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Teaching Assistant to Teacher

Key information

Qualification type

Additional Teaching Qualification

Subject areas

Education Assistants

Course type


Course Summary

The TA to Teacher is a 2 year, school-based, salaried programme which gives trainees experience of working as a Teaching Assistant prior to gaining their PGCE with QTS. This route is delivered jointly with Premier Pathways, one of the country’s leading educational organisations. Trainees spend the first year of the programme in employment as a Teaching Assistant in a school and follow a programme of professional development. In the second year, trainees teach between a 50-90% timetable to 2 consecutive age ranges in the school whilst undertaking the University of Buckingham’s school-based PGCE with QTS. There are three residentials (nine days overall) to attend and these are supplemented by a weekly programme on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will be assigned a University tutor who visits once per term to assess your progress and guide your development. You will be assessed by both your mentor and your tutor and there are three assignments and a second school placement to complete.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should be educated to degree level; hold a C grade or above in their English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent); hold a C grade or above in GCSE Science or equivalent (primary trainees only).