Department of Education

Assessment-only route to QTS

• Do you have significant teaching experience in UK schools?
• Do you meet the current Teachers’ Standards for QTS?
• Are you currently working in a UK school?

If so, the Assessment Only Route to QTS could be for you!

Complete our Eligibility Checker to find out.


The Assessment Only Route to QTS is not a training programme. Places are for experienced but unqualified teachers. The route is NOT suitable - nor an alternative - for those unable to secure a place on an Initial Teacher Education (PGCE/School Direct) course. The Assessment-only Route to QTS is suitable for any teacher who has taught in at least two schools across a minimum of two consecutive age ranges – meaning two Key Stages. At Primary, this means significant experience in both Key Stages 1 and 2. In Secondary, Key Stages 3 & 4, Key Stages 4 & 5, or Key Stages 3, 4 & 5. 

Assessment is tailored to the individual, and must be completed within 3 months. It can begin at any point in the year, as long as good quality teaching experience can be guaranteed. The University acts as a guide, supporting you, your mentor and your school to secure the necessary evidence to show tht you meet the Department for Education's (DfE's) Teachers’ standards. We also provide quality assurance via observations, review of evidence, and a final assessment.

Entry requirements

    • A GCSE in Maths and English Language (plus Science for Primary applicants) at Grade C / Grade 4 or above.
    • A first degree (or overseas equivalent) - or a Masters degree - demonstrating breadth and depth of academic engagement.
    • Significant teaching experience (at least 2 years) in a UK school or college in at least two different institutions and across two Key Stages.
    • Evidence that the standard of your teaching to date is 'good' or 'outstanding'. This would normally be provided in the form of two recent in-school observations.
    • A reference recommending your suitability for the Assessment Only Route from the headteacher of your current school, plus a reference from a previous school.
    • A current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and criminal records check.
    • A Fitness to Work assessment from your current school.
    • A portfolio of evidence against each of the Teachers’ Standards (commentary plus supporting evidence).
      For general information on the government's standards for teachers practising in the UK, see the Department for Education's (DfE) Teachers' Standards [PDF 184.35KB]
    • Evidence that you have the appropriate intellectual and academic capabilities and personal qualities, attitudes, ethics and values.
    • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in standard English.
    • A sufficient level of numeracy to perform your duties as a teacher.

Application and Fees

There are three stages to application:

  1. Our Eligibility Checker allows you to identify your own suitability for the Assessment Only Route. It will also highlight any gaps in your experience.

    Complete the Eligibility Checker

  2. Our Expression of Interest forms allow the course tutor to assess whether you are likely to fulfil the requirements for the Assessment Only Route. Choose the one appropriate to the age of child you wish to teach.

    Complete the Assessment Only Route Expression of Interest: Primary & Early Years

    Complete the Assessment Only Route Expression of Interest: Middle Years

    Complete the Assessment Only Route Expression of Interest: Secondary

  3. Our Application Form requires inclusion of evidence, a personal statement and references. You will also need to complete our Compliance Form.

    Complete the Assessment Only Route Application Form

    Complete the  Assessment Only Route Compliance Form

If you meet all relevant criteria for the Assessment Only Route to QTS, you will be invited to attend an interview at the school where you already work. At the interview you will need to present a portfolio of evidence showing that you meet the Teacher's Standards. To be accepted you will also need to agree to be observed teaching.

This route costs £2,490, payable in three instalments.

In order to be successful on the Assessment Only Route, you must:

  • be observed and mentored in-school regularly by school staff.
  • work on areas for development that are highlighted in observations.
  • collect evidence to supplement a portfolio which will ultimately demonstrate that you ahve met all of the Teachers’ Standards.

On completion, you will have earned Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be required to undertake an induction period of two years as an Early Career Teacher (ECT) if working as a teacher full-time.

Information and contacts

See more details/information in the Assessment Only Route Requirements & Guidance: 2022 [DOC 101.50KB]

Course Leader: Mike Lambert

Senior Course Coordinator: Adam Stewart