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Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship (QTS) Primary or Secondary

Learn about the course below
September 2023
1 year full-time
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Course leader
Catherine Walsh

The Apprenticeship programme is an employment-based route offering you a way to qualify as a teacher (QTS) while based mainly in a school. As an apprentice, you will receive a salary at least at point 1 of the unqualified teachers’ scale.

Why complete a Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship (QTS) with Middlesex University?

We are a registered provider of apprenticeships at all levels and have a strong track record in work-based learning. Our Apprenticeship programmes are closely aligned to our other ITT (PGCE and School Direct) routes, meaning you will benefit from the provision of a range of high-quality central training, delivered by research-leaders and academics. Our extensive history of delivering leading education courses ensures that you will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching.

This programme will give you the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, the PGCert Teaching, which can be used towards a Masters award in the future. This will enable you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship between learning and teaching, as you develop into a critically reflective practitioner.

This programme has been designed for high-quality graduates employed in one of our partnership schools who meet the DfE requirements for entry to Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

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What will you study on the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship (QTS)?

As an employment-based route the great majority of your time will be spent in your employing school. Your training programme has fully embedded the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Training. You will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to fully meet the Teacher Standards by the end of your apprenticeship training. The content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs, by utilising the resources of the school and their alliance partners. In addition, at Middlesex you will also benefit from access to the University's extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.

All apprenticeship programmes have to be at least 12 months and this programme lasts for four terms. Typically, at the end of term three, you will be recommended for QTS and be eligible to move to the Qualified Teachers’ pay scale. During term four, you will be ready for the ‘end-point assessment’ (EPA) which is the final stage of the apprenticeship. Preparation for the EPA will enhance and consolidate your achievements in relation to the Teachers’ Standards and be part of the Early Career Teacher (ECT) induction period.

You can find more information about the PGCert Teaching through this link.

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change. As a student on these programmes you'll receive a free electronic textbook for each of the modules you study.

What will you gain?

The Teaching Apprenticeship provides you with off-the job training which fully embeds the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Training. The training includes subject enhancement sessions and a programme of professional studies which will include online and campus teaching as well as training within your employing school and alliance. This training will be tailored to an appropriate age range within either the primary or secondary phase (and subject if in the secondary phase). These may include sessions which allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas. You will have opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your phase, subject, or specialist areas of the curriculum, and you will be able to develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion and diversity and future curriculums.

Partner schools

Middlesex University is the linked provider for training places for school alliances led by the following partner schools:



To discover whether Middlesex University or any of our partner School Direct alliances are offering postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeships, please visit DfE Find Postgraduate Teacher Training courses.

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There are no fees for an apprenticeship training teacher. Postgraduate teacher apprentices working in maintained schools must be paid in accordance with at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale whilst on the programme. Apprentices should be paid as full-time employees. As salaried employees, they are not eligible for any training bursaries or student maintenance loans.

How can the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship (QTS) support your career?

You can find career progression in both the classroom and within a school's management structure. You might aspire to become the head of a department, age group or curriculum. And through developing your leadership skills and experience, you could progress to a senior management position, such as deputy head or head teacher (earning a salary of between £54,223 and £121,749 as a head teacher in inner London).

For more information on salary and career progression, visit the Department for Education's website.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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