Assessment Only (QTS)
Department of Study
University of Warwick
Formalise your professional skills with Warwick. This course is ideal for those who are an experienced teacher looking to gain accreditation. If you have at least two years teaching experience in the public or private sector, you may be eligible for our assessment-only programme. You'll become a confident teacher and make a real difference to your students' development and lives.
At Warwick, we are committed to providing full and dedicated support for our Assessment Only candidates. We will strive to ensure that you are offered the opportunity to demonstrate effectiveness in the following areas:
- Promoting the educational achievement of all pupils and a respect for their diverse cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds;
- Possession of a secure subject knowledge base and the pedagogy to impact pupils’ progress through effective teaching and learning;
- The ability to plan and teach in order to maximise pupils’ attainment;
- The ICT skills to support planning, teaching and administration;
- The ability to assess, record and monitor the outcomes of learning in the context of school and national priorities;
- An understanding of the critically important processes of reflection and enquiry in dealing with professional issues;
You'll gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without additional training.
You'll be supervised by highly qualified and experienced teachers.
- Gain QTS from DfELink opens in a new window in 12 weeks
- Qualify to teach in England in a state-maintained school
- Once you are qualified in England or Wales, you will be paid under the school teachers’ pay scales
- You will be able to join in the ECT provision at your school and at the University of Warwick upon completion of the programme
Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales
Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales is conferred by the Teaching Agency on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education (England) and the Minister for Education and Skills (Wales) and not by universities.
Enrolment questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
General entry requirements
- Bachelors degree with Honours at 2:2 or above, or equivalent level. Other first degrees will be considered particularly if you have additional qualifications and/ or relevant experience.
- All candidates must have achieved at least a Grade C/Grade 4 in GCSE (or equivalent qualification) English Language, Science and Mathematics.
- We can accept 3rd party equivalency tests in place of GCSEs. The current providers that have been approved are EquivalencyTesting.comLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window and A Star EquivalencyLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window. Discounts are availble for Centre for Teacher Education offer-holders - please contact email@example.com for the discount code.
- Bachelors degree with Honours at 2:2 or above, or equivalent level. Other first degrees will be considered particularly if you have additional qualifications and/ or relevant experience. You will be expected to have degree level knowledge of the subject you teach.
- All candidates must have achieved at least a Grade C/Grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics (or equivalent qualification).
- We can accept 3rd party equivalency tests in place of GCSEs. The current providers that have been approved are EquivalencyTesting.comLink opens in a new window and A Star EquivalencyLink opens in a new window. Discounts are availble for Centre for Teacher Education offer-holders - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code.
Your current role
You must be working as an unqualified teacher (paid or unpaid) in the UK in one of the following settings:
- Mainstream school or academy
- Free School
- Independent School
- Pupil Referral Unit
- Special School (Candidates who are working in a Pupil Referral Unit or Special School will need to provide evidence of significant mainstream school experience).
Your experience and teaching grade
- You will have been observed by your school and your teaching graded as "Outstanding" or "Good".
- You will be able to demonstrate that you have recent experience teaching across consecutive age ranges in two or more schools/settings, including the school/setting you are currently working in. You will need to have at least 2 years of teaching experience in total.
- You will have begun to put together an Initial Portfolio of Evidence against the national Teachers’ Standards
Your school's support and/or sponsorship
You will need to provide two references. One from your current employer and one from a second school that you have completed a minimum 6 weeks teaching experience in. You must have the full support of (or be sponsored by) your employing school, as detailed below:
School letter of recommendation
- An essential and significant part of the application form is a formal statement from your school or setting which provides details not only of your experience to date but also details of your potential to become an outstanding teacher.
- Please see the following templateLink opens in a new window that should be used by your current employer
- Please see the following templateLink opens in a new window that should be used by your second school setting.
- Prior to a candidate starting the course, it is a requirement that your school completes a School Declaration agreeing to the requirements of the programme.
Your school’s letter should make reference to the following:
- Your teaching experience to date
- Your current teaching commitment at the school
- Details of extra-curricular activities, other school responsibilities
- The school’s experience of working in Initial Teacher Education
- The experience of the mentor who will be working with you during your course
- Your relationships with pupils and colleagues, including support staff
- A recent lesson observation undertaken by a senior member of staff
- Your subject knowledge and pedagogy
- Your health and physical capacity to teach
- Your resilience and ability to cope with the demands of teaching, and ability to adapt to the changing educational landscape.
- Supporting/ sponsoring schools need to provide candidates with sufficient opportunity to meet the Teachers’ Standards during the 12 weeks of assessment. Schools are required to:
- Establish a timetable that will enable you to demonstrate competence against the Teachers’ Standards. For secondary routes, the teaching timetable must provide the opportunity to work across two consecutive age phases.
- Provide an experienced mentor to support you. The role of the mentor is to provide feedback on lesson observations, planning and assessment, plus professional support. It is a requirement that the supporting mentor is given time by the school to complete observations and conduct meetings.
- Regularly assess your teaching against the Teachers’ Standards and provide the University with Assessment Point (AP) data by deadlines set.
You will be working within a 50-mile radius of The University of Warwick, CV4 7AL.
You will need an up-to-date Vetting Check Form, confirming you hold a valid DBS check
English language requirements
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum score of 7.0 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please check our computer specification guidance notes (PDF)Link opens in a new window.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.
