Postgraduate prospectus

Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status

If you are an experienced primary or secondary school teacher looking for Qualified Teacher Status, this short assessment-only course offers you the chance to boost your career.

This three-month course is designed to offer experienced primar and secondary teachers without QTS the opportunity to earn a formal qualification through an assessment-only route. As part of the course, you will develop a portfolio of evidence (guided by the Teachers' Standards) and an assessment development plan, and observers will visit your school.

We consider applications from employed and established teachers in schools in London and the South East. Relevant teaching experience generally requires responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing classes of 20 pupils or more.

The DfE guidance  (Assessment only route to QTS: criteria and supporting advice) can be found through this link.

Department

School of Education

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

0.25 years full-time

Start month

September; January; April

Home fees

2020/2021 fees *

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2021/2022 fees

* January; April 2021 starters pay the 2020/2021 fees.

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Engage with the course for 12 weeks.
  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as ‘Outstanding’ in Primary and 'Good' in Secondary in its most recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.
  • Our assessment-only route does not include training and is not a substitute for more extensive initial teacher training routes such as PGCE and School Direct.
  • By applying for this course, you will be assessed against the Teachers' Standards on the basis of your experience and appropriate evidence.
  • You will receive a recommendation for QTS, based upon an assessment of the quality of your current professional practice and from a portfolio of evidence at your school.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our Assessment-Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status. You will be assessed by academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience.  All of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A UK or equivalent degree
  • For the Primary award, the teacher must have a relevant undergraduate degree, plus GCSE English, a science, and Maths at Grade 4 or higher (or equivalent*)
  • For the Secondary award, the teacher must have a relevant undergraduate degree, plus GCSE English, and Maths at Grade 4 or higher (or equivalent*).

*Equivalencies can be accepted, but qualifications in key skills at level 2 are not recognised as equivalent to GCSEs in terms of content

In addition candidates must:

  • The teacher must currently be employed in a primary or secondary school in the UK as an unqualified teacher and have a minimum of 2 years full-time equivalent teaching experience undertaken in a minimum of two schools, across two or more consecutive age ranges (key stages) within the past 5 years. The two key stages can and must be consecutive within the range of KS1 – KS5. This university does not offer an Early Years Assessment Only route to QTS.
  • Evidence can be provided at the commencement of the programme that as a result of in-school formal performance assessment the standard of the applicant's teaching to date is 'good' or 'outstanding'.
  • The DfE guidance  (Assessment only route to QTS: criteria and supporting advice) can be found through this link.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Further information about entry

Evidence must be provided at the commencement of the programme that as a result of in-school formal performance assessment the standard of the applicant's teaching to date is 'good' or 'outstanding'.

Additionally, the school in which the candidate is currently employed is required to confirm that s/he possesses the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher; has undergone the necessary safeguarding and fitness to teach checks; and agrees to support the teacher through the assessment process.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

There is no taught element or study requirement on this course.

How you will learn

This section helps you understand more about how you'll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

However, as a response to COVID-19 we are currently operating a 'blended model' of teaching and learning (except for distance-learning courses). This means a combination of face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. There is additional support for any students who are unable to attend campus because they are ill or shielding. We'll continue to offer blended learning to all our students, in line with government guidelines, for as long as we are advised to. If government or local authority rules require it, we may be limited to offering online-only learning but will return to blended learning as soon as we are safely able to do so.

You can find out more about how we are supporting our students.

Teaching

Our Assessment Only route does not include any training element and therefore is not a substitute for more extensive initial teacher training routes such as PGCE and School Direct.By applying for this programme you are putting yourselves forward to be assessed against the Teachers' Standards on the basis of experience supported by appropriate evidence.

Class sizes

There are no classes on this course.

Independent learning

There is no taught element or study requirement on this course.

Overall workload

There are no taught elements or study requirements on this course. However, you will need to collate a portfolio of evidence against each of the Teachers Standards, and to engage in regular observation and debrief opportunities with a names mentor in your school.

Assessment

Assessment is by observation of teaching and a portfolio of evidence against the Teachers' Standards.

Feedback summary

Information coming soon.

Dates and timetables

The usual maximum registration for this course is 12 weeks, and can start from September to April on a termly basis.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2020/2021 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* January and April 2021 starters pay the 2020/2021 fees.

2021/2022 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
View fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

The course must be undertaken in the school in which you are employed.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

On successful completion of this course, students pursue careers in teaching.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our postgraduate taught prospectus or check our related courses below.

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.