Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship with QTS Secondary at University of Buckingham - UCAS

University of Buckingham

Degree level: Postgraduate

Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship with QTS Secondary (Taught)

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Course summary

The University of Buckingham is one of the largest providers of the apprenticeship route to Qualified Teacher Status and optional PGCE. Our next cohorts will start in August 2023 and January 2024. The apprenticeship-levy funded course allows schools to take on a teacher for a year at limited cost to the school. When asked, 98% of students (who graduated from their Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship with PGCE in June 2022) said they either would or already have recommended the University of Buckingham’s Teacher Apprenticeship to a colleague. QTS Webinar: Join our upcoming QTS webinar in April to learn about the details of the apprenticeship, with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The Teacher Apprenticeship provides a fee-free, salaried route for graduates to enter the teaching profession whilst also gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 12 months, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn. 12 months direct training followed by up to 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA). We have been delivering teacher training to the next generation of teachers at The University of Buckingham for 20 years and have excellent levels of success. We offer two routes:

Assessment method

Before the Apprenticeship starts, The University of Buckingham will: obtain evidence that the apprentice has an Apprenticeship Agreement with the employer sign a Commitment Statement between the apprentice, UoB and the employer sign an Employer Provider contract agreement complete all relevant induction paperwork also including initial assessments; this will be communicated in more detail should you decide to proceed. On the programme: we will train your mentor, a teacher in your school you will be assigned a tutor from The University of Buckingham a handbook will be issued to guide you through the programme you will be trained in the Core Content Framework to meet the Teachers’ Standards every week one or more of your lessons will be observed by your mentor and you are set targets every week you do some set reading on a part of the syllabus training is delivered online in half or full days regularly throughout the programme there are monthly meetings with your tutor/assessor to monitor and record progress once every term (at least every 10-12 weeks) you have a formal Progress Review with your tutor and employer representative (usually your mentor) to assess your progress and set next targets three times a year your Tutor will come to your school, observe your lessons, meet with you and your mentor and write a report. On successful completion of the course: After the 12 months of direct training, you will be nominated for the Qualified Teacher Status to the Department for Education and be eligible to proceed to the End Point Assessment During the following 3 months, you will take the End Point Assessment (EPA) involving a lesson observation and an interview. If this is successful you will be awarded the Apprenticeship Certificate by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency), and for those who successfully passed the PGCE route, your PGCE award from The University of Buckingham as well.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

Entry requirements

have a UK degree* GCSE in English Language and Maths at grade C/4 or above* GCSE Science C/4 is required for Primary trainees you must be teaching your subject for a minimum of 50% (and a max of 80%) of a full timetable including prep and planning time, across two consecutive key stages; this should equate to 12 hours per week, minimum your school will normally be rated Outstanding or Good by Ofsted (or the ISI equivalent) you must be eligible to work in England as an unqualified teacher you do not already have QTS but are working in a school in England. *For equivalent qualifications, contact [email protected] to confirm that your qualifications meets the University entry requirements. In addition, you must: demonstrate competence in literacy and numeracy before and during the course attend an interview as part of the initial assessment obtain the commitment from your school to release you for a second school placement and to provide a suitable mentor provide a satisfactory criminal record check (DBS) and show the physical and mental fitness train to teach Complete a minimum of 120 days in a school Be released from employing schools to spend time teaching in a contrasting school during the year, for a minimum of 3 weeks (15 full days). If you work in a special needs school We train teachers from Special Schools as well as SEND teachers in all schools. If you teach children a curriculum which is normally taught to younger children than your classes (e.g. you teach pupils aged 12-14 a Key Stage 2 curriculum) you will need to do a second school placement in a mainstream school where you can teach an age-appropriate curriculum.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Fees TBC.

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website:

Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship with QTS Secondary at University of Buckingham - UCAS