Qualified Teacher Status is the United Kingdom’s professional accreditation for teaching.
The Assessment Only Route is a fast-track route (maximum 12 weeks) to gain Qualified Teacher Status for teachers with two or more years’ teaching experience.
Applications are welcome from teachers, who do not hold Qualified Teacher Status, currently teaching in a school in the UK or abroad, providing they meet the necessary criteria. Schools may be state-maintained, independent or international in any country.
A preliminary assessment of your suitability for the Assessment Only Route takes place prior to the start date. A tutor from the University of Buckingham will undertake this assessment at your school, and a decision on your suitability will be made on the day. A second tutor visit will take place within 12 weeks of the course start date and will be a final assessment against the Teaching Standards.
Assessment Only Candidates may apply for a September, January or April start date.
For entry onto the Assessment Only Route, you will be expected to have the following qualifications:
A degree from a UK University or equivalent.
GCSE in English and Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
In addition you must:
Have two years’ teaching experience in at least two 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
Pass the Professional Skills Test prior to the start of the course.
Satisfy criteria based on suitability and aptitude for teaching.
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 be graded as inadequate.
copy of passport photo page (and visa/work permit where necessary)
Terms and conditions for prospective students
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International trainees will also be expected to cover any visa, flight, accommodation, travel and sustenance costs incurred whilst the University tutor visits.
All staff at COBIS member schools get a 5% discount on course fees. To ensure discount is applied please select COBIS from the partnership box on your application form.
As there is no requirement to attend residentials at the University of Buckingham whilst on this course accommodation is not provided.