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Angel Islington Teaching School Alliance Primary (39NZ)

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 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This is a graduate teaching apprenticeship. Apprentices will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher and apply to us to train. Successful apprentices will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and their apprenticeship. Most apprentices are already employed in their school s a teaching assistant and their school wants to support their step up to becoming a teacher.

Apprentices will be working in schools teaching classes for 9/10 days across two weeks. One day per fortnight will be training at London Metropolitan University. This course is aimed at Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) who are working in schools and want to progress in their career. Applicants need to have the full support of their Headteacher and to have been appointed as an unqualified teacher before applying for this course. Applicants can not be considered if they are not already employed.

Apprentices have a timetable of classes and will be responsible for teaching classes from day one in September. This is negotiated at school level.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School

School placements

Apprentices work mainly in the school where they are employed. Apprentices are required to complete a second placement in another school. The second placement is a minimum of 6 weeks. Our alliance will support in finding the second placements but cannot guarantee this. Apprentices will have a school based mentor and a work plan that is devised with their university tutor. There will be tasks to complete in school to support their off the job training.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants should have an honours degree 2:2 or better. Candidates should also have GCSE English, Maths and Science at C/4+.

Applicants must have the support of their Headteacher and will become an unqualified teacher.

Personal qualities

If you are working in a school, have the required qualifications and want to become a teacher then this may be the route for you. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about improving the life chances of young people, who want to be part of building the future and who see education as a process that goes beyond subject leading, to developing the whole child. Candidates need to be resilient; able to work as part of a team and find creative solutions. Teaching is hard work but is very rewarding and you will never be bored.

Other requirements

All candidates will need to pass literacy and numeracy tests set by London Metropolitan University and trainees are subject to enhanced DBS checks. Candidates will complete a self declaration on their suitability for teaching.


Apprentices are paid as unqualified teachers by the employing school.

Fees are £9,250 and are paid by the employer. Employers may be able to reclaim fees from the apprenticeship levy pot.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Angel Islington Teaching School Alliance is lead by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School which is an outstanding inner city 11-16 girls community school. We have been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted since 2005 and our progress 8 scores are significantly positive.

As an alliance, we are committed to supporting the well-being of staff and students. Everything we do is based on our core belief that every student can achieve in whatever field they chose, regardless of their starting point or background.

Train with us and make a difference to the lives of young people, many of whom are disadvantaged. You will be part of a peer group of trainees across our alliance that receives high quality training and support. Our trainees undertake professional studies across the alliance, and at times, across phases, to maximise learning. We hope our trainees will go on to work locally and take advantage of our career long training opportunities. We are located close to good transport hubs (Angel Islington and Kings Cross). Islington is a thriving borough with many opportunities for social activities. We are close to central London and all that offers.

Angel Teaching School Alliance

About the accredited body

London Met provides an excellent platform to develop your career as a teacher. We offer innovative, inspiring courses delivered by knowledgeable industry professionals, with employment and completion rates well above the national average. Employment prospects are excellent with many students offered employment in their placement schools.

We offer a range of PGCE subjects at Primary and Secondary levels. We also team up with partner schools and teaching school alliances to offer the new employment-based Teacher Apprenticeships at Primary Level and Secondary Level and PGCE School Direct places.

Interview process

Applicants are interviewed and employed as an unqualified teacher by their current school. Applicants then apply to UCAS and will be interviewed at the London Metropolitan University.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Candidates with disabilities and other needs are supported by DDA compliance and personal evacuation plans, with adaptations made to accommodate needs. Some sites are fully accessible while others (in older buildings) are not. We will interview candidates at accessible sites and ensure placements take place at suitable sites and with appropriate adjustments.

All placements offer mentor support. Trainees who are employed in Islington schools (apprentices) can access Islington staff support. Apprentices can also access support through their university.

Contact this training provider

Donegal Street
N1 9QG

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