To potential applicants for the Assessment Only Route:
Please send an up-to-date CV to Jenn Simmonds (email@example.com), who will then advise you how to progress with your application. Your application must detail a school who is prepared to support you in this route. You will need to be assessed in two Key Stages. In effect, you will have gone through a school recruitment process and have been verified by the school as suitable for teaching. The school will have worked with you to set up a proposed training plan which supports the development of a portfolio of evidence against the QTS Teachers' Standards, and allows you to articulate this both in your application and at a later stage in interview at university.
The Assessment Only Application Form, available from Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org), includes a section for the school to endorse your application, and must be signed by the head teacher. If you are successful, you will be invited to attend an interview at the University. Original qualifications showing GCSEs, A Levels and degree(s) and your passport/driving licence must be presented at this time.
Should you require a NARRIC equivalency profile, please apply to NARRIC before you fill out your application and include a copy of the transcript with your application. The interview process will involve a literacy task to confirm your English literacy ability. Confirmation of your English Language ability will also be assessed throughout the interview.
The interview discussion will focus on your subject and pedagogical knowledge, your school experience, your potential portfolio evidence, your resilience to complete the Assessment Only Route without further training, and your ability to interact with others.
The route does not include any training, and from the date of registration the candidate must complete within a three-month time frame. The QTS skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy must be completed before your official registration begins. You may apply to complete the tests as soon as you apply for the Assessment Only Route.
Professional Key Skills Test
Students applying for Initial Teacher Education courses need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory skills tests in literacy and numeracy. These skills tests need to be completed prior to enrolling on the course and deadlines for these to be achieved tend to be stipulated by universities, e.g. 30th June 2016. The skills tests do not replace the standard GCSE grade C requirements in Maths and English.
Candidates will receive one free test and two resit opportunities which will need to be self-funded. If candidates fail three tests, resits will not be allowed within a 24-month period. The skills tests are computerised and can be taken at any of a number of learndirect test centres throughout the UK. The Department for Education has developed guidance and support materials to help candidates pass the tests: candidates are strongly advised to review the support material before attempting the skills tests.
Tests can be booked via the skills test registration page at:
Or by telephoning learndirect on 0300 303 9613, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm
Updated practice tests, including punctuation for the literacy test and further information about the tests, is available via the skills test pages at: