This Assessment Only route to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) provides you with a unique opportunity to gain a QTS qualification. It’s designed for those who are already working in a school as an unqualified teacher. Successfully pass this 12-week programme and you’ll be recommended for QTS accreditation.
If you have two years’ experience in schools and are working in a teaching role, then this programme could be for you.
As this is ‘assessment only’, it does not provide any training. Therefore, you will need to meet the following requirements:
You will undertake a rigorous assessment prior to acceptance on the programme, to ensure that you will be able to demonstrate that you are meeting the Teacher Standards by the end of the 12 weeks.
Once the programme has started, you will build evidence on our online portfolio system, including reflections on your practice and a case study. You will receive support and guidance from a university tutor (all of whom are very experienced classroom practitioners). You will also receive support in your place of work from a more experienced member of staff acting as a mentor. Please see the Assessment section for further information.
Assessment for this course is divided into the pre-assessment phase and the formal assessment phase.
To complete the pre-assessment, you must prepare an audit of your teaching experience against the Teaching Standards (2012). You’ll then attend an initial assessment meeting to fully evaluate your experience and identify areas for development during the formal assessment phase. Please note that you’ll only proceed to the formal assessment phase if the tutor considers that you can achieve the standards for QTS within the available time frame.
The formal assessment phase will then take place over a 12-week block, which will be triggered following a successful first assessment visit from the university tutor.
To pass the formal assessment phase, you must present portfolio evidence that demonstrates you’ve achieved the teaching standards across two key stages. Your university mentor will make a further two assessment visits to your school placement during this phase. They will be responsible for training and ensuring that the Teaching Standards are being correctly assessed.
At the end of this phase, your mentor will complete a final assessment and you will present a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates that you have consistently met the teaching standards across two key stages. University tutors will then consider the evidence. If you’re successful, you’ll be recommended to the Teaching Regulation Agency for the award of QTS.
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course.
As this is an assessment only route to QTS, there are no specific modules. Please refer to the Assessment section for information on how you will progress to your QTS accreditation.
Teachers who attend this assessment-only route have gone on to increase their earnings and responsibilities in their careers, thanks to the QTS accreditation.