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Assessment Only route leading to Qualified Teacher Status

Mode Duration Start date
No attendance 3 months (maximum) Ongoing for 2019 entry

Choose Kingston's Assessment Only Route Leading to Qualified Teacher Status

Kingston University is an accredited and approved provider of the Assessment Only (AO) route into teaching and works with a number of partnership schools across the South East region.

The AO route is for graduates (*including non-EU teachers) who have significant teaching experience in a UK school and are looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without the need for further training. They must demonstrate that they are already teaching at either "good" or "outstanding" level against the Teachers' Standards and be ready to be formally assessed by a university tutor for a period of up to 12 weeks.

The assessment period can range from 6–12 weeks depending on the individual. Recommendation for QTS will follow if the candidate fulfils the requirements for QTS.

*If you have gained your teaching qualification from one of the countries listed below, you may be recognised as a qualified teacher so may not need to undertake the AO route. You will need to apply to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the award of QTS.   

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

What will you study?

The Assessment Only route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the standards for QTS without the need for any further training. You will need to present a detailed portfolio of evidence, and your teaching will be assessed in a school by an accredited and approved provider.

Subjects offered:

  • Primary – early years (ages 3–7)
  • Primary – general (5–11)
  • Any secondary subject


Assessed against the Teachers' Standards and presentation of teaching portfolio.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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