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University of Brighton Academies Trust School Direct Programme Primary (E166)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Brighton
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programme you will be awarded the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship Standard that will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Brighton.

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is open to existing employees of the University of Brighton Academies Trust and is designed for experienced professionals and graduates aspiring to become a teaching professional. Typical entry roles include a Teaching Assistant or Cover Supervisor.

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship blends workplace learning with part-time university study. You will be based in one of our secondary academies for the duration of the year long apprenticeship, and 80 per cent of your time will be spent engaging in on-the-job school-based training. The remaining 20 per cent will be spent studying through a mix of web-based, face-to-face and independent learning, covering:

  • Subject Knowledge Inputs
  • Professional Practice Development
  • Contemporary Issues In Education
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Professional Knowledge Enquiry

The Primary Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programme is offered in all of the Trust’s infant and primary academies.

In your academy you’ll have a mentor who will meet with you every week to look at where you’re making progress and to set personalised targets for your development.

You will receive a thorough induction programme which includes shadowing pupils in order to give you the best preparation for you to begin your teaching journey. Following your induction you will work alongside teachers, often team teaching, in order to get to know your pupils and the subject matter well enough to then take over the classes fully.

By training with the University of Brighton Academies Trust you’ll also benefit from networking opportunities with trainees based at our other academies, and when your training is complete our continuing professional development (CPD) programme will help you to enhance your skills as your teaching career develops.

School placements

The majority of your school experience will be in your host academy, where you will receive on the job training.

You will be teaching pupils aged 5 to 11.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Blackthorns Community Primary Academy
3 Blackthorns Close, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2UA
Churchwood Primary Academy
Church in the Wood Lane, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 9PB
Desmond Anderson Primary Academy
Anderson Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 5EA
Dudley Infant Academy
Harold Road, Hastings, TN35 5NJ
Hollington Primary Academy
Hollington Old Lane, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 9DS
Holmbush Primary Academy
Hawkins Crescent, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, BN43 6TN
Lindfield Primary Academy
School Lane, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2DX
Main Site
Edinburgh Campus,, Edinburgh Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN38 8HH
Pound Hill Infant Academy
Crawley Lane, Pound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 7EB
Robsack Wood Primary Academy
Whatlington Way, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 9TE
Silverdale Primary Academy
Perth Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7EA
The Baird Primary Academy
Parker Road, Hastings, TN34 3TH
West St Leonards Primary Academy
Harley Shute Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 8BX

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification

GCSE minimum grade C or grade 4 in English language, mathematics and science. In-house equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates.

Personal qualities

You will need a realistic awareness of the teaching profession with the capacity to thrive in a demanding and fast moving environment.

While experience in a school is not a condition of entry for initial teacher education courses we recommend that you take up opportunities to gain a realistic understanding of whether teaching is right for you. We may be able to provide you with this opportunity before you decide to apply; alternatively, the Get Into Teaching School Experience Programme offers opportunities across the country to book a day’s worth of experience.

Other requirements

All offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check.


You will be paid on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the duration of your Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is a network of 15 academies in Sussex all supporting each other – and our pupils – to excel.

We believe that education transforms lives. Enriched by the University of Brighton’s contribution, we want to ensure that our 7,500 pupils are inspired to meet their potential and develop a passion for life-long learning.

School Direct is a year-long postgraduate teacher training programme. Trainees spend more time in the classroom, putting theory into practice and gaining confidence-boosting experience.

Based in one of our academies in Sussex you’ll benefit from a tailored training programme, with personalised support from highly experienced teachers and tutors. You’ll also attend training sessions at the University of Brighton, rated by Ofsted as an outstanding provider of initial teacher training.

We hope that once your training is complete, you’ll decide to continue your teaching career with us. With three large secondary schools, primaries with a range of specialisms from a forest school to expanding infant provision, we’re confident that there will be an opportunity to suit you and your career aspirations.

About the accredited body

The University of Brighton is one of the UK’s largest providers of education and teacher training with a long-established reputation for high quality courses. Its work in the initial teacher education provision has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

The University’s School of Education has been educating teachers and other professionals for over 100 years and has a permanent teaching and research team of more than 90 experts.

As one of the leading initial teacher training providers in the country, its strength lies with our school-led partnership, one that works to ensure trainee teachers receive the best possible support and education.

Interview process

Once we’ve assessed your application, we’ll let you know whether you’ve been selected to attend an interview in person at the University of Brighton’s Falmer campus.

The interview will include a number of structured activities aimed at allowing you to show your potential.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our academies are highly inclusive, and we welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. We are a Disability Confident Committed employer.

Almost all of our academies are fully accessible.

Contact this training provider

01273 082005
Multi Academy Trust Office, University of Brighton
Checkland Building Room A304
Falmer, Brighton
East Sussex

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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