Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status

Bath Spa has an Outstanding PGCE/QTS rating from Ofsted.

Qualify for QTS while working in your current post.

Extensive personal support from experienced school and University professionals.

If you’re an experienced unqualified teacher with approximately two years' teaching experience, you can qualify for QTS while teaching in school. You’ll undergo an assessment period (lasting a maximum of 12 weeks) in order to meet the Teachers’ Standards and gain QTS.

We’ll assess your ability to teach across two or more consecutive age ranges, and demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards.

The Assessment Only route is supported and assessed by experienced and expert teachers in schools or other settings and the University.

It’s important to note that this is not a training course – we expect you to be meeting the teachers’ standards before starting the assessment period. It is expected that you have a significant teaching role in a school/setting that is prepared to support you through the assessment period.

Your school will need to provide a supporting statement, which must be submitted with your application form.

Entry requirements


There are NCTL Assessment Only criteria which you are expected to meet in full before embarking on the Assessment period.

  • We expect you to have significant experience of sustained teaching of your subject/primary curriculum as an unqualified teacher. You’ll have experience of teaching across two different school settings. This should include some teaching of full classes in a mainstream setting.

Academic requirements

  • Degree level
  • You must hold a degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent. If you're applying for the Secondary route, it's expected that your degree will be related to your subject specialism to ensure an appropriate level of subject knowledge.
  • GCSEs
  • Secondary route: You must have a Grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE English and Maths.
  • Primary route: You must have a Grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE English, Maths and a Science subject.

Suitability to teach

  • All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks.


Course modules

You’ll learn through a combination of the following methods:

  • Developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings
  • Tutorial support for developing modes of reflection
  • Review meetings to include systematic target setting and review at key points across the programme
  • Development of subject knowledge in a range of contexts
  • Independent learning
  • Blended learning employing electronic resources
  • Observation of the practice of teachers and other professionals as required
  • Professional development activities undertaken in school or other settings.

School mentor

A school mentor will monitor your progress; you’ll meet them on a regular basis throughout the assessment period.

Formative review points

There will be formative review points to monitor progress during the training period. These review points, led by school colleagues, will consider progress in professional learning and facilitate developmental target setting.

Assessment methods

You’ll need to provide evidence, in a portfolio, to show that all of the Teachers’ Standards have been met.

This might include:

  • Written lesson observations
  • Professional dialogue in reviews of progress and targets
  • "Witness statements" – accounts of specific events and conversations which are particularly pertinent to attainment of the Teachers’ Standards
  • Assessment reports, including a final written report summarising progress and attainment
  • Records of professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge audits
  • A final claim supported by the collection of evidence submitted in the PLPP.

Towards the end of the assessment period, school and University-based professionals will meet with you to discuss your progress and scrutinise evidence. If you’re successful, you’ll be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
QTS Award Full time September 2019 £ 3,200 per Academic year (Home/EU) Months
QTS Award Full time September 2019 £ 3,200 per Academic year (International) Months

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