Assessment Only (AO) route to qualified teacher status - QTS - QTS

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Why study this course?

London Met’s Assessment Only (AO) route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) provides you with a unique opportunity to gain a QTS qualification. It's designed for those who are working in a school as an unqualified teacher. Successfully pass both assessment phases and you'll be recommended to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) for QTS accreditation.

More about this course

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. Please see the Assessment section for further information.

We can only offer this route to achieve QTS in subjects where we already offer a PGCE or PGCE School Direct course.


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 an initial assessment meeting 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. Your University tutor will then consider the evidence and, if you’re successful, recommend you to the Teaching Regulation Agency for the award of QTS.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the assessments, the University will recommend you to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Fees and key information

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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

You 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 you currently work in
  • pass our literacy and numeracy tests — these are university-based tests that you will be asked to undertake at your interview

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 your assessment.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

As this is an assessment only route to QTS, there are no specific modules. Please refer to the Assessment section for information on how you will progress to your QTS accreditation.

Where this course can take you

Teachers who attend this assessment-only route have gone on to increase their earnings and responsibilities in their careers thanks to the QTS accreditation.

Assessment fee

Either you or your employer can can pay the assessment fee. Please determine this before you apply.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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