Norfolk Academies
Primary (3CYS)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Norfolk Teacher Training Centre
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships (PGTA) programme provides an employment-based route leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

To be ready for an apprenticeship, you will have already secured employment/come to an agreement with a school who want to employ you and support you throughout your training year.

The entry requirements for PGTA programmes are exactly the same as all graduate teacher-training routes, but the PGTA is specifically suited to those who already have strong experience working with children in the age range for which they wish to teach.

As part of your programme, you will receive: 80% in the classroom gaining practical experience and skills supported by your school-based mentor. This will involve subject knowledge, lesson observation, team teaching, solo-teaching and learning support 20% of your course time will be spent off-the-job training back at college. This is largely provided by following the same PD programme as our school-direct trainees at College but can include other training based at your school.

After successfully gaining QTS, you will be put forward to complete your End Point Assessment (EPA), in agreement with your employer. The EPA involves a formal observation and professional discussion conducted by an external assessor. This final assessment shows successful completion of your apprenticeship.

Interview process

We are looking for people who can show that they are committed to working with young people and joining the teaching profession. We are particularly interested in talking to people who have a proven track record in working with young learners. Interviews with either take place at your employing school or at City College Norwich. You will be fully briefed on the format.

How school placements work

Individuals applying for this route will have already secured employment with a school who will support you through the majority of your training. NTTC works closely with the individual and their employing school to secure a second placement with another school within our partnership. Our well qualified and motivated mentors are at the heart of our programme and we are a leading provider of Apprenticeships in the region.


Salary is in line with DfE recommendations for the Apprenticeship route in to teaching. Salary dependent on employing School.

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.



You will have achieved a good class in your degree which will be directly related to teaching in the Primary sector. In addition you will have a C or above in English, Mathematics and Science at GCSE.

Personal qualities

Most importantly, you will be able to demonstrate why you want to work with young children and prove your commitment to education.

Other requirements

Most candidates will be able to demonstrate experience working with young people. However, we evaluate each application on a person-by-person basis and we are keen to take all your experience in to account. However, for all Primary Teaching Apprenticeships you will need to have an employer, or come to an agreement with a school who is prepared to employ you from the start of the course.

About the training provider


Working closely with our partner schools across the region, Norfolk Academies and the Attleborough Academy Partnership offers 11 to 19 experience across a broad range of subjects and schools. We provide a tailor-made route in to teaching with our school based programme. Our well qualified and motivated mentors are at the heart of our programmes, offering the opportunity to develop subject knowledge alongside engaging classroom activities.


We offer 2 routes to Primary QTS, Primary Teaching Apprenticeships and Primary School Direct (fee-funded).

About the accredited body

At the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre, we have over 45 schools in our partnership dedicated to your future.

Your school-based experiences will be grounded in a training programme run by experts in adult education and based at City College Norwich. You will be supported by an experienced team of higher education professionals who are at the heart of teaching in Norfolk.

Over the last four years, 100% of our graduates secured their NQT jobs before the end of the programme. We believe that this demonstrates NTTC’s commitment to ensuring that you are well prepared to present yourself at interview.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Working with City College Norwich we are able to work closely with all our learners to ensure that all needs are supported in an atmosphere of inclusivity. If you have any special needs, please talk to us in confidence during your interview and we will ensure that the most appropriate and individualised learning plan is put in place.

Contact details

Attleborough Academy Partnership
9 Norwich Road
NR17 2AJ


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