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Assessment only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Assessment only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Key information

Qualification type

QTS - Qualified Teaching Status

Subject areas

Teaching / Training (General) Teacher / Trainer Assessment

Course type


Course Summary

The Assessment Only route is supported and assessed by experienced and expert teachers in schools or other settings and the University.

There are NCTL Assessment Only criteria which you’re expected to meet in full before embarking on the Assessment period.

It’s important to note that this is not a training course – we expect you to be meeting the teachers’ standards before starting the assessment period. It is expected that you have a significant teaching role in a school/setting that is prepared to support you through the assessment period.

You’ll need to provide evidence, in a portfolio, to show that all of the Teachers’ Standards have been met.

This might include: Written lesson observations; Professional dialogue in reviews of progress and targets; "Witness statements" – accounts of specific events and conversations which are particularly pertinent to attainment of the Teachers’ Standards; Assessment reports, including a final written report summarising progress and attainment; Records of professional development activities; Subject knowledge audits; A final claim supported by the collection of evidence submitted in the PLPP. Towards the end of the assessment period, school and University-based professionals will meet with you to discuss your progress and scrutinise evidence. If you’re successful, you’ll be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

The Assessment Only route culminates in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This will enable you to apply for a range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 weeks

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have: Degree level - must hold a degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent. If they're applying for the Secondary route, it's expected that your degree will be related to your subject specialism to ensure an appropriate level of subject knowledge; GCSEs - Secondary route: they must have a Grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE English and Maths. Primary route: they must have a Grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE English, Maths and a Science subject.

University information

Bath Spa University has a long-established reputation which dates back to 1852 and the original Bath School of Art. The University has three main schools of study: The College of Liberal Arts The Bath School of Art and Design The Institute for Education The University offers a wide range of courses across the arts, education studies, sciences, humanities and business management. Bath Spa prides themselves as being a creative...more