Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship (PGTA) in Primary (5 – 11) with QTS and PGCE - PGCE

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Why study this course?

This Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship (PGTA) in Primary (5-11) will allow you to develop your career with confidence in the school where you are currently employed. This rewarding course prepares you to teach five to eleven-year-olds. It combines a successful ‘on-the-job’ approach within your current school with the best aspects of a university training route.

For this route you are ideally already in a school and are looking to develop your career further. The programme is a nationally recognised route into teaching, which offers a professional qualification with no tuition fees, primarily for those who have a good understanding of what it means to work in a school and have built up some experience as a teaching assistant or similar role.

On completion of this practical course, you’ll gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the master’s level PGCE. Many of our previous apprentices are still employed in local schools, and many have progressed on to act as mentors, supporting newer trainee teachers.

Please note, you should only apply for this route if you are sponsored by your employer. London Met will not provide a matching service. If you wish to find a school to sponsor you through an apprenticeship, please consider applying via one of our school partnerships.

Please only apply for this apprenticeship if you are currently employed in a school.

More about this course

Our apprenticeship is built upon well-established and successful foundations. This course combines the expertise of our course tutors who are experienced classroom practitioners and teacher trainers with a dynamic curriculum designed to cater to your needs as a developing teacher.

You will be employed by your school on the Unqualified Teacher pay scale and will undertake off-the-job training for 20% of your working week (one day per week.) This training time is split between face-to-face training at the University and independent training tasks in your workplace. This allows you to stay in your employer school, giving you consistent immersion in the school environment alongside a comprehensive and strongly supportive university programme and the encouragement of being part of a powerful network of apprentices.

You’ll also be taught by our wider team of education experts to give you in-depth learning experiences on some of the key areas of professional practice. These include the cognitive science of learning, working with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and students with English as an additional language.

You’ll be encouraged to reflect upon your own practice and to critically engage with current research, policy and pedagogy, leading to a PGCE award with 60 master’s level credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


You’ll be assessed by practical work, portfolio and coursework, there are no final exams.

For your modules completed on placement, you’ll be assessed on whether you are meeting the Teacher Standards by the end of the second placement. This assessment is completed by your university tutor, in collaboration with the school mentors and yourself. The assessment is partly based on observations of your teaching and partly on your portfolio of evidence.

Fees and key information

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Course code S288
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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • employment as an apprentice teacher in one of our partners schools
  • a UK degree, preferably grade 2.2 or equivalent
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science grade C/4 or above, or equivalent* (*if you undertake a GCSE equivalency test, you may also be required to undertake a Functional Skills test as a part of the course)
  • a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate
  • confirmation of Fitness to Teach – a London Metropolitan University health check, which you will be advised to apply for after an offer is made
  • literacy and numeracy tests — these are university-based tests, which you will be asked to undertake at your interview.

A non-UK citizen is usually eligible for funding if they have permission from the UK government to live in the UK (not for educational purposes) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship.

Professional requirements

Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course:

  • you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country
  • you will be required to undertake a skill scan assessment to ensure that this is the most appropriate route into teaching for you.

International students and English language requirements

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Student visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request.

English language requirements

This course has English language requirements over and above those normally required (see Entry Requirements and Section Process above).

To study a postgraduate degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Module details to be agreed

Information for Employers

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How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

The teacher training portal opens in mid-October; if you are thinking of undertaking the postgraduate teacher apprenticeship, you should apply early. All of the training agreements and processes need to be completed by the end of June, before school break up for the Summer.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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