Forest Way Teaching School Alliance
Psychology (3XYQ)

PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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

Course length
4 Terms
Date you can apply from
23 May 2019
Date course starts
August 2019

About the course

The Level 6 Teacher with QTS Apprenticeship Programme is an employment-based route into teaching. It is for people with a degree who receive a salary while training. The apprenticeship is usually12 months in duration (12 months min. length). The University of Derby is the main provider.

The Programme consists of 80% on the job training and 20% off the job training. On the job training consists of the apprentice being in a substantive role as an unqualified teacher working 4 days per week, delivering a subject specialism or teaching a specific age phase. Off the job training consists of activities which will usually take place one day per week. The off the job training has three specific strands:

• Professional Studies – covering aspects which relate to developing professional practice in the classroom. EG, how to plan learning experiences for pupils, assessment of pupils, behaviour management, statutory responsibilities (safeguarding).

• Academic Studies – this covers aspects which have been designed to complement professional studies/practice and to develop thinking teachers who make informed decisions in their classrooms.

• Subject specialist/age phase knowledge and pedagogy – personalised to the subject or age phase to help them develop their professional skills. EG, attending subject specialist training, observing experienced practitioners, supported marking and work scrutiny.

As part of the 80% on the job training, apprentices must teach in two different school settings to ensure compliance with statutory ITT criteria On completion, the individual will be confirmed to be a competent and qualified teacher, having already achieved QTS and entered the teaching profession. Having completed a programme of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and obtained QTS, at the start of their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year the apprentice will complete the end-point assessment. Once the gateway has been reached, the end-point assessment must be completed within three months.

The independent end-point assessment comprises of:

• A lesson observation observed, and assessed, by an independent assessor.

• A professional discussion, which will assess the apprentices’ knowledge, skills and behaviours with regard to the Teachers’ Standards.

The ability to address complex issues and develop critical thinking skills are important dimensions to ITE and the off the job modules have been designed to promote professional academic study in parallel with the professional experiences gained from working as an unqualified teacher. The programme will reward the successful completion of academic studies with a level 6 University Advanced Diploma in Teaching.

Interview process

Employing school with provide details.

How school placements work

Employing school will provide details.


Upper end of unqualified teacher pay scale.

Financial support

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.



A degree

Maths & English GCSE grade C/4 or above

Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests

About the training provider

Training with FWTSA

Forest Way Teaching School Alliance is based in the North West Leicestershire area and our accredited providers are University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University. We are now in our seventh year of delivering both Primary and Secondary School Direct PGCE.

Your placement will be at one of our Alliance schools. With 40+ primary, 6 secondary and 3 special schools, there is a huge array of expertise on hand which gives trainees a great breadth of opportunity.

Our teacher training is led by Programme Managers and a team of experienced practitioners offering a wealth of educational skills and knowledge, and are dedicated to the professional development of outstanding teachers. Working with our partners we have developed a programme which incorporates hands on work at schools, regular time at university and, where appropriate, practical, locally based training by skilled and experienced practitioners ‘doing the job’.

Our Alliance is progressive and proactive with a major focus on career development – from Initial Teacher Training, NQT Induction and training, right though to headship.

Training at FWTSA Hub takes place in our local training suite. Primary and Secondary students will undertake some joint training and will have the opportunity to network. For details of student facilities at our partner universities please see their individual websites.

For more information please see our website or contact our Programme Managers

  • Primary – Heidi Malliff, Email:
  • Secondary – Sheila Dennis, Email:

About the accredited body

University of Derby have been involved with teacher training for over 150 years and have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers.

One of the major ITT providers in the East Midlands, t

hey work collaboratively with School Direct partner schools who are committed to providing trainees with a high-quality, challenging and exciting training experience.

In their 2015 Ofsted inspection, inspectors said their students show excellent professional conduct and are highly regarded in the schools in which they train.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Forest Way Teaching School Alliance and our accrediting providers, University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University, are committed to Equal Opportunities for all trainees, and support is available for candidates who require it. Please make clear any support you may require.

Contact details

Forest Way Teaching School Alliance
Warren Hills Road
LE67 4UU


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