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QTS Direct (Assessment Only Route)

University of Cumbria · Faculty of Education

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Entry requirements

To apply you must have:

  • Degree or equivalent qualification
  • GCSEs grade C in English and mathematics, or equivalent. Additionally grade C GCSE in science if you are applying for assessment in primary age ranges
  • At least two years’ experience of whole-class teaching, i.e. planning, teaching, assessment and reporting
  • Experience of teaching in two or more settings. Otherwise a 20 day teaching experience in another school will be required. This should show some breadth and variety in your experience, eg pupils from different backgrounds, ability range, different approaches to teaching and learning or school organisation and management.
  • Experience of teaching across two or more consecutive age ranges, eg the age ranges for assessment are 3-7 years, 5-11 years, 7-11 years, 7-14 years, 11-16 years, 16-19 years.
  • Evidence which enables you to demonstrate how you already fully meet the Teachers' Standards without the need for further training or experience. (If necessary, you may need to arrange additional teaching to address any gaps in your existing experience)
  • A significant proportion of evidence which is recent, ie the last 12 months. However, evidence from teaching in a second setting could be older. There are no hard and fast rules about the age of evidence. We will make a professional judgement in individual cases.

Months of entry

March, April, September, December

Course content

Achieve QTS with the University of Cumbria via interview, e-portfolio, and assessed practice.

  • Complete the process within only one term
  • Flexible start dates allow you to apply throughout the year
  • Assessments carried out in Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms

This route is perfect for experienced unqualified teachers in maintained or independent schools who teach the English curriculum in primary, secondary, middle or Prep age ranges.

The unique feature of this route is its ‘assessment only’ characteristic. The University of Cumbria does not provide any training. This route is designed for applicants who can demonstrate that they are able to fully meet all of the Teachers’ Standards without the need for further training.

On completion of your assessment your e-portfolio may also contribute to a bridging module towards an MA qualification in Professional Practice. Alternatively you could choose to further your academic qualifications through an online PGCE (non-QTS).

The University of Cumbria has been inspiring teachers through training and professional development for over 100 years, beginning with our founding institutions, St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, so take advantage of our straightforward and supportive route to achieve QTS and help advance your career.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Enquiry Centre
0845 606 1144