As the name suggests, this route to Qualified Teacher Status includes your assessment for the recommendation of the QTS award only. Candidates on this route must already be able to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards from the evidence from their experience prior to application. This route does not include any training.


  • You will need at least two years teaching experience in at least two different schools across at least two consecutive age ranges within the primary or secondary phase. This means you can gain QTS for the following age ranges:
    • 3 – 7
    • 5 – 11
    • 11 – 16
    • 11 – 19
  • You can demonstrate that you already meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Other Requirements

You will also need to be able to demonstrate that you meet all of entry requirements for Initial Teacher Training before commencing your Assessment Only with us:

  • GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above (or Level 2 qualification equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics, plus Science if you are applying for Primary.
  • An honours degree at classification 2:2 or above (or equivalent) from a UK university:
    • All subjects are acceptable;
    • Third class degrees will be considered on an individual basis;
    • If you are in your final year at University you should have a 2:2 or above as a predicted grade;
  • A-Levels – your degree should be relevant to the subject you want to teach but if your degree is not directly related we will look at your A-level qualifications;
  • Passes in the both the Numeracy and Literacy Professional Skills Tests;
  • Good subject knowledge (assessed at interview);
  • A current Enhanced DBS clearance which is subscribed to the Update Service OR that you are cleared for an Enhanced DBS by us;
  • Cleared as ‘Fit to Practice’ by the head teacher of the educational setting where the assessment will take place.

Success Criteria

We usually see candidates demonstrate the following in successful applications and interviews:

  • Evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards;
  • A genuine desire to support young people and help them develop and succeed;
  • Evidence of a commitment to and an understanding of a career in teaching;
  • A proactive and reflective approach to their own development;
  • The ability to relate to and engage with young people;
  • A passion for their subject;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Effective communication skills including the ability to explain concepts clearly;
  • Initiative, innovation and resilience.