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Assessment Only Route to QTS (Primary or Secondary)

Course Description

This short course is designed for very experienced graduates with substantial successful teaching experience, who currently work as unqualified teachers. It does not include any training and is only suitable if you are currently working as an unqualified teacher.

Supported by your school or college, the course allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the QTS standards through assessment of your current teaching. A successful assessment leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

How will I be assessed?

The assessment takes place in the school or college where you are currently employed. Full support by your employer is essential to ensure the assessments can take place.

The assessment process

The assessment will include:

1. a completed application form, including a personal statement and your teaching timetable
2. a reference from your current employing school or college
3. presentation of comprehensive and detailed evidence to show how you meet the Teachers' Standards for QTS
4. observation and assessment of your teaching in a school
5. evidence of passing the National College for Teaching and Leadership's Professional Skills tests
6. a DBS (formerly CRB) enhanced disclosure clearance and appropriate medical checks.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessment will be completed within a maximum period of 12 weeks. If a longer period or training is required, then an alternative training programme can be advised.

As school observations are required, the assessment can not take place over school holidays. Therefore, assessments will not take place until the Autumn term for any applications made after the Easter period.

Subjects we can support:

Primary education
Applied Information and Communication Technology
Art and Design
Business Education
Computer Science
Design and Technology
Geology / Earth Science
Health and Social care
Information and Communication Technology
Leisure and Tourism
Media Studies
Modern Languages
Physical Education
Religious Education
Social Science.

For Early Years teaching, see our Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Assessment Only) course.

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to the University via the online application system at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apply.


If your application is successful, the initial interview and observation will take place in the school/college where you are currently employed.

You will be required to:
present a portfolio of evidence to meet the Teachers' Standards for QTS
provide original copies of relevant qualifications.

We can advise you of how to complete your portfolio before attending the interview.

Visit the Assessment Only Route to QTS (Primary or Secondary) page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good UK honours degree. GCSE English and Mathematics (and Science for Primary teaching) at minimum grade C. Relevant and recent experience of teaching in at least two schools / colleges prior to being assessed against the Teachers' Standards and the ability to evidence this. Teaching experience across two or more consecutive age ranges. The ability to read effectively and good verbal and written communication skills in Standard English. Professional Skills Tests. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Course Fees

£2,000 (+ additional visits and travel expenses are required)

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