Assessment Only

If you are currently working as an unqualified graduate teacher in a school, you may be able to gain Qualified Teacher Status via the Assessment Only route into teaching.  Becoming a qualified teacher holds many benefits, including the certainty of moving up the pay scale and greater, more flexible opportunities over where you can work.

Do you qualify for the Assessment Only QTS Route?

The Assessment Only route to QTS has been designed specifically for those graduates who can demonstrate that they already meet all the standards required for Qualified Teacher Status and therefore would not need to spend a year training to be a teacher on a conventional teacher training course.

Entry Requirements for Assessment Only QTS:

  • An honours degree from a university in Great Britain or Overseas, or an ordinary degree with 300 credits, of which 60 must be at level 6, or a qualification recognised as equivalent to a degree;
  • You must have taught in at least two schools or Early Years settings, across the whole age range choosing from ages 3-7, 5-11, 7-14, 11-16 or 11-18.
  • You must have C-Grade or level 4 or above in English, Maths GCSE (or equivalent)for all phases and Science GCSE (or equivalent) for Primary or Early Years.
  • DBS checks will be carried out. The Home Office has published guidance on criminal record checks for overseas applicants.


Please Note: It is unlikely that you will have gained sufficient experience if you have not been employed for two years as an unqualified teacher, but teaching in schools outside the UK and teaching as part of a recognised training course may be acceptable.

The benefit of this route is that you can be assessed during your regular working day.


Assessment Only FAQs

What is the cost of Assessment Only QTS?

The cost of qualifying as a teacher through the Assessment only route to QTS is £2,600, payable before the first visit.

Additional costs may apply if you are a teacher working abroad who requires an assessment team to travel to carry out an assessment in your home setting, and travel costs might apply if you work in a school a long distance away from the SCITT.  We will, of course, try our best to minimise any such costs.

When could you start the Assessment Period?

At any time during the year!  We are happy to discuss the possibility of any start date with you when you apply.

What happens during periods of lockdown?

We can still assess you as long as you are still teaching (even with reduced numbers) and you are happy to film and/or live stream your lessons for us.  All other parts fo the process can be carried out over Zoom.

If you have started the assessment process and then have to stop your assessment due to COVID-19 we can pause and then resume when you are back in the classroom.

What will happen once you have gained QTS?

You will enter the first year Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Induction period.

How do I apply for the Assessment Only Route into Teaching?

If you would like to apply for the Assessment Only QTS route, you can apply directly to us by clicking below to complete and submit our assessment application form.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 01268 570215. Alternatively, please complete the form below...