Assessment Only Route to QTS Short course

University of Sunderland

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    Short Course Certificate

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Course Summary


The Assessment Only Route to QTS (AOR) is for experienced teachers, who have been teaching whole classes for a minimum of two years. In addition, you will need to have been teaching in at least two schools, normally for at least two years and across one of the following age ranges: 3-11 (primary), 7-14 (middle) or 11-19 (secondary). The AOR allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the Teachers' Standards for QTS. The Teachers’ Standards currently in force can be found on the following website:

The assessment period is a maximum of 12 weeks which commences after registration with TRA (Teaching Regulation Agency). If you meet the eligibility criteria for AOR (see summary in Entry Requirements) we will ask you to present detailed preliminary evidence at interview – then for the final recommendation for QTS we will re-assess your evidence and assess your teaching – normally at the school where you are currently working.

Typical applications to this route include people who have taught for more than two years in the independent sector or overseas. The AOR may be possible to undertake if you wish to be assessed while teaching overseas, normally in a British International School.

If you are awarded QTS, the next step is to undertake a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). This includes a personalised programme of professional support and further assessment against the core professional standards for teachers normally organised by your employing school or local authority. There is no formal teaching on Assessment Only Route to QTS. The University of Sunderland is an accredited provider for the Assessment Only Route to QTS.

Tuition Fees

This section explains how much you will need to pay in tuition fees to study this course at this university. Fees vary by country of residence so make sure you select which country of residence applies to you.

£1,850 overall cost

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£300 for the interview and £1550 for the final assessment plus assessor expenses as required.

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About this University

The University of Sunderland has 20,000 students at four campuses, in Sunderland, London and Hong Kong. Key strengths are sciences, advanced manufacturing, software, enterprise and innovation and creative industries, reflected in its world-leading research, global partnerships, and knowledge transfer partnerships.

The university recently opened a new School of Medicine, with the first students starting their MBChB Medicine course in September 2019. Learn more about the university through a series of informative webcasts which you can find on the website – watch from anywhere in the world and chat one-to-one with university staff.


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