Assessment Only

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

Upcoming events

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  • Teacher Experience Day at Bishop Challoner Catholic College

    07 October 2015 AT 08:30

    More and more people are considering a career in teaching. If you would like to find out more about how you might train for this rewarding career, we are partnering up with providers across Surrey and Hampshire to provide you with the information you need.

    Training Centre Open
  • Open afternoon Astra SCITT

    07 October 2015 AT 13:00

    An opportunity to visit the lead school within the Astra SCITT to find out more about our School Direct and SCITT programmes.

    Amersham Open
  • Teacher training event at Liverpool John Moores University

    07 October 2015 AT 16:00

    Find out more about teacher training courses with LJMU and partner schools at this event for aspiring teachers.

    Liverpool Open
  • Great Sankey Teaching School Alliance - open evening

    07 October 2015 AT 17:00

    Come along and spend a day in an outstanding school, find out about our partnership of primary and secondary schools and our teacher training programme developed with the University of Cumbria.

    Cheshire Open