Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship 

SCITTELS works with our primary schools to support Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeships (PGTA). The apprenticeship route combines paid work in your employing school with off-the-job training and enables schools to use apprenticeship funding (their apprenticeship levy) to cover the tuition fees.

As an apprentice, you would be employed as an Unqualified Teacher by your placement school for the duration of your training. Therefore, to be ready for an apprenticeship, you must have already secured employment or come to an agreement with a school that wants to employ you and support you throughout your training year.  Candidates without an employing school should consider our Tuition-fee QTS or Tuition-fee QTS with PGCE courses.

Our Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status at the end of the 12-month course.

Features of the PGTA route:

  • Receive a salary from your employing school
  • Award of QTS and the Level 6 Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship
  • Fees are paid through your school’s apprenticeship levy
  • More responsibilities for teaching the class than the tuition-fee routes
  • Requires prior experience and an employing school to apply
  • Two placements within our local partnership schools
  • Support of an experienced mentor
  • Weekly professional studies and subject studies training
  • 12 month course with End-Point Assessment in the term after qualifying

You will have two contrasting placements, ensuring you gain experience across the age range you are training to teach. This will support you to experience a range of educational approaches and opportunities to work with the unique, dynamic and diverse communities in East London.

Fees and Finance

Apprentices on the Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship are paid for the duration of the apprenticeship by their employing school on at least point 1 of the Unqualified Teachers’ Pay Scale.

The fees for the course are paid for by the employing school’s apprenticeship levy at no cost to the apprentice. 

Apprentices are not eligible for student finance from Student Finance England, as they are earning a salary.

Entry Requirements

All applicants for initial teacher training need to meet the following entry requirements.

Currently working in a school

We’ll only be accepting applications from candidates who are currently working in the school they wish to train to teach in. They might be teaching assistants, HLTAs who have not had the chance to gain QTS. Candidates should only apply if their school is able to offer an apprenticeship role.


You must hold a bachelor’s degree with honours class 2.2 or above from a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI), or an equivalent qualification. The UK National Information Centre for the Recognition and Evaluation of International Qualifications and Skills (UK ENIC) can provide advice on the equivalence of overseas qualifications. If you are in your final year of completing your degree, you can still apply to us – successfully gaining your degree will become a condition of any offer you receive.


English (Language or Literature). Maths and Science or equivalent qualifications at grade C/4 or above. A full list of accepted GCSE equivalent qualifications can be found here. We also accept equivalency tests from Equivalency TestingA Star Equivalency or BCU Equivalency Tests. Please contact us if you are unsure if your qualifications are equivalent or to discuss your options.

Please note that applicants who have achieved or are taking an equivalency test, or hold other evidence of maths and English attainment that intend to undertake the Post Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship (PGTA) will also need functional skills qualifiactions or equivalent qualifications at Level 2 in mathematics and English to meet the apprenticeship gateway entry criteria.

Applying for the course

All applications for our teacher training programmes must be made online using the Government’s Apply for Teacher Training portal.

Once your application has been submitted, it will be received by our team who will check the entry requirements have been met and that the application meets a high standard of English. If your relevant qualifications are from overseas, please ensure you have UK ENIC in place when you apply.

Once a conditional offer has been made, the applicant will require two references.

Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor candidates from overseas who require a VISA to study or work in the UK.

Course Codes

Please use the provider coded s17 to apply to SCITTELS along with the following course codes for the PGTA programme:

V787 Primary (5-11)