Black Pear Trust Alliance
Primary (3B4Y)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University College Birmingham
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.

Course length
Up to 4 terms
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

This Teacher Apprenticeship is mainly school-based, and much of what you will learn takes place on-the-job under the guidance of school mentors and university tutors.

The Teacher Apprenticeship course is a government-funded route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is a Level 6 postgraduate qualification, and the training takes place mainly in one school.

Teacher Apprentices are paid and are responsible for their own class of children. They spend four days each week in school and one day at university.

Candidates for the Teacher Apprenticeship must demonstrate that they are able to achieve QTS by the end of their training programme.

This route is particularly well-suited to Teaching Assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants, current unqualified teachers and capable graduates.

It is important to note that this course currently only qualifies you to teach in England.

At university, you will learn about the decision making processes behind each lesson you deliver, the topics and strategies for engaging children with the curriculum, and the essential knowledge and qualities of an excellent teacher.

The Teachers’ Standards provide the framework for assessment for the Teacher Apprenticeship. These professional standards set out eight key areas in teaching, and three further areas with regard to your personal and professional conduct that you must demonstrate competency in to achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

Assessment activities include gathering a portfolio of evidence for the Teachers’ Standards and lesson observations.

Open mornings are being held at the following locations: Hollymount School, Worcester on Thursday 24th October from 9.30-10.30 am. Please telephone 01905 23159 by midday on Tuesday 22nd October to book a place.

Westlands First School, Droitwich on Tuesday 15th October and Tuesday 26th November from 9.30-10.30am. Please telephone 01905 772740 by midday on Monday 14th October/Monday 25th November to book a place.

Carnforth School, Worcester on Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th November from 10.15-11.15am. Please telephone 01905 758425 by midday on Thursday 24th October to book a place.

Holy Redeemer Primary School, Pershore on Monday 25th November from 9.30-10.30am and 1.30-2.30pm. Please telephone 01386 552518 by midday on Friday 22nd November to book a place.

Interview process

Interviews take place at Hollymount School, Worcester. Head Teachers from alliance schools and a member of staff from UCB attend the interview day which consists of:

Lesson observation (30 min session that you have planned and delivered)

  • Maths task
  • English writing task
  • Formal interview

How school placements work

You will be placed in mainly one school for the duration of your training period and will be employed as a member of staff on a fixed term contract. You will have a short placement in another school during your training year, If starting in March/April, you will spend up to a term working alongside an experienced teacher before taking on responsibility for a class the following September. If starting later in the summer term, you will have reduced time working alongside an experienced teacher before taking on responsibility for the class (in September). If you start the course in September, you will have full responsibility for the class. Due to the nature of the course, it is highly desirable that you have considerable school experience before applying for this course.


Unqualified teacher pay scale. You will not be required to pay fees for this course.

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.



Successful applicants will need to:

be qualified to degree level (UCB accepts at least a 2:2 BA/Sc Hons in a relevant subject area)

have a pass in each of their GSCEs in English, maths and science (Grade C/Grade 4 and above)

have undertaken a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

Personal qualities

  • a genuine passion for teaching
  • a good working knowledge of the national curriculum
  • the ability to critically reflect on lessons
  • excellent classroom management
  • strong and effective communication skills
  • resilience and motivation
  • a commitment to improve outcomes for all children

Other requirements

Candidates for the Teacher Apprenticeship must demonstrate that they are able to achieve QTS by the end of their training programme.

This route is particularly well-suited to Teaching Assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants, current unqualified teachers and capable graduates.

About the training provider

There are five schools within the Black Pear Alliance, located in Worcester, Droitwich, Pershore, Evesham and Kidderminster.

The training you receive here will cover a wide spectrum of teaching strategies enabling you as a teacher to address many different needs. We provide students with a comprehensive package which is tailored to their individual need. We do this through layered CPD: whole group sessions, smaller focus groups and individually tailored coaching/mentoring.

Within our alliance we have a spectrum of schools including faith schools, first , nursery and primary schools which are situated in different types of areas. Two schools are in SOA which ensures that all students meet a wide variety of pupils.

We are a lead AfA school and Sonia Blandford noted our strong practice in working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition we have experienced mentors to support you on your journey to become a teachers and several Specialist Leaders in Education working within the alliance.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At Hollymount School, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background, in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Support is given to students, when needed, with both academic and pastoral needs. We signpost students to specialist services if required and work closely with our partner universities to support students.

Contact details

Black Pear Trust Alliance
Hollymount School
Hollymount Road


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