Assessment Only Route to QTS

We are able to provide an Assessment Only Route to QTS that does not include any training element.  This is suitable for unqualified instructors or teachers that wish to gain QTS in recognition of the skills, experience and expertise that they have developed while working as teachers within schools.

It is a suitable route for overseas qualified teachers that are not able to gain QTS through mutual recognition from the DfE.

Assessment Only Route to QTS

Enquiries are welcome from sponsoring schools that have staff who they would like to support through this intensive process. This is a rigorous route to achieving QTS for employees who are teaching within an educational setting as an unqualified teacher. For further details and to discuss your individual requirements, please contact the office on 020 8300 6566 or email

AO Route Requirements

In order to be eligible for the AO route, you must fulfil certain requirements. These include:

  • Experience of Teaching in two Educational settings for at least 2 years in total
  • UK Honours Degree or Equivalent
  • GCSE standard English and Mathematics at Grade C or equivalent (For Primary, this must also include GCSE Science)
  • Pass In Both Professional Skills Tests in you are starting in January 2020, or if commencing in April 2020, these are no longer required.
  • Support from your employing school

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Recommended by Professionals

"Having now mentored three candidates through the assessment only route provided by Bromley Schools' Collegiate, I can say that
- without hesitation - we made the right choice as a school to have BSC as our provider. In particular, the relationship that we also developed as a school with our assessor was a very positive experience that remained consistent and clear during the 12 week period of the AO programme. The process of observations outlined by BSC and the documentation expected of the school was also a valid and effective way to monitor candidates and provide feedback against the teaching standards, also providing clear targets and areas for improvement."


St. Thomas More School

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