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Course description

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

Studying for this apprenticeship provides access to experienced 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:

As part of the course, you will undertake three assessed teaching placements, two in your employing school and one in an alternative school and different key stages to broaden your experience. You will be supported throughout by expert colleagues including trained school mentors, subject specialists and link tutors.

You will also spend time at the University to develop your understanding of what it takes to become a great teacher.
At a time when rapid policy shifts are transforming the educational landscape, we will help you to meet the challenge of change in the modern classroom. Ours is an intellectually stimulating course which will keep you up to date with all the latest developments, including the Core Content Framework.

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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. Ideally, you will have had experience in the classroom or a relevant educational setting. 

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What will you study

You'll study modules such as:

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will be recruited as an apprentice and based mainly in your employing school. You will also undertake a 6-week alternative setting placement. The placements and on-the-job learning will provide you with challenging and exciting experiences.

You'll also spend time at the University or attending workshops remotely, with access to our excellent facilities within the University and school-based expert colleagues, in order to develop your growing understanding of what it takes to become a great teacher.

How you're assessed

All assessments relate to your school placements; you will complete three assessed teaching placements, two in your main school and one in a second school, which will provide you with the challenging and exciting experience you need. You'll also have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss your developing subject knowledge, as well as developing your skills in research-informed practice. The assessments are varied in nature, from a critical incident report to a learner-focused case study and a poster presentation. You will also be required to compile an e-portfolio evidencing your progress throughout the apprenticeship.


If you have any questions, please see our FAQs page or feel free to get in touch.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Entry requirements

Fees and funding


The 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 the involvement of employers.


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

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you 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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Additional information about your studies

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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