Taught course

Assessment Only Route to QTS

Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree or equivalent. GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent. 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.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Ideal for experienced graduates with substantial teaching experience, this short course is a route to gain Qualified Teaching Status through an assessment of your current teaching.

The Assessment Only Route to QTS allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the Teachers' Standards. It does not include any training and is only suitable if you are currently working as an unqualified teacher.

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:

  • a completed application form, including a personal statement and your teaching timetable
  • a reference from your current employing school or college
  • presentation of comprehensive and detailed evidence to show how you meet the Teachers' Standards for QTS
  • observation and assessment of your teaching in a school
  • evidence of passing the National College for Teaching and Leadership's Professional Skills tests
  • 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.

Fees and funding

There is no National College for Teaching and Leadership funding for the Assessment Only route, therefore you or your supporting school must meet the cost of the assessment.

Fees are:

  • Initial Assessment: £500 (non-refundable)
  • Final Assessment: £1,500
  • Additional visits: £150
  • Travel expenses for each tutor visit, if over 50 miles: 45p per mile

Qualification and course duration


3 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0) 115 848 4200
+44 (0) 115 848 8869