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What Our Students Say

“Before I came to Leeds City College, I was in school, I was in such a bad way at school, skiving lessons all the time, teachers always on my case, getting kicked out numerous times almost. So I applied for here just hoping to get on a course, I got accepted – it was entry Level 3. Dave was my tutor and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better as a tutor, because he just helped me. He helped me with every regard, with Maths and English, workshop work, the theory side of the workshop work – telling me how everything is and showing me what’s what.”


“I decided to study at Leeds City College because I liked the equipment and the rooms that they had, and I liked how it was a whole new space – it had only recently been built so everything was brand spanking new and it looked really clean and really nice.”


“So the tutors are great for a number of reasons – they’re casual, you don’t feel like you’re being forced to do anything that’s uncomfortable, they’re not strict, they’ll have a laugh with you if you want to and they know how to get stuff done when they need to if we’re on a bit of a time crunch, but they also know how to have a bit of fun and not put pressure on you – and they’re great, they’re always there to give you information if you need it for at-home tasks and they’re always on Google Hangouts to message you if you need anything and they get back to you really quickly.”


Course Information


Are you ready to dive into the world of secondary teaching and pass on your
specialist knowledge? Take this postgraduate, work-based route into the sector
and benefit from paid employment status along with 80% on-the-job training and
20% off-the-job-training.

During your Initial Teacher Training (ITT), you will be employed by a school
within the Luminate Partnership for ITT for 15 months. You may already be
working at a school as an unqualified teacher or teaching assistant.

As part of the 80% on-the-job training, you will work as an unqualified
teacher for four days of the week which will predominantly take place in your
employing school. You will also spend at least 20% of your time off-timetable
developing the professional expertise and core knowledge expected of teachers of
secondary age pupils, including your understanding of how to teach your
specialist subject. This will usually take place one day per working week.

Benefit from our excellent links with our secondary partnership schools and
academies within the Luminate Partnership for ITT, spending a minimum of 120
days in these settings, supported by school mentors, class teachers and
university-based tutors. You will be placed in your employing school for the
majority of the year. However, to ensure compliance with statutory Initial
Teacher Training criteria and supporting advice issued by the Department for
Education, you will also gain experience in different school settings. One of
your short placement experiences will be in an alternative setting within the
Luminate Partnership for ITT, such as an SEMH/SEND school.

After successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be assessed
against the Teachers’ Standards required to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status
(QTS). You will then complete a final assessment, known as an End Point
Assessment (EPA), at the start of your Early Career Teacher (ECT) year.

*The course is salaried. Employers that pay into the apprenticeship levy will
be able to use up to £9,000 of funding from their apprenticeship service account
to cover the cost of training and assessing the apprentice.

Benefits and skills

To prepare you well for your future role as a teacher of secondary education, you will benefit from the unique experiences that being a trainee within the Luminate Partnership for ITT will provide. Through the partnership, you will have access to a large number of specialised settings. The experience you gain within these specialist settings through your compulsory alternative placement experience is invaluable and will enhance your professional profile and skills.

We will draw on the strengths of the partnership to support your continuous professional learning, early career development and upward in-work progression. You will have frequent opportunities to meet and work with other professionals across the sites within the partnership so that effective practice can be shared and developed.

As part of your third placement experience, and at the latter stage of the academic year, all trainees who are on track to meet the Teachers’ Standards will participate in a ‘School Adoption’ week. During adoption week, you will be given the opportunity to experience the role of a secondary teacher under increasingly real conditions, developing a range of additional skills.

Entry requirements

All applicants will need to fulfil the following entry criteria to be offered a place on the programme:

  • Achieved at least a grade 4 (C) or above in both English Language and Maths GCSEs (or approved equivalents).
  • Hold and be able to provide certified evidence of having passed a relevant undergraduate degree programme with honours conferred by a UK higher education institution or an equivalent qualification.

Successful applicants must complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and be cleared to teach by the accredited provider, ensuring they are not barred from working with young people or excluded from teaching. Candidates will also be required to sign up for the update service.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

  • Employment opportunities within and outside of the Luminate Partnership for ITT upon successful completion of your training.
  • After successful completion of the award, you may wish to develop your expertise and career prospects further by completing the Masters in Education on a part-time basis.

Assessment types

Assessment will consist of a combination of teaching observations and an individual progress journal that contributes towards the achievement of each of the Teachers’ Standards.

The award of Qualified Teacher Status is the gateway to End Point Assessment (EPA) and, once QTS has been achieved, the EPA must be completed within three months. As required by the national standard, the EPA consists of the following:

  • A lesson observation that is observed and assessed by an external assessor from an EPA organisation (an accredited ITT provider on the register of apprenticeship assessment organisations who has been independent to the training process).
  • A professional discussion which will assess your knowledge, skills and behaviours with regard to the Teachers’ Standards. This will be conducted by an expert panel and will include an external assessor from an EPA organisation, a tutor from the university and a representative from the school at which you are employed.

The EPA will be graded outstanding, pass or inadequate.

Course details

Duration: 15 months
Course Code: 77556-01

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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