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Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Assessment Only Route

University College Birmingham · School of Education, Health and Community

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Entry requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

Degree: You will need a degree with a grade of 2.2 or above in a discipline of Early Childhood Studies, Childhood Studies, Education Studies, Psychology, Sociology, English, Mathematics, Dance, Drama, Performing Art, Sports or similar.

Level 2 Requirements: You need to have a GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject (BTEC Level 2 science is also accepted at Merit or above). International qualifications are also accepted, they must be recognised by NARIC as equivalent and meet the requirement for The National College for Teaching and Leadership for Initial Teacher Training. In some cases, English Language may not be accepted from the country of origin.

Department for Education: Pass the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests, before beginning this route.

Teaching Experience: You will also need to have a minimum of two years teaching experience across at least two different schools and two different age groups.

You will also need to provide:

  • Two written references acknowledging your teaching experience
  • A letter of support from the school you currently work in, on headed paper, confirming that they will support you through the Assessment Only Route

Additional: Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) before starting this course. UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Professional skills test

Trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course from September 2015 will be required to pass the professional skills tests before starting their course. Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take the tests before we can select you for interview.

If you would like to speak to someone about the skills tests, contact the Professional Skills Tests candidate help desk. The helpdesk can be reached on 0845 450 8867, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Alternatively email any queries to skillstests@pearson.com.

Applying for the professional skills test

It is important that you are equipped with the right information before booking, and take with you the right documents when attending the skills test centres. Any candidates that do not follow the below process will be turned away, and may lose their first free attempt at taking the skills tests.

Booking the skills test:

You can book your skills test once you have submitted your application.

What you need to take with you:

Two forms of identification - a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.

You'll also need to take proof of your teacher training application. Evidence that will be accepted:

  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

For more information please visit the STA website or the Get into Teaching website.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are already making your mark in a school and thrive on inspiring the next generation, but do not have Qualified Teacher Status, the good news is that you can rectify this and in the space of 12 weeks.

Our QTS Assessment Only route has been specially designed to support graduates who have at least two years experience as an unqualified teacher.

This route recognises the work and experience unqualified teachers have gained during their professional career and gives them the chance to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Whether you work in a mainstream school or one for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), completion of this route will lead to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) status, enabling you to continue your journey in a profession which boasts a competitive salary, generous pension and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Fees and funding

UK students
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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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