Course Overview

This route is designed for people with considerable school-based experience to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) without an academic award such as a PGCE. The intention is to certify the teaching of those already employed in schools, against the Teachers’ Standards. Candidates must have experience of teaching the English National Curriculum across at least two age and ability ranges in two different settings. For Primary, this will cover the 3-11 age range, with candidates being assessed in one of the following routes: Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (3-7), Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 (5-11) or Key Stage 2 (7-11). For Secondary, this will cover age range 11-16. Candidates will be assessed across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Course Structure

Although this is a very demanding course it is expected that the number of students retained and achieving successful outcomes will be very high. Much of this will be attributed to the high quality professional and personal support provided by tutors and school staff, factors which are consistently identified by our students as key strengths of the provision. Of particular note is the Individual Development Portfolio (IDP) which requires you to reflect on your personal and professional development and to set targets accordingly with the support of your mentor and link tutor. On this route the link tutor will also serve as your personal tutor.


In terms of assessment, the current Teachers’ Standards are assessed in one school placement and you must achieve a judgement of at least satisfactory to be recommended for QTS. Judgements of your attainment will be a joint decision between the school and Bradford College staff although the ultimate decision lies with the Bradford College link tutor.

Did You Know?

97% of our QTS students achieve 'Good' or 'Outstanding' in their placements.

93% of our QTS students are employed in teaching roles within six months.

Additional Costs

The programme fee is £2000.00. There is no funding for this programme; usually either you or your school meets the cost.

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree in an applicable subject area at 2:2 or above.

For the Primary route: GCSE English, mathematics and science or equivalent.

For the Secondary route: GCSE English and mahematics or equivalent. You must have two years' experience and have worked in two school settings.

Grade C at GCSE level in Mathematics and Science, Grade B (preferred) at GCSE level in English and/or their equivalents

A satisfactory health check.

You must pass the professional skills test.

Potential international students’ qualifications will be checked by NARIC for appropriate equivalency.

You  should also be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English and have considerable, relevant school experience, determined on an individual basis at entry re the benchmarking and a portfolio of evidence against the Standards.

To apply for this course you should contact [email protected] for an application form.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees