About the course
The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships (PGTA) programme provides an employment-based route leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The entry requirements for PGTA programmes are exactly the same as all graduate teacher-training routes, but the PGTA is specifically suited to those who already have strong experience working with children in the age range for which they wish to teach.
To be ready for an apprenticeship, you will have already secured employment/come to an agreement with a school who want to employ you and support you throughout your training year.
As part of your programme, you will receive:
80% in the classroom gaining practical experience and skills supported by your school-based mentor. This will involve subject knowledge, lesson observation, team teaching, solo-teaching and learning support
20% of your course time will be spent off-the-job training back at college. This is largely provided by following the same PD programme as our school-direct trainees at College but can include other training based at your school.
After successfully gaining QTS, you will be put forward to complete your End Point Assessment (EPA), in agreement with your employer. The EPA involves a formal observation and professional discussion conducted by an external assessor. This final assessment shows successful completion of your apprenticeship.
We are looking for people who can show that they are committed to working with young people and joining the teaching profession. We are particularly interested in talking to people who have a proven track record in working with young learners.
Interviews with either take place at your employing school or at City College Norwich. You will be fully briefed on the format.
How school placements work
Individuals applying for this route will have already secured employment with a school who will support you through the majority of your training. NTTC works closely with the individual and their employing school to secure a second placement with another school within our partnership.
As an Apprentice Teacher, you will be paid a salary by your employing school, the guidance states that this should be inline with point 1 of the unqualified teachers scale.
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 will have achieved a good class in your degree which will be directly related to teaching. In addition you will have a C / 4 or above in Science, English and Mathematics at GCSE.
Most importantly, you will be able to demonstrate why you want to work with young children and prove your commitment to the primary sector.
Most candidates will be able to demonstrate experience working with young people. However, we evaluate each application on a person-by-person basis and we are keen to take all your experience in to account.
For all Primary Teaching Apprenticeships you will need to have an employer, or come to an agreement with a school who is prepared to employ you from the start of the course.
About the training provider
Working closely with our partner schools across the region, Norfolk Teacher Training Centre and the Wensum Junior Partnership offers 3 to 11 experience across a broad range of schools. We provide a tailor-made route in to teaching with our school based programme. Our well qualified and motivated mentors are at the heart of our programmes, offering the opportunity to develop curriculum knowledge alongside engaging classroom activities.
We offer 3 routes to Primary QTS, Primary Teaching Apprenticeships, Primary with Mathematics School Direct (fee-funded) and Primary School Direct (fee-funded).
About the accredited body
At the Norfolk Teacher Training Centre, everything we do is about training excellent teachers. We offer the opportunity to train in a broad range of environments, including rural Primaries and larger city Infant & Junior Academies.
Your school-based experiences will be grounded in a training programme run by experts in adult education and based at City College Norwich.
We have above national average employment rates for trainees securing their NQT post. We believe that this demonstrates NTTC’s commitment to ensuring that you are well prepared to present yourself at interview.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Working with City College Norwich we are able to work closely with all our learners to ensure that all needs are supported in an atmosphere of inclusivity. If you have any special needs, please talk to us in confidence during your interview and we will ensure that the most appropriate and individualised learning plan is put 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.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
City College Norwich
Wensum Junior, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4HB
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