Teaching Apprenticeships

PCP SCITT are on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers and can provide training for Postgraduate Teaching Apprentices.

We work with partner schools located in Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Basingstoke, Aldershot and Farnborough as well as other areas of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a salaried route for existing school employees, or applicants with a school prepared to employ them for the duration of their apprenticeship.

  • A salaried training route lasting for a minimum of 13 months (usually around 4 school terms)
  • Apprentices are released for 20% of their working hours (the equivalent of one day a week) for off the job training. 
  • Apprentices are employed by their school as unqualified teachers (salary costs met by the school)
  • Training costs are paid through the Apprenticeship Levy Fund 
  • Central training is provided by PCP SCITT, who is approved for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. 
  • The programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of an Apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices are summatively assessed against the Teachers’ Standards (2012). They will also complete 2 written assignments and undertake an End Point Assessment in Term 4 of training.

We strongly encourage interested candidates and/or their supporting school to contact PCP SCITT prior to submitting an apprenticeship application to discuss apprenticeship levy funding eligibility and requirements.

PCP SCITT and the DfE Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship

Launched in September 2018, the Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship is an exciting new route into teaching. The PCP is delighted to be at the forefront of this new, employer-led training route and has been involved in the initial pilot during 2018-19. We have been working closely with local authorities and schools, shaping and developing the new training.

So far, this route has been gaining in popularity and PCP SCITT are Hampshire County Council’s chosen provider for teaching apprenticeships. We also work with schools across Portsmouth, Dorset and Bracknell and the academic year 22/23 saw 100% of our apprentices complete with a grade of outstanding.

Requirements for Becoming a Post-Graduate Teaching Apprentice

Post-Graduate Teaching Apprentices will be required to meet the same statutory requirements for entry as other ITT programmes.

Those applying must have:

  • An undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider or a recognised equivalent qualification
  • A GCSE in English, Science and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above or equivalent. To find out more about equivalency testing click here
  • Applicants who require equivalency tests in Math and English also need functional skills qualifications or
    equivalent qualifications at level 2 in mathematics and English to meet the apprenticeship criteria.

Salaries for the Post-Graduate Teaching Apprentice

Post-Graduate Teaching Apprentices must be employed as unqualified teacher for the full duration of their apprenticeship (usually around 4 terms). Teaching apprentices are paid on the unqualified teacher scale (academies, non-maintained schools and free schools will follow their own pay arrangements) and the salary costs are met by the employer. Once QTS has been awarded, apprentices will be paid as ECTs and will have the same employment rights as ECTs. Those employed by free schools and academies will be paid in accordance with the salary flexibilities allowed by those schools.

Funding for the Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship

The introduction of the Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship has meant that schools have an opportunity to access apprenticeship funding to train their staff. The fund is from the apprenticeship levy and can be accessed by all levy-paying schools. If a school does not pay the levy, it is still possible to access funding through the levy, although a 10% co-contribution is required from the school.

Please contact us for more details.


Applications for the 2023-24 training year are now open. Candidates and their supporting school should contact PCP SCITT prior to submitting an application to discuss apprenticeship levy funding eligibility and requirements.

Further Information

Further information can be found here:

  • DfE press notice can be found here.
  • DfE information for providers can be found here.
  • Information for applicants can be found here.
  • The apprenticeship standard and the end-point assessment plan for the post-graduate teaching apprenticeship are online here.


We do not offer School Direct routes.


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