*The new grading system for those receiving their results for GCSE Maths and English was adopted in 2017. The grading system is now 9-1, with Grade 9 awarded to those students in the very top tier. Grade 4 is considered equivalent to the old Grade C.
After you have applied for the course, we'll make an initial assessment, which will include an initial assessment visit to take place in your school. This is to make sure that you're ready to take the full assessment with Warwick. Following your approval, you'll start the 12-week assessment programme.
1. Lesson Observation: The University Assessor will observe one of your lessons. There will be a review and discussion afterwards.
2. Document Checking: Before your interview can proceed, you'll need to provide evidence that you meet the academic entry criteria.
3. Formal Interview: You'll provide an Initial Portfolio of Evidence demonstrating that you have achieved the Teachers’ Standards set by the Department for Education. We'll make a recommendation on whether you are ready to start the QTS Assessment or what is the best route for you to become a qualified teacher.
A mentor from your school will provide feedback on weekly lesson observations, they will also complete the Assessment Point Forms and return these to the University prior to each assessment visit.
There will be three lesson observation visits (including your initial observation) from the University Assessor (Teaching Fellow)
You will submit a final Portfolio of Evidence which is a record of your development as a teacher.
You'll gather evidence against each of the eight national Teachers Standards. This will be assessed at the final assessment visit to your school in an informal interview, where you'll demonstrate:
- Effective classroom management, showing sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of pupils and an ability to promote learning
- An effective and confident approach to curriculum planning
- Knowledge, particularly in relation to the breadth of the National Curriculum and your subject area
- Able to use ICT effectively in your teaching and to promote student learning
- An accurate approach to assessment
- A professional commitment to setting high standards for yourself and your pupils
- Commitment to your own continued professional development (CPD)
Fees and Funding
Assessment Only fees are set at £2,500 and are payable prior to enrolment on the course.
Career progression may be through a specialist curriculum or pastoral role, or by moving into management. Teachers may become heads of Key Stages or coordinators of a cross-curricular area, such as special needs or careers education, as well as subject or professional mentors for trainee teachers on placement. Upon completing this programme you'll be recommended for qualified teacher status (QTS).
What do our students say?
My mentor was fantastic, she was very helpful and she offered lots of support if and when I needed it. I really found the mentor meetings helpful and this gave me time to really talk about my progress and think about areas of development.”
Assessment Only Alumni
This is a fast track teaching programme to gaining QTS. It worked well for me as I could work full time in my school and complete the programme
alongside my job. I was able to use and develop my experience and knowledge to support me in gaining QTS.”
Assessment Only Alumna
Primary: Three cohorts within the year - Autumn, Spring and Summer.
Secondary: Two cohorts within the year - Autumn and Spring.
When can I apply?
- Places on each cohort are limited and are considered in the order in which they are received. If the cohort is full at the point of your application, we will add you to a waiting list if your application is successful.
- For Primary and Early Years programmes, you need to apply by mid-June to start in Autumn, by the end of October to start in Spring and by February half-term to start in Summer.
- For Secondary programmes, you need to apply by mid-June to start in Autumn; and by the end of October to start in Spring.
Make sure that you have the following documents ready:
- Timeline of experience- download a PrimaryLink opens in a new window or SecondaryLink opens in a new window timeline of experience form, save your comments and upload it to our form.
- Personal Statement (A self evaluation)Link opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window
- Employer Letter of Recommendation
- Second Setting Letter of Recommendation
- Honours degree 2:2 or above/ equivalent
- GCSE English language and Maths/ Equivalent
- GCSE Science (primary only)/ Equivalent
Initial Assessment visit 1
- Lesson Observation: The University Assessor will observe one of your lessons. There will be a review and discussion afterwards.
- Document Checking: Before your interview can proceed, you'll need to provide evidence that you meet the academic entry criteria.
- Formal Interview: You'll provide an Initial Portfolio of Evidence demonstrating that you have achieved the Teachers’ Standards set by the Department for Education. We'll make a recommendation on whether you are ready to start the QTS Assessment or what is the best route for you to become a qualified teacher.
The Initial Portfolio of Evidence against the national Teachers’ Standards needs to include evidence of:
- Lesson Observations
- Pupils' work
- Planning evidence
- Assessment Feedback
Please see ‘An example list of suitable evidence against the Teachers' Standards (2012)Link opens in a new window’ for further guidance.
If you pass the initial assessment you can move onto stage 3, we’ll then ask for the following verified evidence:
- Vetting Check Form, confirming you hold a valid DBS check
Once you have joined the programme, there will be two further assessment visits:
Assessment visit 2
This involves a lesson observation between the University Tutor and the SM followed by short professional feedback. The Lesson Observation form is completed, and a copy sent to the candidate after the visit. The Portfolio of Evidence is discussed.
Assessment visit 3 (Final Viva Voce assessment visit - applicable to Secondary only)
This involves an observation by the University Tutor followed by short feedback, which summarises progress made throughout the programme and strengths to be prioritised. Areas where the candidate will focus efforts to improve further during the ECT period should also be identified. The final Portfolio of Evidence is presented to the University Assessor.
We'll here to provide help, advice and guidance along the way. If you have any questions at all, just get in touch.