Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – PRIMARY

Assessment Only Route



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Do you thrive on inspiring the next generation? Are you already making your mark in a school, but do not currently have Qualified Teacher Status? Our QTS Assessment Only Route will enable you to gain qualified status within just 12 weeks.

Available for those wishing to work in primary settings, this route has been specially designed to support graduates who have at least two years’ experience as an unqualified teacher. It recognises the work and experience unqualified teachers have gained and gives them the chance to gain qualified 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).


Why should I choose this course?

  • RAPID ROUTE TO QUALIFICATION – In just 12 weeks, you could be a qualified teacher and specialise in different areas of teaching and learning
  • EXPERT SUPPORT – Throughout the course you will benefit from high quality support from the mentor in your setting
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – This route measures your practical experience gained in the classroom against Teachers' Standards

Our facilities

Our learning spaces at University College Birmingham ensure you have the right environments to build your knowledge, from lecture theatres to interactive group working spaces and extensive library resources.

Course breakdown

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 while 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 (e.g. assessment, behaviour management, differentiation). Some pedagogical theory should be applied.

Entry requirements 

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.

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. Your prior experience will be assessed by the programme team on an individual application basis.

You will be required to demonstrate sufficient breadth and variety of experience to meet all of the Teachers’ Standards.

  • Taught children and young people from different backgrounds, across primary age ranges
  • Gained experience of different approaches to teaching and learning and to school organisation and management

You will also 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

Professional skills test and DBS

Trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course are required to pass the professional skills tests before starting. Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take and have passed 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, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively email any queries to skillstests@pearson.com.

You must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting this course. The University will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

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 who 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 (e.g. 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 includes 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.

Key information

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 2021-2024.

UCBconnect - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, we have created a platform called UCBconnect, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation via text and email to complete your user registration and join UCBconnect. For more information, please visit ucb.ac.uk/ucbconnect.

I will be forever grateful for the support I received from University College Birmingham. I made three different calls to three different settings and can honestly say that the University gave me all the information I needed. This was why I was certain it was the place to go.

Trudy Pitts Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Assessment Only Route

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Primary school teacher

Average Salary: £29,364

Special educational needs teacher

Average Salary: £29,364


Average Salary: £55,235


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