Assessment Only Route To QTS
Many teachers working abroad choose to do courses such as a PGCEi to both improve their teaching skills and job opportunities. One of the drawbacks though is the lack of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). It is not possible to get QTS whilst working abroad if you fulfill certain criteria.
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.
The price of the course is £6,500. It is the most expensive because they pay someone from your school to monitor you during the practicum. Nottingham does not have a practicum part, which means that it is not recognised in places such as Hong Kong and Singapore. To compare the price with other courses (Nottingham and Keele) please click here.
Qualified Teacher Status in England and Wales is conferred by the National College for Teaching and Leadership on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education (England) and the Minister for Education and Skills (Wales) not by universities.
As this is "Assessment Only" there is no course content. Essentially you are demonstrating that you have met all of the standards for teaching required for QTS. You can find these requirements by clicking here.
You are assessed for a maximum of 12 weeks. If you meet the requirements, you will be asked to present detailed preliminary evidence at interview, then for the final recommendation for QTS you will be re assessed and your teaching will be assessed, normally at the school you are teaching.
To qualify for this course you will need to have at least 2 years experience teaching a whole class. You will also need to have been teaching in at least two schools, and across one of the following three age ranges, 3-11 (primary), 7-14, (middle) or 11-19 (secondary).
Once you have achieved your QTS the next step is to undertake a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). This would include further personalised support and assessment against the core profesional standards for teachers.
The course costs £1850, which includes £300 for the interview and £1550. The cost of travel and accommodation will be on top of this