Taught course

Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

University of Derby · Department of PG and Initial Teacher Education

Entry requirements

Please see our website for further information.

Months of entry

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

Course content

Do you have considerable experience working in education but still need to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)? Our Assessment Only Route to QTS could be ideal if you are:

  • Working as an unqualified teacher – paid or unpaid – or if you have extensive recent experience of teaching in a school or college.
  • A cover supervisor, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) or supply teacher
  • An experienced Further Education lecturer now working in a school and keen to gain QTS
  • An overseas trained teacher who does not automatically qualify for QTS or who did not gain QTS within the four-year limit

The Assessment Only Route enables you to become formally qualified within a short space of time while you continue to teach. It takes 12 weeks of assessment to secure QTS and you can start at any time of the year.

You will be expected to demonstrate that you are a reflective practitioner, have met the Teachers’ Standards, and can apply your skills and knowledge in a wide range of school settings. In addition, you will have clearly demonstrated your ability to relate theory to practice, and be able to critically evaluate the fundamental aims and values of education.

Qualification and course duration


full time
3 months

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