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Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

Earn while you learn with no tuition fees on your way to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are available for trainee primary and secondary school teachers in England and are a full-time employment-based route into teaching.

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Entry requirements

A degree at 2:2 or above

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification)

Experience of working with young people

Interview is required.


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UCAS institution code P63

Duration 12 months full-time starting in June

Course Summary

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are available for prospective primary and secondary school teachers in England. They combine study with practical on-the-job training and a salary. There are no tuition fees for Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships, this is full-time employment-based route into teaching.

You will work towards the Apprenticeship Standard which sets out the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours required of the Apprentice Teacher and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Apprentice Teachers split their time between school and university study. You’ll receive practical, school-led training alongside experienced staff, and spend at least 20% of your time off-timetable to learn how to teach.

Why this course at Marjon?

We’ve been training teachers since the 1840s - we know Education

We have relationships with around 600 primary, secondary and special schools to give you a wide choice of learning experiences

Earn while you learn with no tuition fees

Modules for this course

1st Year

Embarking on a teaching career
Be immersed in school life, get familiar with school policies and carry out a range of 'off-the-job' training; during this time you'll work with your tutors to develop your own detailed training plan.
Teaching placement (for primary trainees)
You will demonstrate progress against the Teachers’ Standards to meet Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Professional practice in schools (for secondary trainees)
Based in school you will track your progress against the Teachers’ Standards across two school placements. You will develop a passion and dedication for teaching and learning to prepare you for your teaching career.

This course is perfect if you're curious about

Are all classrooms inclusive in today’s schools?

Do children really learn through play?

How do we create deep learning rather than surface learning?

How can I build strong relationships with pupils, colleagues and parents in school?

What can I do to develop my ability to become a leader in education?

How do good teachers keep on top of their workload?

This new route will provide another pathway for talented graduates into a profession that will give them the chance to change lives for the better on a daily basis.
Justine Greening - Secretary of State for Education

What might you become?

You will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in a primary, secondary or special school. Most trainees apply for jobs from January onwards ready for September start.


How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

Apprentice Teachers must complete a minimum of 120 days in a school and must have taught in at least two schools. During the course 20% of time is devoted to off-the job-training delivered via workshops, seminars, observations, educational visits and lectures.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment is based on the way you will be assessed when you are a qualified teacher and includes: teaching portfolios, presentations, observed teaching and discussions. All apprentices will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards, for the awarding of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Professor Gillian Golder

Course leader

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Gill is Director of the Marjon Teacher Education Partnership. She taught in schools for 13 years before joining the University. She works with schools, multiple academy trusts (MATS) and alliances to support whole school improvement and to develop evidence based practice and support teacher development. She spends some of her time in Westminster discussing latest ideas and initiatives with the Department for Education and others.


Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £0. You won’t pay any tuition fees.


This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

You'll be employed by a school, and salaries will differ between employers.

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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More information

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship route is delivered in conjunction with a number of school partnerships across the South West to give you a wide choice of learning experiences. It conforms to the DFE award of Qualified Teacher Status and the Institute of Apprenticeship's Standard for Postgraduate Teaching.

More about entry requirements

  • A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required.
  • We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach. Candidates must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach as detailed in ‘Fit to Teach’ by completing an on-line medical questionnaire
  • Candidates must take part in individual and group interviews with representative from partnership schools and the University.
  • The Skills tests no longer exist as an entry requirement however, all teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. We will be assuring that trainees have these skills either during the selection process, or later during the training programme.

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