Taught course

Assessment Only route leading to Qualified Teacher Status

Kingston University · Education

Entry requirements

  • A minimum 2:2 UK honours degree or equivalent (NARIC to be provided for overseas qualification). For secondary, your degree must be at least 50% in the subject you wish to teach.
  • GCSE English and mathematics (plus science for primary) at grade 4 or above (C or above for examinations taken before 2017). If you do not have GCSEs in English, mathematics and science, you may take an equivalency test at the School of Education following acceptance of any potential offer given.
  • Extensive teaching experience in two or more schools (the applicant must currently be employed at a school) across two consecutive age ranges within the primary or secondary phase. This must include some experience in a mainstream UK state school:
  • 3–7 yrs
  • 5–11 yrs
  • 11–16 yrs
  • 14–19 yrs
  • Teaching observed by current school must be judged at either 'good' or 'outstanding'.
  • Satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure and medical checks undertaken by the school.

Months of entry


Course content

Why choose this course?

If you already have significant teaching experience in a UK school and are looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without the need for further training, this Assessment Only (AO) route is ideal. The assessment period can range from 6-12 weeks depending on the individual. After gaining your recommendation for QTS, you will need to complete an induction Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year at your supporting school.

You must demonstrate that you are already teaching at either "good" or "outstanding" level against the Teachers' Standards and be ready to be formally assessed by a university tutor in your school.

Following a successful assessment period, you will be recommended for QTS.

If you have gained your teaching qualification from one of the countries listed below, you may be recognised as a qualified teacher so may not need to undertake the AO route. You will need to apply to the Department for Education for the award of QTS.

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Reasons to choose Kingston University:

  • Kingston University is an accredited and approved provider of the Assessment Only (AO) route into teaching and works with a number of partnership schools across the South East region.
  • This course recognises highly competent teaching staff who do not have Qualified Teacher Status
  • You will have a mentor and receive structured support from your school throughout the assessment route.

What you will study:

The Assessment Only route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the standards for QTS without the need for any further training. You will need to present a detailed portfolio of evidence, and your teaching will be assessed in a school by an accredited and approved provider.

Subjects offered:

Primary - early years (ages 3-7)
Primary - general (ages 5-11)
Any secondary subject

Fees and funding

Assessment Only route leading to Qualified Teacher Status: Fees and bursaries

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • QTS
    part time
    3 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    3 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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