Chemistry with Angel Islington Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: London Metropolitan University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time teaching apprenticeship
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
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This is a graduate teaching apprenticeship. Apprentices will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher and apply to us to train. Successful apprentices will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and their apprenticeship.

Apprentices will be working in schools teaching classes for 4 days a week. One day per fortnight will be training at London Metropolitan University. The university course is common across all subjects. One day per fortnight will be subject specific training within our alliance.

Exceptional candidates may apply to us directly and we will consider offering places on apprenticeship courses, subject to finding an unqualified post. We will support this job search and actively find posts for suitable candidates where possible.

This is an ideal opportunity for anyone already working in a school in a support role to progress their career by a move into teaching. It is also a route into teaching for career changers, recent graduates or those due to graduate in 2019.

Trainees have a timetable of classes and will be responsible for teaching classes from day one in September. The loading will be that of a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) which is 10% lower than that of main scale teachers.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School

Interview process

Applicants will be interviewed at one of our partner schools. Successful applicants will then be recommended to London Metropolitan University for a second interview.

At the school interview candidates will be asked to deliver a lesson to a class on a topic provided in advance and will be observed as they teach. We will be looking for potential to be a teacher during this process.

Candidates will also get a school tour and be given the opportunity to ask questions of students and school staff.

How school placements work

Apprentices work mainly in the school where they are employed. Apprentices are required to complete a second placement in one of our partner schools. The second placement is a minimum of 6 weeks. Most of our partner schools are 11-16.

Apprentices will have a school based mentor and a work plan that is devised with their university tutor.

There will be tasks to complete in school to support their off the job training.


Apprentices are paid as unqualified teachers by the employing school.

Fees are £9,250 and are paid by the employer. Employers may be able to reclaim fees from the apprenticeship levy pot.

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 should have an honours degree 2:2 or better, with 50% of the content in the subject to be taught.

Candidates should also have GCSE English and Maths at C/4+.

We will consider exceptional candidates with a 3rd class degree in some cases. We can support candidates with SKE (subject knowledge enhancement) courses if their degree drops below the 50% subject threshold.

Applicants who are employed as an unqualified teacher must have the support of their Headteacher.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about improving the life chances of young people, who want to be part of building the future and who see education as a process that goes beyond subject leading, to developing the whole child.

Candidates need to be resilient; able to work as part of a team and find creative solutions. Teaching is hard work but is very rewarding and you will never be bored.

It is an advantage if candidates have had experience working with young people.

Other requirements

All candidates will need to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests and trainees are subject to enhanced DBS checks.

Candidates will complete a self declaration on their suitability for teaching.

About the training provider

Angel Islington Teaching School Alliance is lead by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School which is an outstanding inner city 11-16 girls community school. We have been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted since 2005 and our progress 8 scores are significantly positive.

As an alliance, we are committed to supporting the well-being of staff and students.

Everything we do is based on our core belief that every student can achieve in whatever field they chose, regardless of their starting point or background.

Train with us and make a difference to the lives of young people, many of whom are disadvantaged. You will be part of a peer group of trainees across our alliance that receives high quality training and support. Our trainees undertake professional studies across the alliance, and at times, across phases, to maximise learning. We hope our trainees will go on to work locally and take advantage of our career long training opportunities. We are located close to good transport hubs (Angel Islington and Kings Cross). Islington is a thriving borough with many opportunities for social activities. We are close to central London and all that offers.

Angel Teaching School Alliance

About the accredited provider

London Metropolitan University is a short bus ride from our main centre and can be reached within 30 minutes from all our schools. They have a proven track record of training teachers who go on to gain employment. They share our values of providing quality education, lifelong learning and opportunities for local people. Together we are training the outstanding teachers of the future who want to make a difference to the lives of our young learners.

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

Training with disabilities and other needs

Candidates with disabilities and other needs are supported by DDA compliance and personal evacuation plans, with adaptations made to accommodate needs. Some sites are fully accessible while others (in older buildings) are not. We will interview candidates at accessible sites and ensure placements take place at suitable sites and with appropriate adjustments.

All placements offer mentor support. Trainees who are employed in Islington schools (apprentices) can access Islington staff support. Apprentices can also access support through their university.

Contact details

Donegal Street
N1 9QG


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.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 2BZ
  • Training programme code: 3B2Y

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Donegal Street, Islington, London N1 9QG

Advice and support

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