Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship Level 6

This route is ideal for candidates who have experience of working in school and are looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is an employment-based initial teacher training programme, which enables Apprentice trainee teachers to develop professional skills in the classroom whilst demonstrating evidence towards meeting the Teachers Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Apprentices at the University of Wolverhampton follow either the Primary or Secondary Route. The route will commence in June for the 2021/22 intake, so applicants are advised to complete the candidate application and school pack before the Easter break, to enable sufficient time to process applications. 

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship, leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status and the meeting of the Apprenticeship Standard. gaining Qualified Teacher Status ensures that apprentices will be well placed to gain employment in UK schools and other education settings, with access to further career opportunities and pay progression in school.

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship requires that the main training school releases the Apprentice for 20% of their time for university-based training and activities. A second school experience of 30 days enables the apprentice to demonstrate meeting the Professional Standards for Teachers, in a contrasting and complementary school setting, as required by the Department for Education.

Candidates working in SEN schools have to undertake an additional 30 day placement, in order to demonstrate meeting all of the professional standards.

A skills coach is provided by the University to support and undertake observation and feedback visits every half term.

The Apprentice collects a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours contained in the Teachers' Standards to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of the initial teacher training year. To successfully complete the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice must negotiate the 'gateway' to be entered for the formal end-point assessment. This requires an additional fourth term of teaching in school and the assessment, including a lesson observation and a professional discussion based on the portfolio of evidence.

The school must be able to provide support in developing the Apprentice as a practitioner and in compiling the portfolio of evidence. To ensure quality of training provision, the school must meet a number of criteria. To find out more, contact us (see 'Register your interest') or visit: and search for 'post graduate teaching apprenticeships'.

The course has also been designed to develop school teachers who will be:

• Empathetic and committed to pupils' learning;
• Critically reflective and reflexive;
• Enthusiastic and innovative;
• Open-minded and research-aware;
• Capable of engaging in collaborative inquiry and practitioner research;
• Flexible and creative decision-makers.

The course will also help the apprentice to develop as a teacher who understands the link between subject knowledge and the curriculum knowledge needed to teach specialist subjects. Equally apprentices will develop as teachers who understand the needs of the individual pupil and the school community in which they will work.

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful can be recommended to the relevant professional body for the award of Qualified Teaching Status ( QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school. Successful completion of the End Point Assessment leads to the award of the Apprenticeship Standard.

Please note that this course provides QTS only and does not lead to a PGCE.  

Initial Teacher Training Entry requirements for this route are as stated in the ITT criteria (September 2020) that all entrants have:

• Equivalent of grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics (and a science subject for those training to teach the primary school age) - the University provides equivalence tests for candidates who are suitable for the route but do not have the required GCSE qualifications.  These candidates will also be required to undertake level 2 qualifications in English and Maths during the programme
• A degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification
• Been successful in a rigorous selection process to assess a candidate's suitability to train to teach.

Apprentices on the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship do not pay fees. Employers that pay the Apprenticeship Levy will be able to use up to £9,000 of funding from their Apprenticeship service account to cover the cost of training and assessing the Apprentice. Employers that do not pay the Levy or who have insufficient funds in their service account are able to access funding to support the training and assessment of an Apprentice. In this instance, the government will pay 95% of the costs of training and assessment for the Apprenticeship(up to the £9,000 Apprenticeship funding band maximum with the employer paying 5%).


Schools that are part of a School Direct Alliance may access additional grant funding in shortage subject areas.

Degree Apprentice Teaching Graduate Scoops Award

Christopher Thompson, who graduated from his Teaching Degree Apprenticeship in January this year, has scooped an Apprentice of the Year Award in Shropshire Council's Virtual Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

Christopher was one of the first Apprentice Primary School Teachers in Shropshire, studying for his Degree at the University of Wolverhampton's Walsall Campus one day a week, with his Apprenticeship studies funded by his employer, Shropshire Council, through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Find out more about Christopher’s story here.

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