About the course
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. In some cases, this may be a school you’re already working at, or have an existing relationship with.
As Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are new, there are currently only a limited number of vacancies. Each training provider will have a set plan for when they’re opening theirs, so keep a look out.
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).
Check with your training provider to find out if the apprenticeship also includes a PGCE and master's level credits. Where this is an option, there may be an additional cost required for completion of the PGCE.
Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll be employed directly by the school. Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes:
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
How school placements work
Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll be employed directly by the school.
-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
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.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes:
You'll need to hold a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
If you intend to train to teach pupils aged three to 11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination.
About the training provider
The Brighton & Hove School Direct Partnership is a large alliance of schools from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area. As a partnership Hove Park School is the Lead School in an alliance of 27 different schools from across the City and beyond, and we are committed to initial teacher training, we feel that training with us is a highly rewarding and innovative experience that will provide you with an excellent training ground in your first steps to becoming an outstanding practitioner.
•The Primary, secondary schools and Sixth form Colleges in our alliance have had consistently good and outstanding OFSTED grading for their teaching and learning in recent years.
•Our schools are very experienced in both university and school based teacher training routes, and mentors and coaches are well trained to support you through your training year. We also have a network of very supportive and experienced professional tutors and in-school mentors that will stretch and challenge you, so that you become the best practitioner that you can over the year.
• The diversity within the partnership enables you as a trainees to engage with a wide variety of teaching methods and styles of learning.
•Each year we have a large selection of trainees in our schools, including PGCE, so you will not be alone but will benefit from the peer to peer support that is so important when learning new skills.
About the accredited body
The University of Brighton offer both School Direct Tuition and School Direct Salaried programmes in primary and secondary age phases.
You will be mentored by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content.
Training with disabilities and other needs
As a partnership we do our best to cater for all individual needs. Applicants would need to be in contact with the schools directly to see what support they have in place.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
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