Teacher Apprenticeship – Level 6 Postgraduate

The Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship is an employment based route to becoming a qualified teacher. Please find some details about this route into teaching below.

The Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship

  • Is an employment based teacher training route.
  • As a Post Graduate Teacher Apprentice you will also gain qualified teacher status (QTS) just like other routes into teaching such as via a PGCE or School Direct.
  • Apprentices work alongside school staff to build the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours to become an effective teacher.
  • You will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher (UQT).
  • Your teaching timetable will be up to 60% of a full-time teacher’s timetable.
  • You will attend professional development training 1 day per week with the initial teacher training (ITT) provider off-site.
  • You can expect an in-school mentor, as well as a tutor from the ITT provider who will visit regularly.

To qualify for funding (from the apprenticeship levy) you would need to have:

  • A degree ( at least 300 credits)
  • English/Maths/ (Science – only for primary), at GCSE C grade/level 4 or above (or equivalency).
  • If teaching secondary, degree subject should normally contain 50% content related to the subject you wish to teach. Funded subject knowledge enhancement courses are available in certain subjects if needed.
  • 3 years or above UK/EEA residency
  • A school to employ you for the period of the apprenticeship ( July to August, 12 months).

More details:

  • Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have a contract with The Cambridge Partnership to provide the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship in maintained schools. Local academies can also access the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship through The Cambridge Partnership. Find out more by reading The Cambridge Partnership Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship with QTS information for Primary Schools document here and The Cambridgeshire Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship with QTS information for Secondary Schools document here.
  • As an apprentice you would be paid at the unqualified teacher rate 1 ( approx. £18,150).
  • You would apply through DfE Apply to apply for a place on the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship (usually in February to April).
  • Primary, Secondary and Special school candidates can be trained through this *route.
  • The cost of the apprenticeship is covered by the apprenticeship levy ( £9000) and salary is covered by the employing school.
  • The Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship training programme starts in July and finishes in July of the following year.
  • Information about the apprenticeship standard can be found here: www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/teacher-v1-0
*Candidates from special schools may need longer placements.

How do I apply?

Application window February to April:

  1. To apply for the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship, you will need to meet the criteria listed above and have commitment from a school to employ you whilst you train.
  2. Next you will need a code to apply against from the training provider. Locally this is the Cambridge Partnership.
  3. Applications go through DfE Apply system, using the code for a place on the programme.
  4. You will be interviewed by the provider ( assuming your application is successful).
  5. Then, if successful at interview, you will be offered a place as a Postgraduate Teacher apprentice. The Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship normally starts in July ( earlier than most other teacher training programmes).

If you have any questions about the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship route into teaching please contact us at [email protected] .

Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship

The Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship forms Year 2 of the Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship. This is a two year programme where you work as a teaching assistant in year 1.  In year 2 you apply to be a Postgraduate Teacher Apprentice as described above.  This has been particularly popular with existing school staff looking to develop into a qualified teacher.  Take a look to see if this route would suit your training needs.

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