Kernow Teaching School Alliance KTSA
Primary Teacher Apprenticeship (3F79)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
4 December 2018
Date course starts
July 2019

About the course

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are available for prospective primary and secondary school teachers in England. Apprentices Teachers can be employed in a variety of settings (for example academy schools, maintained schools) and across England. This programme offers a combination of classroom teaching, practical learning and a salary.

Assessment takes the form of assessed practical teaching against the Teachers' Standards and reflective assignments set by your HEI link partner.

You will be working towards the apprenticeship standard which sets out the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours required of the teaching apprentice and Qualified teacher status. Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes combine paid work with on and off-the-job training. 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. Successful completion of the programme requires passes in practical teaching and the end point assessment for the apprentice award; the marking criteria for both scales are against a comprehensive range of criteria explicitly linked to the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. (QTS).

Interview process

The Kernow Teaching School Alliance will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. Its partner schools will be hosting subject based interviews on behalf of the Alliance. If you are invited for interview you will receive full details of what will be expected of you in a letter of invitation. You will experience a programme which will include a formal interview, a short teaching sequence, literacy & numeracy tests.

The best preparation for interview is a visit to a school or schools. Talk to teachers and students, try to evaluate what is being learned and how the teachers encourage the learning to take place. You will be expected to discuss these observations in your formal interview; where we will be looking for your ability to analyse your experience and show a deeper understanding of the learning process.

How school placements work

If you are successful in being offered a Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship with the Kernow Teaching School Alliance, you will be employed by a school offering the apprentice route and a training plan will be developed in July to plan your training needs .In the first 2 months of the programme an apprentice will be enrolled on a module ‘Embarking on a teaching career’, this is an opportunity to be immersed in school life getting familiar with school policies and procedures and carrying out a range of training as their ‘Off the job’ training, during this time a detailed training plan will be established between the employing school and Plymouth Marjon University to start in September. Over the course of the next academic year they will work towards Qualified Teacher Status, compiling a portfolio of evidence throughout their initial teacher training. Regular review points will track the trainees’ progress and a dedicated mentor in the school will support the trainees in developing relevant targets against their training plan. In July the following year the trainees will complete their QTS assessment at the same time as the ‘end point assessment’ for the apprenticeship scheme.


No Fee this is a salaried route into teaching - paid at unqualified teacher statutes

You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

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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.



Applicants must have a degree normally at 2:2 or above and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above, in addition science is required for primary phase

The Numeracy and Literacy Skills Test will need to be taken as part of the application process and you must have passed them both before the start of the course.

Pass a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as a 'Trainee School Teacher' and meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental 'Fitness to Teach'.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. You are looking to enter an exciting and demanding career and you will need to be resilient, honest and brave.

Your commitment should be demonstrated by meaningful, recent experience of working with young people of this age. For example, you may have been involved with some experience in schools through visits you have organised.

Other requirements

We expect applicants to come from a wide range of backgrounds and, therefore with a wide range of skills. This is a strength of the programme as it allows us to use your differences to learn with and from one another.

All applicants will be subject to suitability checks. This includes a full enhanced disclosure and barring check for child and adult workforce, as well as clearance by your HEI Link Occupational Health department.

About the training provider

The KTSA brings together outstanding educational providers, from Nursery to Post 16 and Higher Education.

Based in Cornwall we have secondary, primary, special & alternative Provision, ITT partners. Whilst the School Direct (SD) programme is demanding there will be time to enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer.

We are led by Outstanding schools, Leaders and Teachers we are fortunate to be able to draw on this expertise to give you access to high quality training and support.

Our unique offer

  • 1yr ITT School Direct PGCE (non salaried) Secondary and Primary
  • an option to teach in a special school or APA/PRU, this is an additional privilege.

Pupils with additional needs require the most talented and committed people to get the best out of them, this is where you come in. we need you to be :

*passionate about teaching

*wanting to make a real difference

  • A will to succeed when presented with the most vulnerable, challenging and ultimately rewarding pupils

*self-motivated and enthusiastic, resilient, compassionate and inspirational,

*On completing our School Direct programme you will gain credits towards your Masters degree. (which you can continue with the KTSA in your NQT year).

  • experienced schools delivering ITT who have a passion for supporting new entrants into the profession.
  • a friendly, supportive organisation

*100% pass & employment rates.

You will be part of an alliance that supports schools, trains future leaders and engages in research, opening further opportunities to widen our ITT School Direct student experience

About the accredited body

Marjon have been involved in School Direct partnerships for many years and have 96% satisfaction on Postgraduate teacher training vs 81% sector average (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2016).

Our education graduates earn more than any other education graduates in the South West and Wales (LEO data, DfE, 2017).

We have been training teachers for 180 years. We understand education.

Our expertise covers many specialisms of education including childhood development, early years, literacy and wellbeing.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to support all applicants whatever their disability to access our ITT training programmes, our HEI partners support us in doing this. Each of our HEI partners have support arrangements for students with disabilities details of which can be found on their websites. Potential applicants are welcome to contact us to discuss the support available.

The University of Exeter

Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services

The University of St Mark & St John

DIAS - Disability & Inclusion Advice Service provides appropriate information, advice, guidance and support relating to inclusion issues including a wide range of disabilities, medical and mental health conditions and formally diagnosed specific learning difficulties (SPLD's) such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

All Marjon students who are eligible can apply for appropriate support from DIAS

Pre-entry information, advice and guidance

For eligible students, guidance in applying for DSA's (Disabled Students Allowances)

Appropriate liaison with Academic Departments relating to on course support

Wider liaison where appropriate with other areas of Marjon

We offer:

A confidential service

Appointments to meet individual support needs

Arrangement of one to one support where funding permits specialist study tuition (for students with SpLDs and/or other communication disorders), non-medical assistance and specialist mentoring.

Disability & Inclusion Advice Service

Contact details

01637 857957
Atlantic Centre
Trenance Leisure Park


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