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  Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)


University of Derby    College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Full time Any Month Other 12 weeks full time
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Are you an experienced educator with a degree looking to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without further training? The Assessment Only Route to QTS at the University of Derby offers a fast-track pathway to formal qualification in just 12 weeks. This programme is ideal for unqualified teachers, cover supervisors, experienced Further Education lecturers, and overseas trained teachers seeking QTS. Throughout the assessment period, you will be supported by both university assessors and school mentors to demonstrate your teaching skills and meet the Teachers' Standards. The programme requires you to produce a portfolio of evidence, undergo observations, and complete a final oral examination. With QTS, you can advance in your teaching career, access senior roles, and even consider further studies like the MA Education programme. Entry requirements include an undergraduate degree and GCSEs in Mathematics, English Language, and for primary teaching, a Science subject. Take the next step in your teaching journey with the Assessment Only Route to QTS at the University of Derby.

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If you’re an experienced teacher with a degree, the Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is your chance to demonstrate that you already meet all the standards for QTS – without the need for further training.

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We are accepting new applications and providing advice and guidance in readiness for candidates to gain access to the route. Please see the 'How to apply' section for more information on making an application. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact 

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Entry Requirements

Hold an undergraduate degree and evidence with official certificate
Hold GCSE grade 4 or above in Mathematics and English Language or equivalent and evidence with official certification or official statement of results from the awarding body. Information on replacement certificates can be found on the UK Gov website
For primary teaching, you will also need GCSE grade 4 or above in a Science subject. Please note that Key Skills qualifications, Equivalence Tests and OCR Level 2 Adult Literacy and Numeracy are not acceptable alternatives


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