Taught course

Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status

University of Greenwich · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A UK or equivalent degree at 2:2 or above PLUS GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent) AND you must currently be employed in a secondary school as an unqualified teacher, in a school which will support your application, and have 2-3 years or more teaching experience in TWO schools across TWO or more consecutive age ranges (key stages) within the past 5 years. • You can provide evidence that as a result of in-school formal performance assessment the standard of your teaching to date is 'good' or 'outstanding' • You must pass the numeracy and literacy skills tests before the assessment period can begin (see www.education.gov.uk).

Months of entry


Course content

The Assessment Only route to QTS is a means to formal qualification for experienced but unqualified teachers on the basis of their significant experience in schools. At the University of Greenwich currently offer this at secondary level. We consider applications from teachers who are already employed and established in schools in London and the South East. For this programme relevant teaching experience involves being responsible for planning, teaching and assessment of classes of, typically, 20 pupils or more.

It is important to stress that the AO route does not include any training element and therefore is not a substitute for more extensive initial teacher training routes such as PGCE and School Direct. Successful applicants are putting themselves forward to be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards on the basis of experience supported by appropriate evidence.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To development a plan and portfolio of evidence
  • To complete in-school observation of teaching by university tutor/senior leaders in school
  • To achieve final assessment of evidence and teaching against teachers’ standards.

Qualification and course duration


part time
3 months

Course contact details

020 6331 9000