Taught course

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)-Primary (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.

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. Your prior experience will be assessed by the programme team on an individual application basis.

You will be required to demonstrate sufficient breadth and variety of experience to meet all of the Teachers’ Standards.

  • Taught children and young people from different backgrounds, across primary age ranges.
  • Gained experience of different approaches to teaching and learning and to school organisation and management.

You will also 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.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Do you thrive on inspiring the next generation? Are you already making your mark in a school, but do not currently have Qualified Teacher Status? Our QTS Assessment Only Route will enable you to gain qualified status within just 12 weeks.

Available for those wishing to work in primary settings, this route has been specially designed to support graduates who have at least two years’ experience as an unqualified teacher. It recognises the work and experience unqualified teachers have gained and gives them the chance to gain qualified 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).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
0121 604 1040