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Qualified Teacher Status - Assessment Only (Primary and Secondary)

Qualified Teacher Status - Assessment Only (Primary and Secondary)

Key information

Qualification type

QTS - Qualified Teaching Status

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools Teaching In Primary Schools Teacher / Trainer Assessment

Course type


Course Summary

The Assessment Only (AO) route is a self-funded route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) that does not require a period of training. This programme is suitable for very experienced graduate practitioners from UK or overseas who have taught in at least two schools in the UK but do not have QTS. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they are able to meet all the standards for QTS without further training. The Assessment Only is a route to QTS only. Candidates who have withdrawn from, failed or been turned down for other QTS routes will not normally be considered for the Assessment Only route. The employing school will provide a specialist mentor who has been trained by an ITT provider. The mentor will meet regularly with you, provide guidance and support, regularly observes you as you teach, and provide feedback which addresses the Teacher Standards. When you have been judged to pass and meet the QTS Standards, we will notify the National College for Teaching and Learning, and QTS will be awarded.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 weeks

Start date



In this module, you will attend an interview on campus with a teaching training tutor and your qualifications, experience and employment status will be checked and confirmed. The entry requirements will also be checked and you will be advised about preparing for Part Two of the selection process.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above, or be able to demonstrate equivalence, in English language, mathematics and, if applying for QTS within the primary phase, Science. They must hold a degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification (for secondary candidates, normally 50% of their degree would be directly relevant to their chosen subject for assessment). Original certificates must be available. Students must have the support of the school that you will be teaching in for the assessment stage.

University information

Middlesex is a campus university based in leafy North London only 25 minutes from the buzz of central London. It has been excelling in teaching for over 130 years and boasts international campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. Their industry led, contemporary courses and practice-based teaching will help you to excel in the job market and become a leader in your field. Middlesex’s teaching is informed by the needs of industry, so you’ll develop the...more