by a structured taught course which provides deep insight into the required subject knowledge and the appropriate pedagogy to inspire effective learning in children and young people and secure progress in English. The Star Teachers apprenticeship programme begins with an intensive, centrally delivered two day induction to core aspects of the school curriculum which includes features of effective learning and teaching; how children learn and how teachers facilitate learning; behaviour management; pupil assessment; planning effective learning for all children, including those with special needs (SEND); English as an additional language (EAL); and planning differentiated learning that meets all young learners’ needs.

During the weekly centre-based time there will be a focus on developing the trainee group, sharing and disseminating practice together, collaboration and teamwork in learning, planning and teaching. You will undertake audits of your skills, experience and scientific knowledge in relation to the course requirements and the Teachers’ Standards. These will be used to build a personalised learning plan that you will update and maintain throughout your programme.

The weekly sessions focusses on:

  • Pedagogy and progression
  • Curriculum, assessment and progression
  • Subject development
  • Personal development, behaviour, and welfare, including anti-bullying and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
  • Behaviour for learning
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Safeguarding, including the Prevent, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) duty
  • Special educational needs and disabilities
  • Character development, including Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC), PSHE and British Values
  • Reflection and self-development

Throughout the first and second term, the programme will provide the underpinning for training foci and activities in the timetabled opportunities provided in school. The programme will also include additional inputs from Manchester Metropolitan University to support trainees who have elected to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate award in Education.

School placements

Our secondary apprenticeship is structured to offer training across the 11-16 age range. In recognition of the fact that certain teaching approaches must be secured before a teacher can bring about good or better pupil progress as a result of the lessons they deliver, we adopt a graduated approach to ensure the systematic development of our apprentices.

In Term 1 you will begin to develop the foundations of teaching practice, relating educational theory to classroom practice within your employing school. As your skills develop, you will take on increasing responsibility for the classroom planning, teaching and assessment.

In Term 2 you will build upon the basics from your first term and start to develop a deeper understanding of effective pedagogical practice as well as have a 6 week contrasting school experience within a different setting.

During the final phase in Term 3 you will master an extended repertoire of teaching practices within your employing school to ensure outstanding learning and progress.

You will undertake a short placement in a Primary school setting (Ages 9-11, school years 5-6) and a second placement in a sixth form or college to gain Key Stage 5 experience (ages 16-19, school years 12-13). This experience will complement the sessions centred on transition and ensure you fully understand the expectations, curricula, strategies and teaching arrangements in the age group immediately before and after those you are trained to teach.

You will gain experience in a Special School to focus on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This will build on learning already undertaken during the centre-based course and develop a keen appreciation of the needs of diverse children and how to support their learning.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B42 2SY
Main Site
Star Academies, Central office, Shadsworth Road, Blackburn, BB1 2HT
West Yorkshire
Thornbury Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 9AR

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship English 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.

Personal qualities

Before being accepted onto the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship, all apprentices must satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach. You will be required to complete a confidential medical questionnaire if you are offered a place on our apprenticeship.

Other requirements

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides employers and other authorised organisations with details of an individual’s convictions, cautions, police reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer. You will not be permitted to begin your apprenticeship without being in possession of an enhanced DBS with barred list check. We will arrange for you to apply for this check when you have been offered a place on one of our programme.


You will be paid by your employing school at a minimum of UQ1.

Your employing school will draw down the apprenticeship levy to cover the costs of the course.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

If you are considering a career in teaching, the outstanding Star Teachers SCITT programme provides the best possible chance to become an outstanding teacher. The Star Teachers route includes time spent training in at least two schools and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The optional award of a PGCE is also available via our university partner. We focus on you as an individual, working with you to design a pathway personalised to your specific needs and circumstances. You will be supported to systematically develop a teaching toolkit based on a deep knowledge and understanding of how children learn. You will be placed in some of the best schools in the country, where the attainment and achievement of children and young people are outstanding and where the teaching is consistently excellent. Highly skilled professional mentors, in school and from the central team, will coach you throughout the programme, helping you to understand the theory of teaching and apply the skills you develop in classroom contexts. Your progress will be assessed in a variety of ways, all of which will support your development as a reflective practitioner and outstanding teacher.

As a Star Teacher graduate, we will work with you to secure a role in our growing network of outstanding Star schools where you can enjoy a range of enhanced benefits and outstanding training and development opportunities. In choosing to complete Initial Teacher Training with Star, you also begin a journey of continuous professional development with us.

Interview process

Star Teachers are looking for people who have the determination to succeed, a commitment to working hard and the ability to work with others. You will be able to show enthusiasm for your subject and demonstrate a strong desire to work with children and make a difference in their lives. You will be willing to listen to advice and act on feedback in order to continually improve and develop as a teacher.

The assessment day is a half-day and will be based in your employing school. You will complete a number of tasks during the day which may include:

  • A formal interview
  • A group presentation task and discussion
  • A written task
  • A short teaching activity
  • An unseen task

The interview panel will consider your:

  • Quality of subject knowledge
  • Ability to communicate effectively and explain difficult concepts
  • Capacity to establish effective relationships inside and outside the classroom
  • Passion and drive to deliver the highest quality of educational standards
  • Commitment to develop as an educator of character
  • Suitability to train to teach and to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of training
  • Flexibility to adapt to change and ability to think instantaneously
  • Resilience and your ability to commit to tasks
  • Time management and organisation.

The interview panel will usually consist of a representative from one of our Partnership schools and Star Institute.

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

The Star Teachers SCITT programme welcomes applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, which includes trainees with specific learning needs. We have coached trainees with diagnosis’ in dyslexia and visual impairments who have gone on to become good and outstanding teachers. At Star we assess the potential to train to teach using the Teachers’ Standards and will make reasonable adjustments, working alongside trainees and our school partners, for the right candidates to enter the teaching profession. We make full use of IT and VLE facilities to enhance learning opportunities for all our trainees. Our mentors and tutors at centre-based training venues and within our schools work hard to ensure that training is accessible for all.

Contact this training provider

0330 313 9876
Star Institute
Star Academies
Shadsworth Road

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