Course details


Minimum of 12 months

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Study patterns to fit around the workplace.

Course description

For an employment based route into teaching, look no further than a Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship (with QTS) at the University of Derby.

Studying for this apprenticeship provides access to Gold-rated teaching, exceptional facilities and real life learning designed to promote capability and competence ready for a career in education.

This apprenticeship focuses on personal and professional development, embedding key approaches to learning, behaviour and reflection alongside critical issues such as developing professional practice in the classroom, decision-making and subject specialist/age phase knowledge. 

Apprentices will benefit from on-the-job practical training and degree level academic learning, including a significant blended element.

An online portal enables employers to track apprentice progress, including assessment and monitoring data.

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Who is this course for?

Our apprenticeship programme is suitable for individuals that are looking for an employment based route into teaching.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

The apprenticeship runs over a minimum of 12 months and consists of 80% on the job training and 20% off the job training. Usually the 80% on the job training will consist of the apprentice being in an independent role as an unqualified teacher working four days per working week, delivering a subject specialism or teaching a specific age phase of children.  The 20% off the job training consists of a variety of activities which will usually take place one day per working week.  

As part of the 80% on the job training, apprentices must teach in two different school settings to ensure compliance with statutory Initial Teacher Training criteria and supporting advice issued by the Department for Education.

On completion of this apprenticeship, the individual will be confirmed to be a competent and qualified teacher, having already achieved QTS and entered the teaching profession. Having completed a programme of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and obtained QTS, the apprentice will complete the end-point assessment at the start of their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year. Once the QTS has been achieved, the end-point assessment must be completed within three months.

The independent end-point assessment comprises of: 

Programme overview

  • Module 1: The Reflective Teacher
  • Module 2: Professional Practice and Pedagogy 1
  • Module 1: The Reflective Teacher
  • Module 3: Professional Practice and Pedagogy 2
  • Successful completion of the modules leads to the award of University Advanced Diploma and Qualified Teacher Status (both elements graded Pass/Fail)
  • Award of Qualified Teacher Status is the gateway to End Point Assessment
  • Preparation for End Point Assessment: Apprentice must complete the End Point Assessment within three months of being awarded QTS
  • Successful completion of End Point Assessment (graded outstanding, pass or inadequate)
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Benefits to Employers

The Level 6 Teacher with QTS Apprenticeship Programme is an employment-based route into teaching.
In addition to providing contemporary subject knowledge in teaching the programme will develop the critical skills demanded by schools:

On completion of this apprenticeship, you will be a competent and qualified teacher, having already achieved QTS and entered the teaching profession.

Entry requirements

Fees and funding


Cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £9,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and involvement of employers.


Fees will be paid by your employer with government funded support or through the apprenticeship levy.

How to apply

For more information call 0800 001 5500 or email

Applications to this apprenticeship will need to be made through the employer.

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