Teacher Apprenticeship


Teacher Apprenticeship
Start Date:

May 2022



Course Type



1 year


Level 6 (postgraduate)

Fees and funding

Higher and degree apprenticeships are paid for by employers, not apprentices. More details on how the levy works can be found here.

Course Details

Course overview

This apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity for those with a passion for teaching to combine on the job training with academic study at one of the largest and highly rated providers of teacher training in the UK. Apprentices can choose to focus on either primary or secondary and will follow the same programme structure as our PGCE.  

The Primary programme is for primary teachers of children aged 3-11 years old.  This route covers both the core and wider primary curriculums. Apprentices will attend the University campus one day a week, most likely on a Friday. 

The Secondary programme is for secondary school teachers for children aged 11-16 years old (11 – 18 years for History and English). At Roehampton we offer all the national curriculum subjects, giving apprentices a wide choice of specialism. Apprentices will attend the University campus one day a week, most likely on a Wednesday. 

All apprentices will complete the professional studies module which includes topics such as education theory, special educational needs, how to work with parents and best practice in a classroom.   

Apprentices will be supported throughout the programme by our experienced tutors.  

For a full breakdown of the course content and modules please see either:  

PGCE Primary 

PGCE Secondary

Career Options

Completion of this one-year course will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from one of the highest rated providers in the country. You can go on to work as a teacher in primary or secondary schools 

How to apply

Employers – If you are an employer and would like to offer apprenticeships at your organisation, please get in touch with us by emailing apprenticeships@roehampton.ac.uk  

We can provide you with all the information and guidance you need to set these up.  

Student – If you are interested in completing this apprenticeship yourself, please speak to your employer to see if they offer an apprenticeship programme. We would be more than happy to speak to them about setting one up, so please do ask them to get in touch with us if they don’t have something in place.  


Apprentices are based in their employing school for the majority of their training year, but there is also a requirement for a 6-week* placement in a second, contrasting school to increase the apprentice’s breadth of experience. These weeks will include the regular on-campus days at Roehampton.

For both placements (host and contrasting), primary apprentices should be placed in one class, with an experienced class teacher; apprentices should not be allocated to a class as the only teacher. Apprentices will require half a day of PPA time per week, to be taken with their class teacher, who will offer support with planning and preparation. Class teachers will observe their apprentice weekly, and hold a weekly review meeting with their apprentice following this observation (1 hour).

* 12 weeks if the employing school is a Special School to meet the requirements to gain QTS.