School of Education

Assessment Only (AO) Route to Qualified Teacher Status – Secondary

  • Full-time
  • Entry requirements: Please see the entry requirements tab below

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For entry onto the Assessment Only Route, you will be expected to have the following qualifications:

  • A first degree from a UK University or equivalent.
  • GCSE in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
  • You must be employed in a school.

In addition, you must:

  • Have two years’ teaching experience in at least two contrasting schools, one of which may be your current school. (For candidates who have taught in only one school, a minimum three-week teaching placement in another school will be required prior to the start of the course. The University of Buckingham may be able to assist in organising a placement school.)
  • Demonstrate that you meet all of the Teaching Standards across the age-range of assessment, as stipulated by the Department of Education.
  • Be teaching your subject to full classes for at least 50% (approximately 12 hours per week) of a full school timetable in the assessed age range
  • Demonstrate competence in basic literacy and numeracy.
  • Show you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
  • Satisfy criteria based on suitability and aptitude for teaching. This includes Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks and children’s barred list information. Candidates who have lived or worked outside the UK must undergo the same checks as all other staff in schools and colleges. In addition, further checks may be carried out. The Home Office has published guidance on criminal record checks for overseas applicants.

The employing school must be able to fully support a candidate through the course, enabling them to demonstrate all of the Teachers’ Standards across the full age and ability range of training, and cannot have been graded as inadequate by Ofsted.

How to apply

Please use the ‘Apply’ button (above) or contact The School of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email education@buckingham.ac.uk.

To apply you will need to supply:

  • copy of degree certificate
  • copy of English and Maths GCSE certificates
  • copy of passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)

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