Redwell Primary School Primary (JK98)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
London Metropolitan University
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Please note that Redwell Primary is the Lead School and NOT the placement school which will be your own school.

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised, work-based route into teaching; an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering participants a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while they learn. Our apprentices achieve very highly: in it’s first year of running, our trainees were all graded Outstanding in their teaching practice and almost all gained distinctions in the academic work. All have continued in employment in local schools. This exciting and challenging route is the perfect preparation for your teaching career.

Training will be mostly in your own school and you will undertake another placement in a contrasting setting and key stage, giving you a variety of hands-on experience. You will have 20% guaranteed off-the-job training, split between ‘university’ days and school-based training tasks.

This is a Level 6 (degree level) course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our apprentices also undertake a Level 7 (Master’s Level) PGCE. This structure gives you room to develop your classroom practice and to examine the underlying principles and values around education. This course has two modules designed to help you develop an understanding of your future role as a primary school teacher:

  • The Curriculum Studies module introduces you to the issues of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You’ll address the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum and learn how to teach core subjects including English, Mathematics and Science.

  • The Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) module gives you an understanding of the broader contexts and a framework for meeting the needs of all the children you’ll teach, linking to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),

You will be supported by your school-based mentor and university tutors. The latter will also lead your university sessions, ensuring there is continuity of support throughout your training. By working in both environments, you will reflect on the links between your own teaching theory and practice.

LMU training is highly rated by Ofsted, who praised the ‘inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support apprentices receive, which enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.’ (Ofsted 2016)

School placements

Apprentices will work with a variety of year groups ranging from Reception to Year 6 during the programme.

The majority placement will be within the apprentice’s own school with a 6 week element at another school in an alternative key stage (10 weeks for SEN Schools).

  • Schools are required to provide 20% non teaching time to include PPA and professional development.

  • 20 face to face sessions with a university quality assured trainer will be held at 5 Wells Development Centre, usually on alternate Thursdays.

  • Schools will be required to provide a mentor to support the apprentice for the duration of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring apprentices. As a teacher you will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your work and your specialism. You will have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people’s lives and futures. Ideally, you:

  • are able to express why you want to teach.
  • have visited a local school in order to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised.
  • have participated on the School Experience Programme.
  • can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement.

Other requirements

Interviews will include a series of tasks assessing your ability and appropriateness for the course, including a presentation to other applicants, an individual interview and a series of online and hand-written tasks. Apprentices are subject to enhanced DBS checks and required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.

If you receive an offer, you will need to produce originals of documents, qualification certificates etc. before you are enrol on the course. If you do not have original certificates, you should apply immediately for replacements. This is a time-consuming process and could prevent you from joining the programme.


Apprentices are employed on the Unqualified Teacher Scale, which is fixed according to where you live: Inner London, Outer London, London Fringe or National. The cost of training is met through the Apprenticeship Levy, leaving you with nothing to pay.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

5 Wells work collaboratively with schools enabling us to offer a broad variety of experience to our Apprentices.

High quality, value for money whole school training is at the core of our offer.

Interview process

Potential applicants are required to be employed as a full-time unqualified teacher (UQT) in their own school and paid according to the UQT scale at point 1 or higher. You may already be employed in the school in which you will train, or you may join the school deliberately because it is part of the Teacher Apprentice Scheme.

Once your application is received, we will confirm with your school that they are able to sponsor your journey.

All applications are handled by LMU. Once received, your application will be checked and assessed to confirm your suitability.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

Once you’re interviewed we will normally confirm the decision within one week. If you’re offered a place we will additionally email you to confirm how to meet any conditions of your offer.

If you’re unsuccessful at any stage the decision will be communicated to you. We do try to indicate the reason that we have not been able to you offer a place.

If you have any queries relating to your application you should contact the Admissions Office at London Metropolitan University.

Applications close - July 2022.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to be inclusive in our practice and welcome applications from everyone. We can offer support both at interview stage and once students have enrolled. London Metropolitan University has a dedicated service to support students with disabilities, long-term medical or mental health conditions or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia.

Contact this training provider

01933 400549
Redwell Primary School
Barnwell Road

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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