Taught course

Assessment only for Qualified Teacher Status

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

You must be currently employed as an unqualified teacher and have at least two years' experience. You must be a graduate holding an undergraduate degree (2.2 or above) of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent. You must have GCSE Maths, English (for primary and secondary) and Science (for primary) at Grade C/Grade 4 or above (or equivalent). You must have successfully completed the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Months of entry


Course content

Assessment Only is an employment-route to QTS for those with a minimum of two years of recent teaching experience as an unqualified teacher, with at least six months in their current school setting. This route is designed for those with this level of experience who are already meeting the Teachers' Standards at a good or high level and would therefore not need to undertake a full training route in order to achieve QTS.

Assessment Only isn't a training course, but a route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those who are already meeting the Teachers' Standards. Those who are successful in gaining an offer of a place on this route through the recruitment process will have an initial visit from a Canterbury Christ Church University tutor who will carry out lesson observations and have discussions with you (the candidate) and the School’s Assessment Only Coordinator.
When it is agreed that you are ready to start this route you will be registered with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and an initial preparation plan will be produced. You will develop and maintain a Record of Pathway evidencing how you have met and are continuing to meet the Teachers' Standards.
Once registered with the NCTL you will have up to 12 weeks to complete your Record of Pathway to show that you are meeting the standards and to carry out any recommendations following the initial visit that will be outlined in the Initial Development plan. With the support of the School’s Assessment Only Coordinator, you will complete your Record of Pathway and your three "Pupil Progress Bundles" of evidence against the Teachers' Standards.
The Canterbury Christ Church University tutor will return to complete a final assessment which will involve further lesson observations and a check of the Record of Pathway. Those who are successful in this final assessment will be recommended for QTS.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • QTS
    part time
    3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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