Course details

Study options

Full-time: 12 weeks

Course level


Start date

See below

Course description

We are accepting new applications and providing advice and guidance in readiness for candidates to gain access to the route. Please see the 'How to apply' section for more information on making an application. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact

Do you have considerable experience working in education but still need to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)? We offer a flexible, convenient pathway to help you realise your ambitions and progress your teaching career.

Our Assessment Only Route to QTS could be ideal if you are:

Formalise your teaching skills and open up your career prospects. If you are an experienced teacher with a degree, this route is your chance to demonstrate that you already meet all the standards for QTS – without the need for further training.

A fast-track route to qualification

The Assessment Only Route enables you to become formally qualified within a short space of time while you continue to teach. It takes up to 12 weeks of assessment to secure QTS and you can start on any of the start dates shown below.

You are required to demonstrate that you are a reflective practitioner who has met the Teachers’ Standards and can apply your skills, knowledge and understanding effectively in a wide range of school settings. In addition, you need to show that you can relate theory to practice and to evaluate critically the fundamental aims and values of education.

In-school assessments

As part of your route to QTS, you will be assessed while you are teaching by staff from both your school and the University.

During the assessment period, your supporting school will need to ensure that you have sufficient opportunity to develop, and demonstrate the Teachers' Standards. You will need to comply with National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) requirements, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and meeting ‘Fitness to Teach’ regulations, plus any other relevant current legislation relating to the Teaching Profession.

You should normally be teaching in a school normally within 50-mile radius of the University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus. Please contact the College Student Centre team should you wish to check whether your working location is within range.

Support and inspiration

We have a rich heritage in training and assessing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers. Your University assessor will come from our highly competent, experienced team and will work alongside your school-appointed mentor to offer you personalised support at every stage of the Assessment Only Route.

We offer potential candidates and their school advice and guidance prior to application and strongly recommend that we make an advisory visit to meet you in your school prior to the application process.

What you will study

The maximum period for the Assessment Only Route is 12 weeks.

The Assessment Only Route is not suitable for candidates who require training in order to develop and demonstrate Teachers’ Standards. Candidates who require training are advised to consider the Level 6 Teacher Apprenticeship with QTSPGCE Primary, PGCE Primary (School Direct) or PGCE Secondary (School Direct) routes.

Supporting schools need to provide candidates with sufficient opportunity to meet the Teachers’ Standards during the 12 weeks of assessment.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Although there is no formal training linked to the Assessment Only Route, it is expected that you will continue to develop professionally as a teacher and further develop your subject knowledge and teaching skills during the assessment period. You will have a school-appointed, professional mentor in school who will meet with you on a regular basis and also co-ordinate regular lesson observations with formative and constructive feedback. 

How you are assessed

During the assessment period you will need to:

Entry requirements

You will need to:

Entry to this course is very competitive and the selection process includes:

Fees and funding

Fees are based on the location from the University of Derby, DE22 1GB:

How to apply

For entry in the academic year 2021/22, all applicants must complete an online application, which is currently in development. The online application link will be posted to this webpage and shared with current applicants in time to start from 1 September 2021.

In the meantime, please contact if you wish to enquire about making an application for one of our intake dates in 2021/22.

Application deadlines and course start dates

Places on the Assessment Only Route to QTS are subject to meeting the entry requirements, successfully passing interview, and availability of a place on a given intake date.

Application deadlineCourse start date
11 August 2021 1 September 2021
20 September 2021 18 October 2021
1 November 2021 29 November 2021
24 November 2021 4 January 2021
24 January 2022 21 February 2022
28 February 2022 28 March 2022
25 April 2022 23 May 2022


With Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will be able to advance in one of the most satisfying and important careers of all. The qualification opens doors to greater responsibilities, more senior roles and progression up the pay scale.

You could also consider taking your skills and knowledge to the next level. Our MA Education is an excellent option, especially if you have your sights set on more senior roles such as middle and senior leadership roles.

The Assessment Only Route was the perfect route for me to gain my qualification. From the very start, I felt well supported by the University. I found the course to be really flexible in terms of timings of observation and interviews. This was invaluable to me because of my role in school. My assessor offered me excellent advice and resources to support the development of my teaching practice and my school-based mentor was involved at every stage of the process.
Karen Hayes

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Assessment Only enquiries +44 (0)1332 591320

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† Additional information about your studies

Please see 'How to apply' for start date information.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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