Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes are a nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching. It is an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while you learn.
Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are available for prospective primary and secondary school teachers in England.
You’ll be employed by a school while you learn on the job.
If you’re currently working as an unqualified teacher or teaching assistant, it offers new opportunities for career progression, plus higher earning capacity, recognition, and status.
You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching and off-the-job training as you to work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes combine paid work with on and off-the-job training. The design of the programme has been led by a group of experienced schools and teachers, specifically for apprentices
apprentices will split their time between school and university study. You’ll receive practical, school-led training alongside experienced staff, and spend at least 20% of your time off-timetable to learn the pedagogy of teaching
in addition to working towards QTS on successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) after the summer to consolidate learning from initial teacher training
On the Apprenticeship salaried route, you have applied to train at and be employed by a specific school and, following interview, will have been offered and accepted a place at that school.
You will start at your school in early September and will have a few days of induction to settle you in. You’ll stay at this school until February half term and will be on site most of the week; on some weeks you may have additional training blocks at university. You’ll be very much part of the school and the more you join in, the more you’ll get out.
After February half term, you will move to another school for your short second placement which lasts for most of the second half of the spring term. This second placement is sorted by the Lead school late in the Christmas term and under the directive given by the ITT criteria, must provide a contrasting experience to your host school. As with all second placements, you must expect up to 40 minutes travel.
If you have a child in a school in the partnership, you wouldn’t be placed there, so please make this known early on.
You will return to your host school for the last week of the Spring term and the whole of the summer term when your training year will finish. You would expect to be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) towards the mid/end of June.
You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes:
A degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
A standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
As teaching involves working with children on a daily basis, there are also some non-academic requirements you’ll need to meet.
Your pay will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale, your relevant experience will determine your starting point on this scale. It will be in the region of £17,000.
The course fees will be paid for by your school.
Note that the bursaries available for shortage subjects make the tuition route an equally viable option for some.
With Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes, you won’t need to pay any tuition fees. You’ll be employed by a school, and salaries will differ between employers. Please check with your chosen training providers before you apply.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Do you aspire to be an outstanding teacher? Do you want the opportunity to train alongside exceptional teachers in successful and innovative schools?
The Oriel High School ITT Partnership is seeking to appoint highly motivated and qualified graduates with a passion for their subject, who are committed to training to teach in the classroom through the school based training route, School Direct.
School Direct training places are available in the following partner schools
Oriel High School
The Forest School
The Holy Trinity Church of England School
Ifield Community College
Oathall Community College
Our programmes offer:
The chance to train alongside, and work in partnership with experienced and innovative current practitioners.
A dedicated school based mentor who, alongside other teachers based in your chosen school and tutors at the University of Brighton, will provide targeted feedback and guidance throughout the programme.
The opportunity to train with like-minded individuals who demonstrate the same enthusiasm and motivation for teaching and can provide peer support and professional dialogue.
Both subject specific training and wider school professional development as part of the School Direct Professional studies programme. This programme combines school based learning with training delivered by the University of Brighton.
The opportunity at the end of the programme for successful students to continue their professional journey within the best schools in West Sussex.
About the accredited body
University of Brighton:
The University of Brighton is one of the UK’s largest providers of education and teacher training. It has a long-established reputation for high quality courses and has been educating teachers and other professionals for over 100 years. The University of Brighton ITE Partnership was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018 for early years, primary and secondary initial teacher training.
If you have applied for a Teaching Apprenticsehip place with us, you need to expect two interview stages - the first with the university, the second with the school offering the place.
The university interview will be with staff from the School of Education and the department of your subject. They will also want to check your documentation to ensure you are eligible and compliant, so it’s worth looking for the originals of GCSE, degree and marriage certificates before that interview. If you haven’t got them, or haven’t yet finished your degree, you will be given time to order copies and showing then to the university will become part of any conditional offer you might be made. Copies can take up to six weeks and there is a charge, so factor that in to your planning. If successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview which will take two to three hours. You will be expected to:
teach a short part of a lesson on a specific topic; you’ll be given information as to the numbers in the group, their ability and the point they are at in that topic.
give a short presentation to the interview panel – this is likely to consist of senior subject and leadership staff, possibly the Headteacher
complete a written task
If you are unsuccessful at the university stage, it is unlikely that the school will proceed any further with your application.