The Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship was launched in September 2018 and gives schools an opportunity to use apprenticeship funding (the apprenticeship levy) for training.  Apprentice teachers will have to meet the same statutory requirements for entry as all other ITT programmes and will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.


The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship is a school-based initial teacher training route leading to Qualified Teacher Status. There are two possible pathways, one that allows you to specialise in age phase 3-7 (Early Years) and one for 5-11 (General Primary) 


Anyone who wants to be a primary school teacher and already has a degree. You may already be employed in a school who wish to support you to train, you may be responding to an advert about becoming an apprentice teacher or you may be seeking an apprenticeship. Get in touch to talk to us about your specific circumstances. 


Full time for just over a year. The course starts in September, as all our other courses do, and QTS will be awarded in the summer term in line with our other QTS programmes, but apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) during the Autumn Term, to consolidate learning from their initial teacher training programme. 


The Apprenticeship route leading to QTS costs £9,000 and this fee is paid by the employing school from the apprenticeship levy. 

There is an option to undertake a PGCE at the same time, in conjunction with Birmingham City University, which costs £1350 – this fee is paid by the apprentice. If you think you would like to do the PGCE as well, please get in touch to discuss the options to suit you. 

As apprentices are on a paid route to QTS, they do NOT have any further recourse to Student Loan funding, neither tuition fees nor maintenance loans. 


There is no DfE funding towards the cost of the Postgraduate Teaching Apprentice’s full-time unqualified teacher’s salary, but employers that pay the apprenticeship levy can use up to £9,000 from their apprenticeship service account to cover the cost of the course. If you are non - levy paying school or if you have insufficient  funds in your apprenticeship service account, you are eligible to get funding through government-employer-investment.  The government will pay 95% of the training costs and the school will pay 5%.


Applications are made through DfE Apply.

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Institution code : 1WY (Two Mile Ash School) 

Early Years Course code A965 

General Primary Course Code V797