TEACHER Apprenticeship

(PRIMARY 3-11)

Level 6


Course Level

Level 6


13 months


90% of apprentices will remain in employment after completing their apprenticeship

83% of apprentices say their apprenticeship has improved their career prospects

Aspiring towards a career teaching in primary education? Want to earn while you learn? Our Teacher Apprenticeship is a government-funded route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and enables you to gain a Level 6 postgraduate qualification while undertaking paid training in a school.

As a teacher apprentice, you will be responsible for your own class of children, spending four days each week in school and one day at University College Birmingham. This route is particularly well-suited to teaching assistants (including higher level), current unqualified teachers and capable graduates. 

As part of your studies at university, you will learn about how and why particular subjects are taught in different ways – the study of pedagogy – as well as gaining skills and knowledge related to curriculum content, structure and progression. You will also engage with the wider professional responsibilities of becoming a teacher.

Note: This qualification entitles you to teach in schools in England only. You must demonstrate that you are able to achieve QTS by the end of your training programme.

Why choose this apprenticeship?

  • EARN WHILE YOU LEARN – This is a paid course, giving you the opportunity to earn while you train to teach
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Spend four days a week in the classroom gaining on-the-job experience, skills and knowledge by engaging with the day-to-day practice of being a teacher
  • EXPERT TUITION – Receive support from an experienced teacher mentor in school and from a highly committed Initial Teacher Education team at University College Birmingham

Our facilities

Our learning spaces at University College Birmingham ensure you have the right environments to build your knowledge, from lecture theatres to interactive group working spaces and extensive library resources.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be qualified to degree level – University College Birmingham accepts at least a 2:2 BA/BSc (Hons) in a relevant subject area
  • You must have a pass in each of your GCSEs in English, maths and science (grade C/4 and above) and have passed the QTS Skills Tests in English and maths.
  • You will also need to have undertaken a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Key information

Teaching and assessment


In light of COVID-19, we have made some changes to the way we deliver our teaching. We are continually following the guidelines and measures put in place by the UK Government to ensure our students and staff are safe on campus, whilst remaining committed to providing high-quality education. The information below explains how teaching will take place in semester 2 (or semester 1 for those joining us in January) for each level/year of this course.

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 (QTS).

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

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