Taught course

Assessment Only Route to QTS

Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C or equivalent.
  • Two years’work experience in a related role; current employment in a related field.

Other requirements:

  • 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;
  • Interview;
  • Professional ITT Skills Tests
  • You must provide satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks as part of the assessment process.
  • If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.


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; and
  • provide original copies of relevant qualifications.

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.

You must be based in a UK school, teaching the English National Curriculum. Supported by your school or college, the course allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the QTS standards.

A successful assessment leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and allows you to begin your Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction.

Assessment Only courses are available for Early Years teachers, Primary and Secondary 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.

Qualification and course duration


3 months

Course contact details

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