Assessment Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

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Overview

If you’re an unqualified teacher, teaching in a school and with at least two years' experience, Assessment Only (AO) provides an efficient route to qualified teacher status (QTS).

The AO route doesn’t include any training – it is not a course as such.  The AO route was developed by the Department for Education for very experienced teachers who can demonstrate meeting all the standards for QTS without teacher training.

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To complete this route, you will have taught for two years or more, taught in at least two schools, and have substantial experience in two consecutive age phases.  You will have demonstrated the ability to use and evaluate distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support pupils with special educational needs and pupils who speak English as an additional language.

Modules

Employability

On completion of this route you will be recommended for QTS. From this point schools will employ you as a qualified teacher.

To complete this route, you’ll need to demonstrate that you meet all the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011).

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Entry requirements

Before we can accept you onto the route you will:

  • have provided sufficient evidence of your capacity to meet the Teachers’ Standards without any additional training
  • have taught in at least two schools with responsibility for continuous planning, teaching and assessment
  • have achieved a standard equivalent to a level 4 (grade C if taken before 2017) in GCSE English, mathematics and (for primary teachers) a science subject
  • hold a first degree or equivalent qualification
  • have passed the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy (for applications received before 1st April 2020). From April 2020, this is no longer a requirement
  • provide evidence of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) record
  • provide evidence of having the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm

How to apply

If you are interested in this route to QTS and would like to discuss further, please contact us at qtsao@lsbu.ac.uk. Once we have established that this is an appropriate route for you, we will send you an application form and a template to be completed by the headteacher of your employing school, confirming the school's support.

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

Fees for entrants into the 2020 cohort are as follows;

£750 - Pre-entry assessment including initial application, portfolio assessment and interview (non-refundable once pre-entry underway)
£1600 - Assessment in school and recommendation for QTS

Please note that bursaries are not currently available for this Assessment Only route.

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

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