Angel Islington Teaching School Alliance
Physics (3B2Z)

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

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.

Apprentices will be working in schools teaching classes for 4 days a week. One day per fortnight will be training at London Metropolitan University. The university course is common across all subjects. One day per fortnight will be subject specific training within our alliance.

Applicants should be from candidates currently working as unqualified teachers or as cover supervisors / teaching assistants in their school where the Headteacher is supporting this step up into teaching.

This is an ideal opportunity for anyone already working in a school in a support role to progress their career by a move into teaching.

Trainees have a timetable of classes and will be responsible for teaching classes from day one in September. The loading will be that of a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) which is 10% lower than that of main scale teachers.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School

Interview process

Candidates will be interviewed and appointed as an unqualified teacher (From September 2020) before applying for the course. Interviews are then held at London Metropolitan University.

How school placements work

Apprentices work mainly in the school where they are employed. Apprentices are required to complete a second placement. The second placement is a minimum of 6 weeks. Whilst we support employing schools in securing second placements for apprentices, we cannot guarantee placements. 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.


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.

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.



Applicants should have an honours degree 2:2 or better, with 50% of the content in the subject to be taught. Candidates should also have GCSE English and Maths at C/4+. We will consider exceptional candidates with a 3rd class degree in some cases. We can support candidates with SKE (subject knowledge enhancement) courses if their degree drops below the 50% subject threshold. Applicants who are employed as an unqualified teacher must have the support of their Headteacher.

Personal qualities

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. It is an advantage if candidates have had experience working with young people.

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.

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.

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 details

Donegal Street
N1 9QG


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