Teacher Apprenticeship (Primary 3-11)

Overview (NV)

Teacher Apprenticeship (Primary 3-11)

Course duration
13 months


The Teacher Apprenticeship course is a government-funded route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is a Level 6 postgraduate qualification, and the training takes place in one school.

Teacher Apprentices are paid and are responsible for their own class of children. They spend four days each week in school and one day at university.

Candidates for the Teacher Apprenticeship must demonstrate that they are able to achieve QTS by the end of their training programme.

This route is particularly well-suited to Teaching Assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants, current unqualified teachers and capable graduates.

The qualification entitles you to teach in schools in England only.

Why should students choose this course?

  • You will be learning on-the-job - gaining experience, skill and knowledge by engaging with the day-to-day practice of being a teacher
  • It is a paid course, so you will earn while you train to teach
  • You will receive support from an experienced teacher mentor in school
  • You will also receive support from a highly committed Initial Teacher Education team at UCB 

Course content

School practice is complemented by university attendance one day per week.

At university, lecture and seminar sessions relate education research and theory to the practice delivered in classrooms:

  • You will learn about how and why particular subjects are taught in different ways – the study of pedagogy
  • You will gain skills and knowledge related to curriculum content, structure and progression  
  • You will engage with the wider professional responsibilities of becoming a teacher 
Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

This Teacher Apprenticeship is mainly school-based, and much of what you will learn takes place on-the-job under the guidance of school mentors and university tutors.

Hands-on experience planning lessons with colleagues, delivering lessons to your pupils and assessing children’s progress in learning will give you confidence, knowledge and classroom-ready practical skills.  

Additionally, learning in a school setting provides the context for off-the-job training - you will have the opportunity to observe other teachers, participate in training and meet with key members of staff.

At university, you will learn about the decision making processes behind each lesson you deliver, the topics and strategies for engaging children with the curriculum, and the essential knowledge and qualities of an excellent teacher.

The Teachers’ Standards provide the framework for assessment for the Teacher Apprenticeship. These professional standards set out eight key areas in teaching, and three further areas with regard to your personal and professional conduct that you must demonstrate competency in to achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

Assessment activities include gathering a portfolio of evidence for the Teachers’ Standards and lesson observations.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will need to:

  • be qualified to degree level (UCB accepts at least a 2:2 BA/Sc Hons in a relevant subject area)
  • have a pass in each of their GSCEs in English, maths and science (Grade C/Grade 4 and above) 
  • have passed the QTS Skills Tests in English and maths
  • have undertaken a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check 
What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become an apprentice and are currently unemployed, you can approach local employers independently or view our current employer vacancies. If you are in work and want to commit to an apprenticeship, we can advise you on what your next steps should be. 

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

By email: apprenticeships@ucb.ac.uk