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Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 weeks

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

QTS - Qualified Teaching Status

Subject areas

Teaching / Training (General) Teacher / Trainer Assessment

Course type


Course Summary

The Assessment Only Route enables you to become formally qualified within a short space of time while you continue to teach. It takes 12 weeks of assessment to secure QTS and you can start on any of the start dates shown below. You are required to demonstrate that you are a reflective practitioner who has met the Teachers’ Standards and can apply your skills, knowledge and understanding effectively in a wide range of school settings. In addition, you need to show that you can relate theory to practice and to evaluate critically the fundamental aims and values of education.

As part of your route to QTS, you will be assessed while you are teaching by staff from both your school and the University. During the assessment period, your supporting school will need to ensure that you have sufficient opportunity to meet the Teachers' Standards. You will need to comply with National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) requirements, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and meeting ‘Fitness to Teach’ regulations, plus any other relevant current legislation relating to the Teaching Profession.

With Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will be able to advance in one of the most satisfying and important careers of all. The qualification opens doors to greater responsibilities, more senior roles and progression up the pay scale. You could also consider taking your skills and knowledge to the next level. Our MA Education is an excellent option, especially if you have your sights set on more senior roles such as head teacher or deputy head teacher.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Fees are based on the location from the University of Derby, DE221GB: Up to 50 miles - £2300; 51-74 miles - £2300 + £60 extra per visit; 75-100 miles - £2300 + £120 extra per visit.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Students will need to: Hold an undergraduate degree; Hold GCSE grade 4 or above in Mathematics and English Language or equivalent. For primary teaching, you will also need GCSE grade 4 or above in a Science subject. Please note that Key Skills qualifications, Equivalence Tests and OCR Level 2 Adult Literacy and Numeracy are not acceptable alternatives.

University information

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is a modern institution offering applied, research-informed teaching in high-quality, technically advanced facilities. Whether you are progressing directly from undergraduate study, want to change your career, or pursue your passion for a subject you love, there are options to suit you. We cater for your personal circumstances, with full-time, part-time and online learning available in...more