• Application Deadline
  • 84 days
    Duration

About

The Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Derby 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 is open to colleagues in Independent Schools, Academies, Special Schools, PRUs

Don’t let the lack of QTS restrict your career prospects. If you’re an experienced teacher with a degree, this route is your chance to demonstrate that you already meet all the standards for QTS – without the need for further training.

Careers

With Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will be able to advance in one of the most satisfying and important careers of all. The qualification opens doors to greater responsibilities, more senior roles and progression up the pay scale.

You could also consider taking your skills and knowledge to the next level. Our MA Education is an excellent option, especially if you have your sights set on more senior roles such as head teacher or deputy head teacher.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 84 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Although there is no formal training linked to the Assessment Only Route, it is expected that you will continue to develop professionally as a teacher and, in particular, further develop your subject knowledge and teaching skills during the assessment period. You will be expected to have a professional mentor in school who will meet with you on a regular basis and also co-ordinate regular lesson observations and constructive feedback. 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    160

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    60

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • hold a good Honours Degree (preferably 2.1 classification). For secondary Assessment Only, we would expect that at least 50% of the degree is in the subject being taught
  • hold GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language or equivalent. 
  • successfully complete the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course.
  • be working as an unqualified teacher (paid or unpaid). 
  • have been observed teaching by the sponsoring school and have your teaching graded as ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’
  • be able to demonstrate that you have experience teaching in two or more schools/colleges, including the school you are currently working at. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1950 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1950 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 84 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1950 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1950 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 84 days.
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The assessment fee for the assessment only route to QTS is £1,950 and can be paid either by the candidate or their sponsoring school.

Funding

  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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