Achieving QTS by Assessment Only

If you are an experienced teacher with a degree, you can achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) without having to complete any further training. The ‘Assessment Only’ route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the standards for QTS.

  • This way of achieving QTS is only available to unqualified teachers who have significant teaching experience, having planned, taught and assessed in at least two schools for a total of more than 2 years.
  • In addition to your degree, you must have a GCSE grade 4 / C or above in English, Maths and a Science subject. If you cannot demonstrate the required GCSE subjects and levels you may have to pass an equivalence test.

To achieve QTS via the AO route, you will be assessed in the following areas:

  1. Detailed evidence that you meet all the Teachers’ Standards
  2. Assessment of your teaching practice in a school

For this reason you will need to find a school which will employ you as an unqualified teacher or take you on as a volunteer and support you in the AO route.  The assessment of your evidence and teaching practice will be carried out by the Chepping View SCITT – an approved AO provider and specialist in school-centred primary teacher training.

For more detailed guidance notes on the Chepping View SCITT Assessment Only route go to: Assessment Only Guidance 2022-23

For DfE supporting advice on Assessment Only go to: Assessment Only Route to QTS : Criteria and Supporting Advice

For an application form go to: Assessment Only Application Form 2022-23

Lesson observation form: Weekly Lesson Observation form

If you have any further questions or need help deciding if you are suitable, contact Hayley Rouse at or call on 01494 535564, option 3.