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Academies Enterprise Trust: South East Biology (B082)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Based in and employed by a secondary school, apprentices will spend much of their time in class, teaching their specialist subject to the 11-16 age range and working with other teachers. They will draw on eQualitas’ distance learning resources for independent study, and attend some training days in central London.

Apprentices have a visiting tutor from eQualitas, who spend a day in school each half term to observe them teaching, provide some training, review their developing evidence and assess their progress so that helpful targets are set for the apprentice’s next steps. Assessment for QTS takes place towards the end of the training programme and QTS is awarded (if the Teachers’ Standards are met).

After 12 months, the apprentice has to pass the end-point assessment which checks whether he or she is maintaining and further developing what was attained in the QTS assessment.

School placements

You will spend the majority of time in your main placement school but will also be required to carry out a 2nd placement at another school or education setting which is usually for a period of 6 weeks.

Your 2nd placement will provide you with an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast different approaches to all aspects of teaching.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • You’ll need to hold a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification, ideally with at least 50% within your teachable subject.

  • You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.

  • You’ll also need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training. Some training providers may require you to complete them before your interview, or ask you to complete them by a certain date as a condition of your offer

Other requirements

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for this placement. This placement will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty.


Your first year will be on an unqualified teacher salary as agreed with your placement school who will be employing you. Your second year when you’re an NQT (newly qualified teacher), you will be paid as an NQT.

The funding for the apprenticeship training is paid for by the employing school so this is not a cost for the trainee teacher.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is the largest academy trust in the country with a national network of over 60 academies across England.

In joining the Trust in your training year you will have the opportunity to make a transformational impact in communities you work within.

Whatever your area of expertise, if you have the right skills and outlook, AET is an excellent place to develop your career.

To make your next move a career-defining opportunity choose to train with us.

Interview process

Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short-listing criteria will be invited to an Interview Day.

The selection process will usually involve:

  • A classroom-based task
  • Time with staff/departments
  • A formal interview
  • A written task

We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview. You will need to also pass a Skills Test for numeracy and literacy prior to commencing your placement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us and the accrediting provider know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact this training provider

Academies Enterprise Trust
3rd Floor, 183 Eversholt Street

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).

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 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021