This apprenticeship is intended for teaching staff who are employed by a primary or a secondary school and already have a degree, but do not yet have a teaching qualification or Qualified Teacher Status and wish to attain this.
Apprentices join our PGCE courses and learn alongside other postgraduate trainee teachers, while being placed in their employing school for the majority of the year and another school for part of the year. Successful apprentices will achieve a PGCE qualification from NTU, be awarded Qualified Teacher Status, and be certified as having completed the Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship.
The overall aim of this apprenticeship is to develop professionals who will have the necessary subject knowledge and professional skills to motivate and inspire pupils to learn, and who can make a significant difference to the schools in which they work.
We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).
What you'll study
This course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University.
At the University you will study for the same award as other postgraduate teacher trainees except that the delivery will have more emphasis on being trained within a school environment and will involve more staff from schools.
Successful apprentices will achieve a PGCE qualification from NTU, be awarded Qualified Teacher Status, and be certified as having completed the Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship.
You will be a registered student with NTU and your qualification will be an NTU award. This means that NTU has responsibility for the quality of your training and you will benefit from the combined expertise of the University and lead placement school. The exact form of the delivery of the year will depend on the school to which you apply.
* The title of this award is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation.
Primary route module structure
- Primary Professional Practice
- Learning and Teaching -Professional Studies
- Learning and Teaching - Primary Curriculum and related Pedagogy
- Primary Education Independent Study
- Primary Education Independent Study
Secondary route module structure
- Secondary Professional Practice
- Learning and Teaching in the Subject
- Skills of Enquiry
- Learning and Teaching in the Wider Context
- Secondary Education Independent Study
Further information on what you'll study
We are accredited by the UK Government's Department for Education as a provider of Initial Teacher Training courses. Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
How you’re taught
Through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and independent study, apprentices are engaged in studying the theory and practice of learning and teaching. At the same time, supported by our professional tutors and colleagues in the apprentice’s workplace, apprentices develop their professional practice alongside their study. The course provides access to our online course materials, PebblePad eportfolio tool, libraries, and support services, with an enriched professional practice experience that guides the development of each individual against the national Teachers’ Standards.
What will my timetable look like?
The precise pattern varies depending on the phase of education in which the individual is training. Broadly, it consists of one day per week at the university, and four days per week in placement at the employing school, with a full university week in early September.
How many days will I spend at the University?
The precise pattern varies depending on the phase of education in which the individual is training. Typically, an apprentice will spend a total of 25 days each year attending at the university.
A combination of teaching observations, a portfolio of evidence of professional development, practitioner enquiry, assignments, and presentations. As required by the national standard, the End-Point Assessment is founded on a teaching observation followed by a professional dialogue with an expert panel consisting of an external assessor, a tutor from the university, and a representative from the employer of the apprentice.
You will need:
- A 2:1 honours degree is preferred, but strong applicants with a 2:2 in a degree related to National Curriculum subjects, or to education or child development more generally, will also be considered.
- GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C or equivalent, We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com. These must have been gained prior to application.
- Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks and a satisfactory health check passed prior to enrolling
- Professional ITT Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy passed prior to enrolling
- two references - one academic and one vocational.
It may strengthen your application to have had some experience in a classroom in a UK mainstream school, setting or college, although this is not an entry requirement. If you do wish to gain some experience prior to your application, you can find out more about how to arrange this online.
Applicants will need to undertake an interview as part of the selection process.
If necessary, you can take a relevant GCSE as a private candidate. Find out how to do this on the AQA's website.
You will need:
- a good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2:2 with at least 50% focused on subject areas that are very closely related to the subject that you wish to teach; and
- GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade 4 or equivalent. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com. These must have been gained prior to application.
- an interview; and
- a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
- a Prohibition Order check; and
- a satisfactory health check;
- Professional ITT Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy (pass); and
- two references - one academic and one vocational; and
- It may strengthen your application to have had some experience in a classroom in a UK mainstream school, setting or college, although this is not an entry requirement. If you wish to gain some experience prior to your application you can arrange this online.
In exceptional circumstances applicants may be considered who do not have a strong degree match, but who have other relevant qualifications, including an A-level in the subject and extensive professional experience. We do not accept Ordinary degrees. The key consideration is if you are able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject that is commensurate with graduate level understanding.
You will complete a diagnostic assessment of your fundamental English and mathematics skills at interview. This will inform any development that you need to undertake leading up to and during your training. There is no longer a requirement to complete Department for Education Professional Skills Tests.
After interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level subject knowledge may be offered a place on the course, dependent on successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in that subject prior to commencing their teacher training year.
If necessary, you can take a relevant GCSE as a private candidate.
Further information on entry requirements
Professional ITT skills tests
You must pass professional ITT skills tests in numeracy and literacy as part of the application process. You must have passed these tests before you enrol on your course, but we advise you to take them as soon as possible, or you may miss out on vital pre-enrolment information.
Registration and booking for the skills tests are available online.
Find out more about the tests and how to prepare for them with our teacher training skills tests FAQs sheet.
How to apply
Get in touch with our Apprenticeship team at: Apprenticeships@ntu.ac.uk
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Fees and funding
Course fee for 2019 entry
|Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship||£9,000|
The 2020 entry fees have currently not been set.