Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Assessment Only Route

Overview (NV)

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Assessment Only Route

Route length
12 weeks
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If you are already making your mark in a school and thrive on inspiring the next generation, but do not have Qualified Teacher Status, the good news is that you can rectify this and in the space of 12 weeks.

Our QTS Assessment Only route has been specially designed to support graduates who have at least two years experience as an unqualified teacher.

This route recognises the work and experience unqualified teachers have gained during their professional career and gives them the chance to gain Qualified Teacher 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). 

Ready to take the leap?

To be eligible to apply, you will need a minimum of a 2:2 in any BA or BSc (Hons) degree and at least two years teaching experience across at least two different schools and two different age groups. Please view the entry requirements tab for more detailed information. 

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Unlimited resits – teacher entry test

Even if you are already teaching at an unqualified level, you will need to pass the professional skills test – required to enter initial teacher training - to enrol on this route. The great news, however, is that you are now able to do unlimited resits.

On top of this, the Department for Education is also allowing two extra resits to be taken for free before fees apply. Find out more here

Why should I choose this course?

  • In 12 weeks, you could be a qualified teacher
  • The route measures your practical experience in your workplace against Teachers' Standards
  • Develop your career and specialise in different areas of teaching and learning
  • High quality support from the mentor in your setting


At UCB, it was amazing being around like minded people who felt passionate about the same things as me, people who continue to motivate and inspire me in so many ways. The advice I would give anyone in my previous position is that it’s never too late. If you have a dream, reach for it. Take that first step and just let it happen.

Louise Whitehouse – QTS Assessment Only


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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

There are no lectures on this route, but you will be assessed on your ability to teach effectively and to provide evidence that you have met all of the standards for Qualified Teaching Status.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

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.

Department for Education: Pass the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests, before beginning this route.

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.

You will also need to 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

Additional: Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) before starting this course. UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Professional skills test 

Trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course from September 2015 will be required to pass the professional skills tests before starting their course. Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take the tests before we can select you for interview. 

If you would like to speak to someone about the skills tests, contact the Professional Skills Tests candidate help desk. The helpdesk can be reached on 0845 450 8867, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Alternatively email any queries to skillstests@pearson.com

Applying for the professional skills test

It is important that you are equipped with the right information before booking, and take with you the right documents when attending the skills test centres. Any candidates that do not follow the below process will be turned away, and may lose their first free attempt at taking the skills tests. 

Booking the skills test:

You can book your skills test once you have submitted your application.

What you need to take with you:

Two forms of identification - a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.

You'll also need to take proof of your teacher training application. Evidence that will be accepted:

  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university 

For more information please visit the STA website or the Get into Teaching website.

Modules (NV)


There are no set modules for this route. In your setting, you will be assigned a mentor to help you complete an action plan as part of your induction. Over the 12 weeks, you will be observed whilst you teach within your classroom. Your teaching performance will be assessed and evaluated and you will be provided with feedback. The evidence you provide will be compared against the standards and observations and a final judgement will be made determining your success.

You are required to submit a 1,500 word essay/report detailing how you have developed three areas of classroom practice, for example; assessment, behaviour management, differentiation. Some pedagogical theory should be applied.

Employability (NV)


Gaining Qualified Teacher Status increases your career prospects and employment opportunities and enables you to progress to more senior positions within the industry such as curriculum leader, deputy head or headteacher.


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

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Louise Whitehouse

PGCE Qualified Teacher Status Assessment Only Route

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