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Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship with QTS

School of Education
  • Please see entry requirements tab below.
  • Aug 2023
  • Jan 2024
  • Full-time
  • 13 Months
  • Apprenticeship
  • PGCE
  • Online
    • have a UK degree*
    • GCSE in English Language and Maths at grade C/4 or above*
    • GCSE Science C/4 is required for Primary trainees
    • you must be teaching your subject for a minimum of 50% (and a max of 80%) of a full timetable across two consecutive key stages; this should equate to 12 hours per week, minimum
    • your school will normally be rated Outstanding or Good by Ofsted (or the ISI equivalent)
    • you must be eligible to work in England as an unqualified teacher
    • you do not already have QTS but are working in a school in England.

    *For equivalent qualifications, contact education@buckingham.ac.uk to confirm that your qualifications meets the University entry requirements.

    In addition, you must:

    • demonstrate competence in literacy and numeracy before and during the course
    • attend an interview as part of the initial assessment
    • obtain the commitment from your school to release you for a second school placement and to provide a suitable mentor
    • provide a satisfactory criminal record check (DBS) and show the physical and mental fitness train to teach
    • Complete a minimum of 120 days in a school
    • Be released from employing schools to spend time teaching in a contrasting school during the year, for a minimum of 3 weeks (15 full days).

    If you work in a special needs school

    We train teachers from Special Schools as well as SEND teachers in all schools. If you teach children a curriculum which is normally taught to younger children than your classes (e.g. you teach pupils aged 12-14 a Key Stage 2 curriculum) you will need to do a second school placement in a mainstream school where you can teach an age-appropriate curriculum.