University of Buckingham

Degree level: Postgraduate

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

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Course summary

TEF Gold

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

Find out more about the TEF.

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 Qualified Teacher Status is the United Kingdom’s professional accreditation for teaching. The Assessment Only Route is a fast-track route (maximum 12 weeks) to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) 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, independent or international in any country.

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:

  • Primary

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, Maths and Science 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

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

Additional fee information

International 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 - Primary at University of Buckingham - UCAS