Ripley ITT Design and technology (S019)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
July 2023


Course summary

For the apprenticeship programme you must already be employed within a school that can support your apprenticeship placement. Our apprenticeship curriculum begins early in July and involves teaching practice in school each week from Monday to Thursday, with Friday as a training day. Training will be hosted and delivered by experienced ITT specialists, subject experts and classroom practitioners who currently teach in our partner schools.

In addition, there will be subject pedagogy days during the year where apprentices will focus on teaching Design and Technology specifically. Learning together really helps you develop your subject knowledge.

You will audit your subject knowledge for the topics you will need to teach at KS3 and 4. Lead Subject Mentors will guide you towards great resources for this and you will be encouraged to join a professional subject association. A shared drive enables you to share resources with each other and school mentors.

Our programme documentation has been described by Ofsted: “Documentation is very well designed and contributes significantly to trainees’ success on the course”

Assessment of apprentices for QTS is based on all of the following:

  • Regular observations of practice with development discussion and action steps
  • Progress towards meeting the expectations of the curriculum
  • A final assessment against the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the programme.

We have been highly praised by Ofsted for our approach to workload, keeping our requirements concise yet effective.

School placements

You will complete your main placement in your employing school, starting in September. You will build up your teaching timetable quickly with PPA time built into this. You will carry out a second school placement, which will be for three consecutive weeks starting in January, alongside some Fridays throughout the year. The second placement school will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development.

Placements are selected for you on the basis of high quality mentoring, strong subject departments, contrasting schools and reasonable commuting distance. We work with approximately 30 schools in Lancashire and Cumbria.

In both school settings you will teach the 11-16 age range in your subject. There may also be opportunities to spend some time in other partner schools and settings as training needs arise. There will normally be additional opportunities to experience primary education and sixth form education on the apprenticeship programme.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in design and technology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

There are specific GCSE equivalency tests in English and mathematics that we can accept for the apprenticeship. You will need to check with Ripley ITT for eligibility.


You will be paid by your school on the unqualified teacher pay scale at a minimum of UQ1.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Ripley ITT SCITT is an Outstanding provider of ITT (Ofsted 2017) based in the historic city of Lancaster, a beautiful location close to Morecambe Bay and the South Lakes. We have a long history of initial teacher training at the lead school, Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, and a very committed partnership of schools.

Our highly innovative curriculum is designed and delivered by initial teacher training experts in order to train the type of teachers that schools want to employ. Our vision is to develop outstanding teaching and learning ensuring that each teacher that we train can provide the very best holistic education for pupils. Our trainees are highly valued and well supported at all stages of their training by specialist practitioners and outstanding mentors.

Ofsted have graded our programme Outstanding in every category:

“The highly integrated structure and content of the programme produces confident teachers who are very well equipped to contribute immediately to their employing schools”

“The pastoral care of trainees is exemplary. The personalised support that they receive has a significant impact on the outstanding progress that they make. This high-quality support continues throughout their NQT year”

Many of our trainees go on to work in our partner schools where they make excellent progress, often with rapid promotion into leadership roles.

Interview process

Interviews take place in your employing school and involve a teaching activity, presentation and written tasks. You will be asked to prepare a lesson plan beforehand and we will ask you about your ideas in the interview.

We are looking for the potential to be an excellent apprentice, someone who is ready to start teaching in a school setting from September.

The admissions team are Safer Recruitment trained and we are committed to safeguarding children

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

Ripley ITT SCITT is committed to equality of opportunity and meeting the needs of all trainees on the programme. Our programme operates in line with the legislation applicable to the DfE ITT Criteria.

People with disabilities are offered facilities at interviews to enable them to demonstrate their suitability for the programme. People who are or become disabled while on the programme are given positive help to enable them to continue their training. Additional resources are made available and funded by Ripley ITT SCITT in providing such support. Venues and resources for training take account of the needs of all participants. Wellbeing is an important part of our programme for all trainees and our curriculum addresses mental health, resilience, workload and individual needs. Personal support for trainees is Outstanding (Ofsted 2017)

Contact this training provider

01524 64496
Ashton 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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