Teaching Apprenticeships and School Direct

PCP SCITT offers School Direct tuition fee courses in partnership with CTSA. PCP SCITT are also 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.

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:

  • A first 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

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 NQTs and will have the same employment rights as NQTs. 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 2022-23 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.


School Direct (Tuition Fee)

  • A 37 week school-based course, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status 
  • Training days are at either the PCP Centre in Southampton or St Joseph’s Aldershot depending on your location
  • Expert practitioner tutors and mentors
  • A personalised learning plan that blends central training with school-based, hands-on learning. 
  • Training across the 5-11 age range
  • Tuition fee is £9000 (Tuition Fee & Maintenance Loans available to those eligible)
  • You will be supported by a trained mentor. They will work with you to develop your teaching skills by setting regular targets and giving you useful feedback to support your learning journey towards becoming an outstanding teacher.
  • To gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards (2012) and will be guided to prepare a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your achievement. You will also complete 2 written assignments
  • Trainees on the SD tuition fee programme are not employed by schools. 
  • The expectation is that you wish to train directly in a school. This will enable you to work and learn every day in a school and gain an immediate insight into what teaching involves.