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Employment-based postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Learn about the course below
September 2024
One year
Course leader
Primary: Clare Harding
Secondary: Catherine Walsh

What you can study

Middlesex University partners with Lead Partner schools to provide employment-based Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Applicants apply to the Lead Partner school directly through DfE Find and Apply. There are two routes, Lead Partner salaried and the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship.


Successful completion of employment-based Initial Teacher Training leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) , allowing you to work in any state school in England.

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All courses integrate theory with practice, drawing upon the best available evidence for effective teaching and learning. The curricula for the training programmes encompass the full entitlement described by the ITT Core Content Framework (CCF) (DfE, 2019). They support development in the 5 core areas – behaviour management, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and professional behaviours, as well as integrating additional analysis and critique of theory, research and expert practice. Each programme is congruent with the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2012) and trainees will be assessed against the Standards at the end of the programme before a recommendation is made for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Salaried trainees also study for the PG Cert Teaching postgraduate award.

Trainees who successfully complete all three programme modules are awarded the PG Cert Teaching and QTS.

The three modules are:

  • School-based Professional Development
  • School-based Enquiry
  • Assessment and Monitoring

All modules are designed to provide an appropriate means of reflecting critically on professional development as a teacher and engage in school-based research to improve practice. This PGCert and the associated assignments have been designed as an integral part school-based training and will enable trainees to develop as a reflective learners and teachers, with the additional benefit of academic credits, which can be carried forwards towards an MA degree.

Trainees attend a programme of training sessions at the university which are taught by phase and subject experts. The partner schools also provide training in the school setting in addition to a dedicated mentor who supports the trainee’s learning journey in the school setting.

The training sessions are spread throughout the year with trainees attending one day each week for most weeks.

However, during Terms 1 and 2, they will attend university for some full weeks in order to complete the statutory 4 weeks (equivalent) of Intensive Training and Practice.

During the last 6 weeks of the course, trainees will be in school full time and teaching at least an 80% timetable load.

  1. UK & International
  2. How to apply


  • Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship £9000 paid from the employers’ apprenticeship levy
  • Lead Partner Salaried. Students are non-fee-paying. Training fees are arranged through the partnership agreement between the Lead Partner organisation and Middlesex University.


Salaried trainees are non-fee-paying students of Middlesex University. Postgraduate Teacher Apprentices have their fees arranged and paid through their employer’s apprenticeship levy.  All employment-based trainees can access all the university facilities and student support.

Salaried trainees and Apprentices are also employees of their employing school and paid at least Point 1 of the unqualified teacher scale.

How can the COURSE support your career?

Trainees who complete our employment-based routes are very likely to stay in the same school as an Early Career Teacher.

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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