London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

The Assessment Only (AO) route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is primarily aimed at practitioners who are already teaching in a school or children?s centre and do not yet have QTS.

This assessment does not provide any training, so you must have several years? experience in at least two schools and be employed in a school or children?s centre that is willing to support the process of your assessment. You will be assessed twice and receive support in your place of work from a more experienced member of staff acting as a mentor. Assessment for this course is divided into the pre-assessment phase and the formal assessment phase.

To complete the pre-assessment, you must prepare an audit of your teaching experience against the Teaching Standards (2012). You?ll then attend a tutorial to fully evaluate your experience and identify areas for development during the formal assessment phase. Please note that you?ll only proceed to the formal assessment phase if the tutor considers that you can achieve the standards for QTS within the available time frame.

The formal assessment phase will then take place over two consecutive half term periods, either from October to February or from February to June, depending on when you start the course. To pass the formal assessment phase, you must present portfolio evidence that demonstrates you've achieved the teaching standards across two key stages. Your University mentor will make three visits to your school placement during the assessment phase and will be responsible for training and ensuring that the Teaching Standards are being correctly assessed.

At the end of this phase, your mentor will complete a final assessment and you will present a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates that you have consistently met the teaching standards across two key stages.

Start Date:

This course will be studied by part time (distance learning)..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Distance Learning
QTS - Qualified Teaching Status £3,090 Home Fees
1 year
Distance Learning
QTS - Qualified Teaching Status £3,090 European Fees
1 year
Distance Learning
QTS - Qualified Teaching Status £3,090 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will be required to have: a UK honours degree (2.2 or above); GCSE Maths and English (for secondary level) or GCSE Maths, English and Science (for primary and early years levels) all at grade C or above (equivalents will be assessed on a case by case basis); teaching experience in a school other than the school they currently work in. pass the professional skills tests for literacy and numeracy. The assessment-only route does not provide any training, so applicants must have several years? experience and be employed in a school or children?s centre that is willing to support the process of their assessment.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 including Listening: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Component scores required: Listening: 51; Reading: 51; Writing: 51; Speaking: 51; Cambridge English - Certificate of Proficiency overall grade required: C. A certifying statement of results is also required.