School of Education

  • Assessment only route to QTS

    Are you an experienced teacher who would like to complete a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)?

    If so, then Oxford Brookes can offer you an assessment only route leading to QTS.

    We are pleased to announce that Oxford Brookes University is one of a restricted number of organisations that have been selected by the DfE/NCTL to offer their new ‘Assessment Only’ (AO) route to QTS.

    Age ranges offered

    • Ages 5-11 (primary)
    • Ages 7-14 (middle)
    • Ages 11-19 (secondary)

    Is this route suitable for me?

    The Assessment only route is suitable for experienced graduate instructors who have been teaching for 2 years or more and would like to complete a formal qualification to gain QTS. It is also suitable if you have substantial teaching experience in either the public or private sector but have not yet gained QTS.

    Entry requirements(A1.1 to A1.5)

    • GCSE Grade C / 4 or equivalent in English and Maths (and Science if Primary).
    • Hold a first degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification
    • Suitability to teach
    • Ability to demonstrate meeting all the standards for QTS without the need for any further training
    • Professional ITT Skills Tests (Teacher training skills tests)
    • You must provide satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks as part of the assessment process.
    • You must have taught in at least two schools, with teaching experience across two or more consecutive age ranges; you must also show some knowledge and understanding of the age ranges immediately before and after the ones you are teaching; these include the 0-3 and post-19 age ranges, where applicable. 
    • Applicants for the AO Route programme should have been teaching as an unqualified teacher for at least two years before application. 

    Which school and subjects are covered?

    • Primary
    • Secondary

    How much does this route cost?

    The total cost of the AO route is:

    • £2,500.00 (if your school is part of OBU’s wider partnership)
    • £5,500 (outside of OBU’s wider partnership)

    Fees can be paid in two instalments (at the Initial assessment and Final assessment) on request

    I would like to apply for this route – what should I do now?

    If you are interested in applying for this route to gain QTS you will need a school to recommend you. If you need further information or clarification, please contact Lorna Shires, Principal Lecturer, Teacher Development, Safeguarding Lead for School of Education (

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