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Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)


Sept 2020

Start date

12 weeks

Course duration


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Qualified Teacher Status is the United Kingdom’s professional accreditation for teaching.  It is often required by schools in the UK.  The University of Buckingham is one of the leading providers of QTS. The Assessment Only Route is a fast-track route (with a 12-week assessment period) to gain Qualified Teacher Status for teachers with two or more years’ teaching experience or those who have completed the International PGCE. 

Applications are welcome from teachers who do not hold Qualified Teacher Status and are currently teaching in a school in the UK or abroad, providing they meet the necessary criteria. Schools may be state or independent.   International schools abroad must be following the English national curriculum or IB.

For 2020/21, the course will be conducted in English.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the Assessment Only Route, you will be expected to have the following qualifications:

  • A first degree from a UK university or equivalent.
  • GCSE in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and a science if teaching 5-11 year olds.
  • Be employed in a school.

In addition you must:

  • Have two years’ teaching experience in at least two contrasting schools, one of which may be your current school. (For candidates who have taught in only one school, or one type of school, a minimum three-week teaching placement in a contrasting school will be required prior to the start of the course as agreed with the university).
  • Demonstrate that you meet all of the Teaching Standards across the age-range of assessment, as stipulated by the UK Department for Education.
  • Be teaching your subject to full classes for at least 50% (approximately 12 hours per week) of a full school timetable in the assessed age range across two adjacent Key Stages or age phases. 
  • Demonstrate basic literacy and numeracy.
  • Show you have the physical and mental capacity to teach.
  • Satisfy criteria based on suitability and aptitude for teaching. This includes Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks and children’s barred list information. Candidates who have lived or worked outside the UK must undergo the same checks as all other staff in schools and colleges. In addition, further checks may be carried out. The Home Office has published guidance on criminal record checks for overseas applicants.

The employing school must be able to fully support a candidate through the course, enabling them to demonstrate all of the Teachers’ Standards across the full age and ability range of training, and cannot be graded as inadequate.


International - £3,000

International trainees will also be expected to cover any visa, flight, accommodation, travel and sustenance costs incurred whilst the university tutor visits.

All staff at COBIS member schools get a 5% discount on course fees. To ensure discount is applied please select COBIS from the partnership box on your application form.

How to apply

To start the application process, please click the APPLY button to online submit your information.

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  • 英国大学学士学位或同等学历。
  • 英国普通中等教育证书(GCSE)的英语和数学等级为C/4或以上(或同等水平证书),如果教授对象为5-11岁的学生,则需要提供科学课成绩证明。
  • 当前在学校工作。


  • 至少在两所不同的学校有两年以上教学经验,其中一所可以是你现在在职的学校。(对于只在一所学校或一种类型的学校任教过的申请人,在课程开始前,需要在另一所学校进行至少三周的教学实习)。
  • 证明你符合英国教育部规定的所有年龄段的教学标准。
  • 在两个相邻的年级(或年龄阶段)完整教授你的科目,或至少完成课表规定课时的50%时间(大约每周12小时)。
  • 展示基本的读写和算术能力。
  • 表现出你有支持教学的身体素质和心理能力。
  • 满足基于适合性和教学能力的要求。这包括披露和禁止服务(DBS)犯罪记录检查和儿童行业禁入名单信息核查。在英国以外居住或工作的申请人必须接受与其他学校和大学职员同样的入职调查,或进一步的检查。更多细节可参考英国内政部发布的关于检查海外申请者犯罪记录的指导意见。



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