Non-NTU Award

Assessment Only Route to QTS (Primary)

Teacher in classroom with pupils
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Practitioner / Professional / Short course / Non-credit
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: Various
  • Course duration: Maximum of 12 weeks

Primary teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

Ideal for experienced graduates with substantial teaching experience, this short course is a route to gain Qualified Teaching Status for the Primary age range through an assessment of your current teaching.

You must be based in a UK school, teaching the English National Curriculum. Supported by your school or college, the course allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the QTS standards.

A successful assessment leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and allows you to begin your Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction.

Separate Assessment Only courses are available for Early Years teachers and Secondary teaching.

What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

The Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the Teachers' Standards for Primary teaching. It does not include any training and is only suitable if you are currently working in the UK as an unqualified teacher.

  • Assessment structure

    How will I be assessed?

    The assessment takes place in the school or college where you are currently employed. Full support by your employer is essential to ensure the assessments can take place. If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

    The assessment process

    The assessment will include:

    • a completed application form, including a personal statement and your teaching timetable
    • a reference from your current employing school or college
    • presentation of comprehensive and detailed evidence to show how you meet the Teachers' Standards for QTS
    • observation and assessment of your teaching in a school
    • evidence of passing the National College for Teaching and Leadership's Professional Skills tests
    • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks.

    How long does the assessment take?

    The assessment will be completed within a maximum period of 12 weeks. If a longer period or training is required, then an alternative training programme can be advised.

    As school observations are required, the assessment can not take place over school holidays. Therefore, assessments will not take place until the Autumn term for any applications made after the Easter period.

    Placements

    This course does not currently offer placements. Applicants must have access to a UK teaching environment where they can be assessed prior to applying.

Careers and employability

As an unqualified teacher you may be able to teach in the independent sector, but Qualified Teacher Status is essential to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade 4 / C or equivalent.
  • Two years’work experience in a related role; current employment in a related field.

Other requirements:

  • Relevant and recent experience of teaching in at least two schools / colleges prior to being assessed against the Teachers' Standards and the ability to evidence this;
  • Teaching experience across two or more consecutive age ranges;
  • The ability to read effectively and good verbal and written communication skills in Standard English;
  • Interview;
  • Professional ITT Skills Tests
  • You must provide satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks as part of the assessment process.
  • If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

Interview

If your application is successful, the initial interview and observation will take place in the school/college where you are currently employed.

You will be required to:

  • present a portfolio of evidence to meet the Teachers' Standards for QTS; and
  • provide original copies of relevant qualifications.

We can advise you of how to complete your portfolio before attending the interview.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Further information on entry requirements

Professional ITT skills tests

If you apply for a teacher training course then you must pass professional ITT skills tests in numeracy and literacy as part of the application process. You must pass these tests before you start the course.

Registration and booking for the skills tests is available on the Department for Education website.

Find out more about the tests and how to prepare for them with our teacher training skills tests FAQs sheet.

Applicants must be based in a UK school, teaching the English National Curriculum.

How to apply

Read our guidance notes about the Assessment Only Route and the Supporting Information.

Applications should be made directly to the University. Use the Apply button above.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Also ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail. folder, when you have applied. We may need to contact you during this time.

As school observations are required, the assessment can not take place over school holidays. Therefore, assessments will not take place until the Autumn term for any applications made after the Easter period.

If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Diversity of our students

We are committed to promoting a diverse and representative body of teachers. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, such as male applicants, applicants from BME communities, mature applicants and those with disabilities.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

There is no National College for Teaching and Leadership funding for the Assessment Only route, therefore you or your supporting school must meet the cost of the assessment.

Fees

  • Initial Assessment: £500 (non-refundable)
  • Final Assessment: £1,500
  • Additional visits: £150

There could be an additional charge for travel and accommodation if you are more than 50 miles away from the University. If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

Still need help?

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