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If you are an experienced teacher with a degree, you can achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) without further training.

The Assessment Only route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. This is not a training programme and is only available for unqualified teachers with appropriate educational qualifications and experience.

The Assessment Only Route should not be considered as a substitute route for applicants unable to secure places on initial teacher training courses.

This route to qualification is suitable for teachers who do not have QTS, but who have taught for two years or more in at least two schools (or colleges), with substantial experience in two consecutive age phases.

For information about the programme please contact the QTS team directly by emailing

Age phase requirements

All applicants recommended for the award of QTS will be assessed as meeting the QTS standards across at least two consecutive key stages.


  • Key Stage 1: Ages 5-7
  • Key Stage 2: Ages 7-11


  • Key Stage 3: Ages 11-14
  • Key Stage 4: Ages 14-16
  • Key Stage 5: Ages 16-19