If you currently work in teaching and don't already have Qualified Teacher Status, then make sure you don't miss out on potential job opportunities! We are able to assess suitably qualified and experienced candidates for QTS without the need for any training, completing the process within one term so busy teachers aren't distracted from their work. This course is perfect for unqualified teachers in maintained or independent schools who teach the English curriculum in primary, secondary, middle or Preparatory age ranges.
You'll gain your QTS in your current school via interview, portfolio and assessed practice, using technology to ensure you can participate and receive support no matter where you are based. Our flexible start dates allow you to apply throughout the year, with assessments being carried out in Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms. We are the largest provider of initial teacher training in the UK, so why not take advantage of our straightforward and supportive route to achieve QTS and help advance your career?
This route will help you to demonstrate the professional understanding and skills necessary to meet QTS standards, evaluate your current practice and support your continuing professional development.
- Extending Professional Practice (towards QTS)
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
See course specific entry requirements listed below.
Candidates must apply with the active support of their sponsoring schools.
To apply you must have:
Degree or equivalent qualification.
GCSEs grade C in English and mathematics. Additionally grade C GCSE in science if you are applying for assessment in primary age ranges.
Substantial experience of teaching. Typically this would consist of two years worth of teaching, i.e. whole-class planning, teaching, assessment and reporting to parents in two or more settings and across two or more consecutive age ranges. Your teaching experience must enable you to demonstrate how you already fully meet the Teachers' Standards without the need for further training or experience. (You may need to undertake additional teaching experience in preparation for your assessment, e.g. in another age range, school, or subject(s).
We would normally expect a significant proportion of evidence to be recent (within the last 12 months). However, evidence from teaching in a second setting could be older. There are no hard and fast rules about the age of evidence. We will make a professional judgement in individual cases.
To commence your registration on this route you must:
provide ID evidence
be subject to a DBS enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background checks
submit a medical disclosure form to prove fitness to teach
pass skills tests in literacy and numeracy
To apply your school must provide:
Head Teacher's agreement that the school will work in partnership with the University of Cumbria to carry out your QTS assessment
Head Teacher's reference supporting your assessment for the award of QTS
A named and suitably qualified and experienced mentor to work in partnership with your university tutor to carry out your assessment. Your mentor must be experienced in assessing the Teachers' Standards and your subject and/or age range. If not, your mentor must be assisted by an additional specialist mentor.
Evidence (e.g. Ofsted report) that the school is in a suitable position to carry out your QTS assessment
Making your application
- Complete our online application form.
- Complete an additional information form and ask your Headteacher and mentor in school to read the partnership agreement handbook before signing the partnership agreement within the additional information form. Once completed the AI form should be emailed directly to email@example.com
- Please ensure that you nominate appropriate referees and send them a reference form to complete.
For more guidance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible.
Who can apply?
Those who wish to gain the qualification through the QTS Direct (Assessment only) route might include very experienced graduate teachers without QTS who have experience of teaching the English curriculum across the required age and ability ranges in two settings, and are:
- currently teaching in schools
- trained to teach overseas
- trained to teach in the further education sector, and
- teaching in the independent school sector.
Overseas-trained teachers (OTTs) who have exceeded the four-year rule can still be employed to teach in maintained schools and non-maintained special schools as instructors. They are therefore eligible to apply for the AO route.
However, a recent government announcement stated that, in the future, OTTs from Australia, New Zealand and Canada will be recognised as qualified teachers. This policy is still to be implemented. The same principle applies to graduate holders of QTLS status.
What teaching experience can be taken into account?
All relevant teaching experience may be taken into account; voluntary/unpaid work as well as employed teaching experience.
When assessing an applicant’s teaching experience, we must be confident that, based on the evidence considered, the applicant has had the opportunity to teach children and young people and, taken together with other experiences, their teaching in schools has prepared the applicant sufficiently to be able to demonstrate that they can meet all the QTS standards.
In instances where applicants present evidence demonstrating that they have covered some aspects of a teacher’s role as a volunteer/unpaid worker, we may accept this as contributing evidence that the applicant has meet some of the QTS standards.
Does an applicant need to be employed as a teacher?
No, it is not necessary for an applicant to be currently employed as a teacher.
However, we require applicants not employed to find a school that will provide mentor support, placement teaching experience and that will facilitate observation of teaching.
Must candidates be assessed in school in all age-ranges where the candidate is seeking QTS?
Not necessarily. Placement assessments in a school will be used in collaboration with other evidence provided by the candidate to ensure that we are confident in judging that the candidate meets all the QTS standards across the age ranges of assessment. However, candidates will need to provide strong evidence of age-range experience on application if they are proposing an assessed placement in a single age-range.
Can a candidate be assessed working in an independent school or FE college?
Yes, in certain circumstances a candidate can have their teaching assessed in an independent school or FE college. However, for this to be appropriate we need to be confident that the setting presents a candidate with sufficient opportunities to address the assessment needs of the candidate identified from the application. For instance, as candidate with very strong evidence of teaching in Key Stage 4 could be assessed in an FE college.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.
UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
See the following websites for further details:
This course is an ideal way to secure Qualified Teacher Status while continuing to teach in your own school. Many very experienced but underqualified teachers find the lack of QTS limits their job prospects, so don't let your career by stopped from under-qualification.
Resources and facilities
All our resources are available through the virtual learning environment, and you'll be provided a free electronic portfolio and detailed handbook to ensure you know what you're doing.
You'll have access to a school-based mentor who will support the development of your portfolio and provide lesson observations during your Assessed Practice. A named university tutor experienced in assessing Teachers' Standards will be allocated to you, providing advice and support throughout the course, and getting involved in the quality assurance of the final assessment.