Teacher Apprenticeship - Level 6

Employer-based training

Learn while you work in your own school setting

Flexible approach

You’ll undertake degree-level learning, with a blend of on-campus and online sessions

Off-the-job development

20% of your working hours will be spent on study

Gain the vital skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified teacher while being employed in a school.

During our Teacher Apprenticeship you’ll benefit from lots of experience of on-the-job teaching, with 6 hours per week of your time dedicated to your own learning and development. We’ll also give you bespoke support, assign you an academic mentor and work-based education officer, and welcome you to Staffordshire University’s wider community of trainee teachers.

You’ll plan engaging lessons, explore behaviour management techniques and discover how children develop and learn. By combining theory and practice, the apprenticeship will equip you to become a successful and confident teacher.

Who is it for?

Our exciting new apprenticeship route will place you at the national forefront of plans to transform the teaching workforce.

The Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship is a flexible way for staff to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will need to be employed as a Trainee Teacher or unqualified teacher. Apprentices need to be contracted for 30 hours per week.

Whether you to want to focus on primary or secondary education, we can support you to achieve your career goals.

As well as online resources and support from staff in your own school, you will have some sessions at Staffordshire University and will complete a placement at a second school. This will help widen your experience and enable you to share ideas and draw on the latest evidence-based practice.

On successful completion of your training, you will undertake an end-point assessment and will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. You will also receive an Apprenticeship Certificate

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship

Stoke-on-Trent campus
15 months
Start date(s)


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Course content

The course is designed to combine university-based research-informed teaching and school-based experience, enabling the trainees to see how theory and practice are entwined. University days are designed to support the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to meet the apprenticeship standards.

Modules support individuals to engage with new professional and practice knowledge to inform their teacher development.  Individuals will be supported by an academic mentor and work-based education officer to progress their application of new knowledge and skills in a teacher context. 


Teaching a Knowledge Rich Curriculum

Educational and Professional Issues

Teaching Practice (The Emerging to Established Teacher)

Entry requirements

  • A 2.2 degree or above
  • Maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • English GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Science GCSE at grade C/4 or above (if primary)
  • An enhanced DBS and Occupation Health check (employer-led)


For levy-paying organisations the cost is paid from their digital account at a rate of £9,000. For non-levy paying organisations the cost is £450.

Delivery and assessment


Teaching will be on the job and a blend of off the job training in university and online sessions each week. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.


Observations of practice will support your ongoing development towards to meet the apprenticeship standards and those required for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. Module assessments are supported by application of practice.

Module assessments will be carried out during your training to support your teacher development.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right of abode in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning
  • Able to complete the apprenticeship in contracted working hours
  • Be an employee (have a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship) on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Be in a new job role (nine months or less), or in an existing job role, where significant new knowledge and skills are needed - employer statement of justification needed (relevant to the apprenticeship)
  • Be in full-time employment for at least 30 hours a week (37.5 for nursing apprenticeships)
  • Has the right to work in England
  • Maintain a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets your needs
  • Not be enrolled on another apprenticeship at the same time
  • Participate in reviews with the employer and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Administer the funding and running of the Apprenticeship Standard to an acceptable standard of quality and in compliance with the ESFAs requirements
  • Agree jointly between the University, the Employer and Apprentice, an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) ensuring that satisfactory progress is achieved and to ensure that the contents of the ILP fulfil the requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment, which meets the needs of the Apprentice
  • Provide off-the-job learning and assessment and oversee the on-the-job skills development as detailed in the ILP
  • Provide support on the selection of the endpoint assessor, if applicable. The endpoint assessment will be completed by the learning provider for all integrated degrees


With Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll be qualified to teach in primary or secondary schools across England depending on the route you choose.

During the first two years after qualifying, you will be supported within the Early Career Framework. You will be supported as an Early Career Teacher in your current setting during your first two of teaching.

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.


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