Nottingham Trent University

Level 6 Teaching Apprenticeship

Level 6 Teaching Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is intended for teaching staff who are employed by a primary or a secondary school and already have a degree, but do not yet have a teaching qualification or Qualified Teacher Status and wish to attain this.

Apprentices join our PGCE courses and learn alongside other postgraduate trainee teachers, while being placed in their employing school for the majority of the year and another school for part of the year. Successful apprentices will achieve a PGCE qualification from NTU, be awarded Qualified Teacher Status, and be certified as having completed the Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship.

The overall aim of this apprenticeship is to develop professionals who will have the necessary subject knowledge and professional skills to motivate and inspire pupils to learn, and who can make a significant difference to the schools in which they work.

Entry requirements

Primary route:

You will need:

  • A 2:1 honours degree is preferred, but strong applicants with a 2:2 in a degree related to National Curriculum subjects, or to education or child development more generally, will also be considered.
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C or equivalent, We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com. These must have been gained prior to application.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks and a satisfactory health check passed prior to enrolling
  • Professional ITT Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy passed prior to enrolling
  • two references - one academic and one vocational.

It may strengthen your application to have had some experience in a classroom in a UK mainstream school, setting or college, although this is not an entry requirement. If you do wish to gain some experience prior to your application, you can find out more about how to arrange this online.

Applicants will need to undertake an interview as part of the selection process.

If necessary, you can take a relevant GCSE as a private candidate. Find out how to do this on the AQA's website.

Secondary route:

You will need:

  • a good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2:2 with at least 50% focused on subject areas that are very closely related to the subject that you wish to teach; and
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade 4 or equivalent. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com. These must have been gained prior to application.

Other requirements:

  • an interview; and
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory health check;
  • Professional ITT Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy (pass); and
  • two references - one academic and one vocational; and
  • It may strengthen your application to have had some experience in a classroom in a UK mainstream school, setting or college, although this is not an entry requirement. If you wish to gain some experience prior to your application you can arrange this online.

In exceptional circumstances applicants may be considered who do not have a strong degree match, but who have other relevant qualifications, including an A-level in the subject and extensive professional experience. We do not accept Ordinary degrees. The key consideration is if you are able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject that is commensurate with graduate level understanding.

After interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level subject knowledge may be offered a place on the course, dependent on successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in that subject prior to commencing their teacher training year.

If necessary, you can take a relevant GCSE as a private candidate.

Course modules

This course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University.

At the University you will study for the same award as other postgraduate teacher trainees except that the delivery will have more emphasis on being trained within a school environment and will involve more staff from schools.

Successful apprentices will achieve a PGCE qualification from NTU, be awarded Qualified Teacher Status, and be certified as having completed the Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship.

You will be a registered student with NTU and your qualification will be an NTU award. This means that NTU has responsibility for the quality of your training and you will benefit from the combined expertise of the University and lead placement school. The exact form of the delivery of the year will depend on the school to which you apply.

* The title of this award is subject to change due to an ongoing government consultation.

Assessment methods

A combination of teaching observations, a portfolio of evidence of professional development, practitioner enquiry, assignments, and presentations. As required by the national standard, the End-Point Assessment is founded on a teaching observation followed by a professional dialogue with an expert panel consisting of an external assessor, a tutor from the university, and a representative from the employer of the apprentice.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full time July 2019 £ 9,000 per Academic year (Home/EU) Months

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