University of Buckingham

Degree level: Postgraduate

Assessment Only (AO) Route to Qualified Teacher Status - Secondary (Taught)

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Course summary

TEF Gold

University of Buckingham has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.

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The University of Buckingham is: o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) o Top for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey and Complete University Guide) o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1 o Flexible – start your course in September or January The AO Route to Qualified Teacher Status is a fast-track route (maximum 12 weeks) to gain Qualified Teacher Status for teachers with two or more years’ teaching experience. Qualified Teacher Status is the United Kingdom’s professional accreditation for teaching. It is often required by schools in the UK. The University of Buckingham is one of the leading providers of QTS. The Assessment Only Route is a fast-track route (maximum 12 weeks) to gain Qualified Teacher Status for teachers with two or more years’ teaching experience. Applications are welcome from teachers, who do not hold Qualified Teacher Status, currently teaching in a school in the UK or abroad, providing they meet the necessary criteria. Schools may be state-maintained or independent. International schools abroad must be following the English national curriculum. Course content Assessment Only candidates may apply for a September, January or April start date. The AO Route to Qualified Teacher Status consists of three Assessment Processes. The first is an assessment of the candidate’s application, which may include a request to supply additional information. Once a candidate is accepted onto the route, they will undergo two assessment days in their school. The Initial Assessment Day will judge whether the candidate is likely to meet all of the QTS Teachers’ Standards within a maximum 12 week period without any further training. The Final Assessment Day will take place within 12 weeks from the Initial Assessment and will determine whether the candidate meets all of the Teachers’ Standards. In order to assess many of the criteria for the award of QTS, during the initial assessment day the Tutor will interview the candidate, hold meetings with the candidate’s line manager, mentor and the school’s professional tutor, conduct at least 3 lesson observations and will scrutinize the candidate’s planning, marking, report writing and professional development. The candidate will also be required to produce a Teaching & Learning File (TLF). This serves as a portfolio of evidence in support of the candidate’s application for passing the Teachers’ Standards. The file is used by the candidate to showcase evidence over time in meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

Course details

Assessment method

A preliminary assessment of your suitability for the Assessment Only Route takes place prior to the start date. A tutor from the University of Buckingham will undertake this assessment at your school, and a decision on your suitability will be made on the day. A second tutor visit will take place within 12 weeks of the course start date and will be a final assessment against the Teaching Standards. Assessment Only Candidates may apply for a September, January or April start date.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

How to apply

International applicants

This course is not available to international applicants

Entry requirements

For entry onto the Assessment Only Route, you will be expected to have the following qualifications: A degree from a UK University or equivalent. GCSE in English and Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent). In addition you must: Have two years’ teaching experience in at least two schools, one of which may be your current school. (For candidates who have taught in only one school, a minimum three-week teaching placement in another school will be required prior to the start of the course. The University of Buckingham may be able to assist in organising a placement school.) Demonstrate that you meet all of the Teaching Standards across the age-range of assessment, as stipulated by the Department of Education. Pass the Professional Skills Test prior to, or during, the course. Satisfy criteria based on suitability and aptitude for teaching.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £3024* Whole course
England £2520* Whole course
Northern Ireland £2520* Whole course
Scotland £2520* Whole course
Wales £2520* Whole course
EU £3024* Whole course
International £3024* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Trainees will also be expected to cover any visa, flight, accommodation, travel and sustenance costs incurred whilst the University tutor visits.
Assessment Only (AO) Route to Qualified Teacher Status - Secondary at University of Buckingham - UCAS