Qualified teacher status: assessment only pathway

The qualified teacher status: assessment only pathway is designed primarily for practitioners who are currently teaching in schools or children’s centres but who do not have qualified teacher status. The pathway does not provide any training, and so applicants must have several years' experience and should be employed in a school or children’s centre which is willing to support the process of assessment. 

To be considered for this pathway, you must have:

  • a UK Honours degree (2.2 or above)
  • GCSE Maths and English (Secondary) or GCSE Maths, English and Science (Primary and Early Years), all at Grade C or above
  • teaching experience in a school other than the applicant’s current school

Application phase

Applicants should apply online. Applicants must include a declaration of support to be downloaded and completed by the headteacher at the school where they are employed. This can be scanned and uploaded as part of the online application process. Applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed by the University in line with the normal selection procedures for PGCE candidates.

Pre-assessment phase

On being accepted onto the pathway, applicants must pass the online skills tests in literacy and numeracy before preparing an audit of their teaching experience against the Teaching Standards (2012). They will then attend a tutorial with a university tutor to fully evaluate this experience and identify areas for development during the assessment phase. Applicants will only proceed to the assessment phase if the tutor considers that the standards for qualified teacher status are achievable within the time frame.

Assessment phase

Applicants will then start the formal assessment process, which will take place over two consecutive half term periods (either from October to February or from February to June). They will be supported in the school by a more experienced member of staff acting as a mentor. The university tutor will make three visits to the school during the assessment phase and will be responsible for mentor training and ensuring that the Teaching Standards are being correctly assessed. At the end of the assessment phase, the mentor will complete a final assessment and the candidate will present an evidence portfolio which demonstrates that they have consistently met the Teaching Standards across two key stages. The university tutor will then consider the evidence and recommend successful applicants for the award of qualified teacher status.

Recommendation for qualified teacher status

On successful completion of the assessment phase, the University will recommend the applicant to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of qualified teacher status.


The fee for the whole process is £3,000. This will be divided into a payment of £500 for the pre-assessment phase and the remaining £2,500 for the assessment phase.

How to apply

Full details of the course are on our online prospectus. If you have further queries relating to this please contact the enquiries unit on 0207 133 4200

You should apply online – just click on the 'Apply now' button on the prospectus page