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If you're an experienced teacher with a degree, you can achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) without having to do any further training. Assessment Only allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the standards for QTS.
To achieve QTS via the AO route, you'll need to present detailed evidence that you meet the standards. Your teaching will be assessed in a school by an accredited and approved AO provider. You'll also need to take the professional skills test in literacy and numeracy before you can be accepted onto the route.
This way of achieving QTS is only available to unqualified teachers who have taught in at least two schools, early years and/or further education settings.
A number of universities, colleges, schools and SCITTs around the country offer AO. Their criteria for entry may vary, and you will need to apply to them directly if you are interested in this route to QTS. You can register with us for more information and help with the application process. Find more information on GOV.UK.
How to apply
If you would like to apply for the AO route, you can apply directly to an approved provider.
of teachers on Assessment Only in 2012/13 had over five years’ experience
of teachers on Assessment Only in 2012/13 were in secondary schools
- 05 September 2015 AT 09:00
This event is for those interested in studying an undergraduate degree at The University of Winchester starting in September 2016.Winchester Open
- 07 September 2015 AT 16:00
The University of Reading hosts regular information meetings to explain School Direct and other routes into initial teacher training.Reading Open
- 09 September 2015 AT 17:30
Find out about our teacher training courses in early years, primary and secondary levels, including PGCEs and School Direct. Hear from us, ask us questions, find out about fees, funding and the application process.London Open
- 10 September 2015 AT 11:00
An information event with advice for anyone interested in training to become a teacher.Hounslow Open