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.

QTS Assessment Only Programme

The normal minimum qualifications which enable students to be admitted to the course are as follows:

  • Successful completion of an Honours degree in an applicable subject area, usually class 2:1 or above, awarded by a United Kingdom Higher Education institution with degree awarding powers, or equivalent qualification;
  • Grade C at GCSE level in Mathematics and Science, Grade B (preferred) at GCSE level in English  and/or their equivalents;
  • Satisfactory health check
  • Potential international students’ qualifications will be checked by NARIC for appropriate equivalency.

Students should also:

•   Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English’;

•   Have considerable, relevant school experience, determined on an individual basis and by how well they do at entry re the benchmarking and portfolio of evidence against the Standards.

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

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 students as key strengths of the provision. Of particular note is the Individual Development Portfolio (IDP) which requires students to reflect on their personal and professional development and to set targets accordingly with the support of their, mentor and link tutor. On this route the link tutor will also serve as the student’s personal tutor.

The quality of pastoral care for students remains a major strength and a defining feature of the course (PGCE Primary External Examiner)

A key strength is the excellent provision of high quality resources, including staffing, that enables trainees to make good progress from their starting points (Ofsted)

Fee Structure

Type of fee


Programme cost (total)£2000
Evidence Portfolio Assesment£350
Teaching Placement£1500


There is no funding for this programme; usually the candidate or their school meets the cost.

For further information please contact Lynn Taylor (Admissions) 01274 431680  or email [email protected] 

The course leader is Karl Sykes ([email protected]