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What makes Primary PGCE Teacher Apprenticeship at Worcester special?

The Teacher Apprenticeship provides a salaried route into gaining Qualified Teacher Status with an optional PGCE. As an apprentice you will earn as you learn and your training fees will be paid for by your employer. At the University of Worcester, you can tailor your training programme to suit both your needs and those of your employer.

All Teacher Apprentices will follow the PGCE programme, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in March 2023. You will have the option of gaining an additional 60 PGCE credits at Masters level (with recommendation for QTS), or you can opt to follow a QTS only route.

We also offer a PGCE SENDI pathway or a PGCE PE pathway while training as an apprentice. Please note both these pathways are not offered as QTS only routes. You can read more about the PGCE programme on our PGCE Primary (QTS) webpage.

This course will give you qualified teacher status, accredited by the Department for Education (DfE). 



Key features

  • Be employed by your school on an unqualified teachers' salary
  • Benefit from the outstanding features of the PGCE programme while earning on the job
  • Become a qualified teacher with the opportunity to gain 60 credits at Masters level*
  • Work with experts in school and at University
  • Your fees will be paid for by your employer
  • Experience a contrasting placement in an alternative setting
  • You must be employed by a school and the school be willing to support you throughout your training

*Those apprentices following the SENDI or PE pathway will be required to study for the 60 credits at Masters level.

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The University of Worcester’s education of future primary and secondary teachers has been given the highest possible grade with inspectors stating that, along with its partners, the University creates “a learning community that places children at the heart of everyone’s endeavours”.  

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (normally 2:2 or higher) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis
  • A standard equivalent to a grade 4 (formerly grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English Language or English Literature, Mathematics and Science (applicants must have these qualifications by the start of their course). Equivalency tests will be accepted to start the course and obtain QTS with the University of Worcester

Other information

  • If you take an equivalency test to meet the entry requirements, you will also be required to evidence that you hold a level 2 qualification in Maths and English
  • An enhanced DBS check. Your employer will be responsible for paying for this. You may already be part of the DBS update service through your employer. As part of the DBS process you will be checked against the Children’s Barred List

For any apprenticeship application, we must meet with the employer prior to progressing any application from an individual. This is to confirm that:

  • the applicant is employed in an appropriate organisation to undertake the Teacher Apprenticeship
  • they are eligible for apprenticeship funding and
  • their employing organisation is fully aware of the commitment required from them to fund and support the apprenticeship
Course content

Course content

As a Teacher Apprentice a large amount of your training will be spent with experts in your employing school. During the Spring term you will complete a minimum of 5 weeks training in an alternative setting where you will develop your skills teaching in a different key stage.

For approximately 20% of the programme, you will be engaged in ‘off the job’ training. During this time, you will develop new skills, knowledge and behaviours through engagement with the PGCE programme content, shadowing mentors in school and completing tasks for your ePortfolio training plan.

All students will follow the same programme content. However, those who opt to apply for QTS only would not engage in the Level 7 academic writing and assignment support sessions and would not complete the two assignments to gain 60 credits at Level 7. Instead, they would be required to complete skills and behaviours learnt through engaging with the course content.

Level 6

  • The Developing Teacher
  • The Learning Child
  • Life in School

Level 7

  • The Developing Teacher
  • The Learning Child
Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, placement, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress. You will build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


The Teacher Apprenticeship course enables all apprentices to become autonomous learners. The course is designed to support apprentices of varying experiences, needs and background; to develop key/transferable skills and to disseminate good practice in learning and teaching. To achieve this we closely monitor the quality of your experience while training.

You are taught through a combination of:

  • School experience in your employing school and an alternative setting
  • Studying all areas of learning and teaching across all EYFS and Primary National Curriculum subjects
  • Tutor-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures, primarily to introduce underpinning knowledge, theoretical argument, practical skills, central issues, key texts and inter-professional fields of study
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate, to encourage you to actively engage with and critically challenge the field
  • Directed studies and problem-solving tasks provide opportunities to develop approaches that will deepen levels of understanding and professional judgement; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services

In addition, there are regular opportunities throughout the year to meet with your personal tutor, where you will have the opportunity to talk about your academic progress, school experience, support with careers and applications.

Contact time

As an employee, you will be expected to attend school during term time and on training days, as agreed by the school, to ensure you are compliant with the requirements of the QTS qualification.

In a typical week you will spend 20% of your time engaged in ‘off the job’ training.

Typically contact time during ‘off the job’ training will be structured around:

  • Seminars
  • Discussions
  • Group work
  • Lectures when appropriate e.g. visiting speakers
  • Practical tasks
  • Research tasks

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time and your off the job hours you are expected to undertake around 9 hours of personal study time per week. Typically, this will involve researching areas of teaching and learning related to areas of the National Curriculum, SENDI, EAL and other key areas of interest relating to the primary setting as well as working on individual and group projects and preparing assignments (if opting for the PGCE credit bearing route).

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Location of teaching

The Teacher Apprenticeship programme will normally be delivered in person with some asynchronous learning (learning at your own pace) and online synchronous sessions (engaging in real time). In person teaching will be held in the St. John’s campus at the University of Worcester. If you apply through a regional training hub, some in person taught sessions will also be delivered at your regional training hub.


As an apprentice you will train for a minimum of 12 months to gain QTS status. This will be followed by up to 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA).


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and school practitioners with expert knowledge and experience. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of subject audits, formative assessments, tasks completed during lectures and enhancement activities.

For those teacher apprentices opting to study for a PGCE with 60 credits at Masters level, assessment methods will include an assignment for both Level 7 modules, the Developing Teacher and the Learning Child.

Those teacher apprentices opting for QTS only will be required to complete a reflective commentary at Level 6 showing how engagement with the programme has impacted on their teaching.

While in school, you are formatively assessed against our University of Worcester Curriculum. You will work with school colleagues alongside University tutors to complete reflections and activities in school to support your formative assessment. This will build towards your assessment against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of your course.

On successful completion of QTS, you will be recommended for your End Point Assessment to gain your Apprenticeship qualification.

Throughout your course, you will be supported to prepare for your transition into your early career teacher years through the Career Entry Profile, as part of your Continuing Professional Development.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We will provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.



On successful completion of the teacher apprenticeship you take with you a Career Entry Profile to start the process of your continuing professional development as a teacher. You will liaise with your employer about employment after you complete your apprenticeship.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

This is covered by the Education and Skills Funding Agency via the apprenticeship levy.

Note for Apprenticeships: No additional charge can be made for re-takes once Apprenticeship fee is agreed at the start of the programme.

Course-related costs included in the fees

Please discuss with your employer to find out any course-related costs included in the fees.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying. As an apprentice, you may be able to claim expenses from your employer via the organisation’s travel and expenses policies.

Travel costs to your employing school will vary depending on the location and your mode of transport. As an apprentice, you may be able to claim expenses from your employer via the organisation’s travel and expenses policies.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. This will need to be discussed and obtained with your employer.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. More information and guidance on costs are available from the Home Office. You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

You will need clothing suitable to be worn in a school setting and access to a laptop with reliable internet access.

Sources of financial support

Apprentices are employees and receive a salary from their employing organisation.

How to apply