Taught course

Assessment Only route leading to Qualified Teacher Status

Kingston University · Education

Entry requirements

Normally 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 C or above or equivalence (equivalency tests may be considered from recognised institutions). Professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy – find out more about registration and booking details from the Department of Education website. 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: 3 – 7, 5 – 11, 11 – 16, 16 – 18 . 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

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.

The AO route is for graduates (*including non-EU teachers) who have significant teaching experience in a UK school and are looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without the need for further training. They must demonstrate that they are already teaching at either "good" or "outstanding" level against the Teachers' Standards and be ready to be formally assessed by a university tutor for a period of up to 12 weeks.

The assessment period can range from 6–12 weeks depending on the individual. Recommendation for QTS will follow if the candidate fulfils the requirements 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 National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the award of QTS.

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

What will you 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 (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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