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Assessment Only (AO) route to qualified teacher status

London Metropolitan University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    QTS - Qualified Teaching Status

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 weeks

Course summary

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.

Tuition fees

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University information

London Metropolitan University

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  • Campus address

    London Metropolitan University, Admissions Office, 166-220 Holloway Road, City of London, N7 8DB, England

You'll study in the heart of the UK's capital city, home to some of the world's biggest companies and where history and culture are found around every corner.
London Met has a hugely diverse community, with students from more than 140 different nationalities.
Its dedicated international team organises induction events and can advise on immigration issues including visas, work opportunities, family and dependants.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    58th out of 81 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    97 49%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%



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