Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

Our 12 month school-based Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship allows your existing degree holding unqualified teachers or outstanding support staff to grow and thrive and become your staff of the future.

With currently over 20,000 unqualified teachers working every day in classrooms across the country, there is now a way for schools to use targeted funding to support those practitioners to become fully qualified teachers. This in turn meaning an elevation in standards, better outcomes for your pupils and ultimately an opportunity for each member of staff to grow and thrive as individuals and members of staff. Our 12 month school-based Postgradute Teaching Apprenticeship allows your existing degree holding unqualified teachers or outstanding support staff to grow and thrive and become your staff of the future. By utilising your Apprenticeship Levy, and through our Coventry University-delivered course we provide schools and trusts with a sustainable model of retaining and retraining your staff through our Apprenticeship Levy funded PGCE with QTS training year.

With an extensive branch network across the country, a team of university liaison officers as well as our dedicated team of recruitment experts, we are best positioned to help find subject specialist or key stage specific trainees who fit the profile of your school and the programme.

Your trainee experiences the full rigour and pedagogical training you would demand from any university provider whilst working and training practically with maximum contact time in the classroom Monday to Friday, five days a week for 38 weeks of the academic cycle. It fuses practical on-the-job training with helpful 1-1 mentoring and face-to-face tutorials and seminars with university tutors. Following successful completion of the course and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), awarded by the Department for Education (DfE), the Apprentice Teacher will undergo an End Point Assessment. QTS licences teachers to teach in state-maintained schools in England, and is now also expected in the majority of independent schools. Our Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship also carries 60 masters credits as part of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
With termly intakes across the year in both primary and secondary level education, now is the time to get in touch and find out more about how we can help you provide your staff the next step in their career.

What are the benefits of our programme?

Earn while you learn

Unlike a year of a PGCE you will earn a competitive salary and be comfortable in the knowledge that your salary is yours to do what you wish.

Flexible start date

If you have school-based experience already we can provide you access to the next intake. If you are a career changer or graduate, we provide you with valuable school-based experience prior to starting your PGCE with QTS in September, January or April.

Classroom experience

Most of your time will be spent in a classroom where you will gain priceless practical experience; preparing you for your career as a teacher.

First-class training

You will gain first-class teacher training with a leading university. At the end of the programme, you will achieve PGCE with QTS.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, but you do need loads of passion for education and a zest for life! Oh, and as you’ll get a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) then you’ll need a relevant degree too. We will give you all the relevant experience you need to allow you to start off your career on the best possible footing.

The recruitment process is designed to ensure you are the best fit for a school. It will encompass rigorous vetting by us in line with legal requirements and a competency-based interview before you are put forward to a school. The school may also interview you. There will also be a representative from the University Liaison Team who will speak with you too before you commence the programme.

At the end of your first year, you will also be required to attend an interview with the University ITE provider to be accepted on the PGCE course, however, you will have supporting evidence from your host school and ourselves to ensure this process is smooth.

Level 6 Teaching Apprenticeships are funded through your Apprenticeship levy. This is a fund that employers including schools, academy trusts and local authorities contribute to if their wage bill exceeds £3m per annum.

Through these contributions’ employers including schools can use those accrued levy contributions to fund apprenticeships and training provisions for their staff including a university delivered PGCE with QTS course.

For employers that do not currently pay any apprenticeship levy contributions, there is a government supported co-investment programme through which the central government will contribute 95% to the cost of an apprenticeship, meaning this route is one open to all schools.

You can read more about the apprenticeship levy here.

You will be required to work throughout term time in order to qualify for your PGCE. There will also be an expectation to be available for training, which may be outside term time, however, these dates will be given with plenty of notice.

The majority of your work will be in the same school, however, you will be expected to work for up to 6 weeks in a second school (within 50 miles of your host school) as part of your PGCE placement, to expose you to another working environment/year group. It is an absolute condition of acceptance onto this programme that you are able to attend this alternative school placement.

Unfortunately, this position is only available to full-time candidates, due to the time commitment needed to complete all relevant training.

You will be awarded a PGCE with QTS and will be ready to start your career. Hopefully, you will secure a role in your host school, or we can work with you to secure a permanent/temporary position.

Starting salaries range from £25,714 up to £32,157.

Send your CV and covering letter describing your interest in education.

After interviewing you, if you are successful, we will match you to a suitable school. The school will probably want to interview you as well unless a school has recommended you to us.

We will also perform our statutory checks on you, including a DBS and references. Once this has been done, we will arrange a start date for you and enrol you as an associate student at the university.

Step 1 of 3

Start your teaching career & get paid to qualify

Complete the short application form
Do you have or are you currently studying for a university degree?(Required)
Do you have a C or above in English and Maths GCSE or equivalent?(Required)
Do you have a C or above in a science or GCSE equivalent?(Required)

PGCE with QTS (Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status)

2021/22 Entry
Study options1 year full time
2 years part time
LocationIn schools
StartingJanuary 2022
April 2022

PGCE with QTS is an Initial Teacher Training course, which certifies trainees to teach in state-maintained schools in England.

Applicants for the course can also teach in independent schools. The course is offered at Primary level (5-11 and 7-11 age ranges) and across a range of subjects at Secondary level (11-16, 11-18 age ranges). The course is also offered for the 14-19 age range in subjects, which are usually only taught in Key Stages 4 & 5.

We believe that initial teacher training is best done in schools, supported by first-rate teachers and underpinned by the quality and standards expected from a university.

Our distinct course enables you to be based in a school for its duration, whilst following a university-led course, which has been designed and is delivered by experts in teacher training.

A significant number of schools across the country can work with us, and so it is likely that you may be able to train to teach in a location to suit you.

Your own Personal University Tutor will work closely with you and your in-school mentor, to ensure you receive all the support you need to become a confident and highly-skilled teacher.

Whilst in school, you will put into practice straightaway the learning from our course, which is delivered through online teaching, materials, webinars and live tutorials. You will be part of a cohort of fellow trainee teachers, with whom you will share experiences and learning online each week and in termly educational conferences.