Professional Knowledge Award


This assessment unit is suitable for: Classroom teachers and middle leaders (school leaders should undertake the Professional Knowledge Award (Leadership) instead).

The Professional Knowledge Award provides access to our three Chartered Teacher examinations and has been designed specifically for classroom teachers to demonstrate their professional knowledge in a range of areas including; teaching and learning; curriculum and assessment.


Start date:


How long should it take to complete this assessment unit?

3-12 months.

Available credits towards Chartered Status:


How do I prepare for these examinations?

Candidates will need to have a good understanding of evidence-informed practice in order to successfully complete the examinations, so we typically recommend that they complete the Certificate in Evidence-Informed Practice prior to taking the exams. To prepare candidates for taking these examinations, we will provide full guidance, reading lists and practice examinations so they can familiarise with the examination style and format.

What examinations will I undertake?

You will be required to undertake the following three examinations;

  • Multiple Choice Questionnaire Examination (MCQ) which assesses knowledge of evidence-informed teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment.
  • Objective Structured Teaching Exercise (OSTE), which is a scenario-based examination, designed to assess knowledge of formative assessment.
  • Written Examination, which is designed to assess knowledge of effective teaching and learning strategies within the context of your subject, phase or specialism.