Wensum Junior Partnership Primary (E133)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Norfolk Teacher Training Centre
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 overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
15 Months/ 4 School Terms - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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. This maybe with a school with whom you are already employed in a similar or different role.

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.

Please note that this is not an advertisement for a vacancy.

School placements

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 complimentary placement with another school within our partnership. This complimentary placement takes place for half a term at a suitable point in the course. This placement will be in a consecutive key stage to your age group which you are based in with your employer.

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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

For apprentices missing either or all the required GCSE’s you will be required to take equivalency. We will advise you further on this at the interview stage.

Personal qualities

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

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. We will check your application against the Children’s Barred list and require a full DBS check from the school you are working in.

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.


As an Apprentice Teacher, you will be paid a salary by your employing school, the guidance states that this should be inline with point 1 of the unqualified teachers scale.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Wensum Junior School works in partnership with the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre (NTTC), who provide all the training courses, based at City College Norwich.

Working closely with our partner schools across the region, NTTC offers age 3 to 11 & 11to 18 experience across a broad range of schools.

NTTC provide a tailor-made route into teaching with our school based programme. The professional development programme follows a curriculum which links cohesively with the new ECF, preparing trainees for the start of their career. Our well qualified mentors are at the heart of our programmes, offering the opportunity to develop curriculum knowledge alongside engaging classroom activities.

Wensum Junior School offers its wide range of specialisms within Primary to contribute to the training programme and supporting trainees, completing the School Direct programmes, on placements.

We offer 4 routes to QTS, Primary Teaching Apprenticeships, Primary with Mathematics Apprenticeship, Primary with Mathematics School Direct (fee-funded) and Primary School Direct (fee-funded).

We also offer Secondary Apprenticeship courses for those wishing to study for QTS through the Teacher Apprenticeship and already have an employer.

About the accredited body

Our core values: Inclusivity  An unwavering belief in all trainee’s potential  A passion for excellence  Personal responsibility/commitment/integrity  Trust and Respect for others  All stakeholders are critical to the process 

Working with our partnership schools you will gain the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to ensure you become a confident member of the teaching profession and have a positive impact on the life chances of the children you teach.

Interview process

We are looking for people who can show that they are resilient and committed to both 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 will either take place at your employing school or at City College Norwich within Covid19 guidelines. You will be fully briefed on the format. If we are unable to do face-to-face interviews they will be held online. You will be asked to carry out a 10-minute activity and then answer formal questions to enable us to judge that you are suited to the course. The process usually takes an hour.

If we haven’t previously worked with your employing school, we will also hold a Partnership meeting to brief them on the commitments and responsibilities for supporting you through this course.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

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 this training provider

01603 773708
Norfolk Teacher Training Centre
City College Norwich, Ipswich Road

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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