Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship 2019-2020

The apprenticeship may change in the light of the DFE review of QTS, which will apply to those entering training programmes from September 2019.

The new Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship was launched in September 2018 and this means that schools have an opportunity to use apprenticeship funding (the apprenticeship levy) for training and end point assessment. Apprentice teachers will need to meet the same statutory requirements for entry as all other ITT programmes and will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. The apprenticeship route combines paid work with on and off-the-job training. QTS will be awarded to successful apprentices after three terms, as is currently the position with the School Direct Salaried Programme. In their fourth term (i.e. first term of NQT year) trainee apprenticeships will undergo an ‘end point assessment’ by an independent assessor and, if successful, will then be deemed to have completed their apprenticeship training.

How does the apprenticeship differ from other employment led routes to QTS such as School Direct Salaried?

All routes to QTS, including the apprenticeship, will have to adhere to the DFE criteria for initial teacher training, be subject to OFSTED inspection and be delivered by accredited ITE providers. The apprenticeship will differ in respect of the post-QTS EPA process, the funding mechanism and not necessarily three years career experience. In practice, it is likely that the first three terms of the apprenticeship will be similar to salaried programmes.

What age ranges are covered?

The apprenticeship will be very similar to our school direct salaried programme. As a primary provider our programmes cover the 3 – 11 age phase and you can select either our 3 – 7 age range programme (covering EYFS and key stage one), 5 – 11 age range programme (covering key stages one and two) or 7-11 age range programme (covering key stage 2).

Training Programme

Employment and in school training begin on the first day of Autumn Term 2019 and will continue until the end of the Summer Term 2020.

Prior to that there is a briefing session for successful applicants on the afternoon of Tuesday 16th July 2019 and required attendance at an Induction week in August 2019 running from Monday 19th August until Friday 23rd August. This will be held at The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn.

Training is school led in partnership with the Consortium who facilitate additional taught sessions, at which attendance is expected and for which employing schools agree to release trainees. Trainees also spend a minimum of six weeks in an alternative setting (second school). Quality assurance, pastoral and administrative support and the confirmation of QTS, upon successful completion of the programme, are all the responsibility of the Consortium as accrediting provider.

For the duration of the programme the trainee is employed by their school at least at the bottom of the unqualified teacher pay scale, currently £17,208.00 per annum. Employing schools that pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to draw down up to £9,000 from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to fund the cost of training and the end point assessment.

Trainees are not required to be supernumerary to staffing structure, so it is likely that they will have teaching timetable which will increase as they move through the programme. Apprentices will be entitled to receive at least 20% of their time for off-the-job training. While this can take place in school settings, the training must be distinct from normal working duties

All applications must be made via the UCAS website, not to individual schools or to the Consortium.

Additional Information required by the Consortium

Although all applications must be made via the UCAS website the application form itself does not provide the Consortium with all of the information it requires. Applicants are asked to complete two additional forms. One gives us specific information about your school experience, and the other confirms your qualifications and ID. On receipt of your UCAS application the Consortium will send you an email containing these forms asking you to complete and return them straight away. Your application will be at a disadvantage if you do not complete these documents and return them to the Consortium.

These forms can be also sent to the Consortium in advance of submitting your UCAS application.

These two additional forms can be downloaded here.

How to apply for the 2019/20 Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

UCAS Teacher Training (UTT) web site is currently open for candidates to sign up for a free Information Pack. Candidates will be able to submit applications from the UCAS website which opens on 9th October 2018.

The Consortium will be accepting applications from the opening date until all places are filled or June 2019, whichever is the soonest.

If you have an Employing School you should apply as soon as UCAS applications open.

If you do not have an Employing School please contact the Consortium Office for advice.


Check you meet the entry requirements for your chosen school(s) and that you can be available for possible interview dates.
Interview dates will be arranged once we have sufficient candidates to interview.

Also check you will be available for the Induction Week running from Monday 19th August 2019 to Friday 23rd August 2019 inclusive.


Register to apply on the UCAS website and fill in your application following the guidance at


The Consortium will be working with each school to process applications.

If your application meets basic criteria, you will be asked to submit the Application Support Forms and supporting documentation.


Qualifying Applicants whom the school(s) would like to interview will be notified by the Consortium.


Respond to offers made.

Please Note:

All successful candidates must attend the Consortium Induction Week from Monday 19th August to Friday 23rd August 2019

What does the end point assessment entail?

This will usually take place in the term after you have achieved QTS and will consist of a lesson observation carried out by the independent assessor and a professional discussion involving the apprentice and a panel consisting of the independent assessor, a representative of the training provider and an employer representative. As only accredited providers will be able to carry out EPAs, the final assessment against the apprenticeship standards (which are also the Teachers’ Standards) will be robust. The Association of Accredited Teacher Education Providers (AATEP) will monitor the EPA process from a national perspective.

After the end point assessment, normal rules in regards to the NQT induction year will apply.