We offer Primary and Secondary Teaching Apprenticeships leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status and the option, at an extra cost,  for a Masters’ level PGCE through our partner University.


Upon successful completion of the Teaching Apprenticeship, including the End Point Assessment, all apprentices will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).



Through our partnership with the Manchester Metropolitan University, you could gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCert) alongside your Teaching Apprenticeship. The PGCert offers you an additional academic qualification and awards 60 credits at Masters’ level – that’s 1/3 of the 180 credits required for a Masters’’ degree. The Masters’ credits are transferrable and have a five-year expiry date.

The PGCert includes a mix of high quality blended learning techniques as well as some face-to-face tutor-led sessions, delivered at Star Institute. The incorporation of blended learning provides flexibility and allows a bespoke programme of learning to fit around the QTS and the demands of the Teaching Apprenticeship. Blended learning strategies will include: webinars, live chats, discussion forums and full access to the University’s online VLE resources.

In order to gain the PGCert, you will need to complete two modules and two written assignments. Manchester Metropolitan University will provide a personal tutor for each PGCert apprentice enrolled with Star Institute, who will provide academic support and guidance in relation to the modules and assignments.

If you choose to follow the QTS plus PGCert route, you will also have access to the Manchester Metropolitan’s facilities, including full library access and lending rights; ICT support and access to on-line learning resources held by the university.

The fees for the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are £9,000. The Apprenticeship Levy at the employing school is to be used for this fee to upskill unqualified staff. If an apprentice wishes to complete a PGCE, the additional cost is £1100 (2019/2020).  This cost cannot be covered by the Apprenticeship Levy.