Assessment Only provides a fast track route to Qualified Teacher Status for unqualified teachers providing they are already employed in a school environment.

The Assessment Only route takes into account an individual’s past and present work experience, they are potentially able to qualify in a much shorter timeframe than if they were to undertake a PGCE or more conventional teacher training. Candidates also benefit from remaining in paid employment throughout their assessment, with the chance of improved promotion prospects after they have fully qualified, along with an increased salary (qualified teachers typically earn, on average, at least £6000 more than their unqualified colleagues).


You should be enthusiastic, motivated, and show high levels of initiative. You must:

  • Have a first degree in relevant subject (typically 2.2 classification) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

  • Have achieved a standard equivalent grade 4 (previously grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics, and if you intend to train to teach primary additionally have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examination in a science subject.

  • Be employed by a school in a teaching capacity at the time of commencing the programme
  • Have taught in at least two schools demonstrating experience of:

    • Working with children and young people from different backgrounds across the ability range in their chosen age ranges
    • Experience of different approaches to teaching and learning and to school organisation and management
  • Be able to demonstrate that you have the suitability to teach in terms of appropriate academic capabilities and personal qualities, a positive attitude, and a good grasp of professional ethics, morality and integrity

Within your school, you will need to secure:

  • Agreement that the school will work in partnership with Star Institute to carry out your QTS assessment

  • A named and suitably qualified and experienced mentor to work in partnership with a Star Institute tutor to carry out your assessment

To commence your registration on this route you must:

  • Provide evidence of identity
  • Be subject to a DBS enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background checks
  • Submit a medical disclosure to meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for health and capacity to teach

  • Complete a prohibition and EEA check

  • Complete a disqualification declaration


In accordance with the guidelines set out by the DfE, the Assessment Only route must assess your ability to meet the standards for QTS as part of the selection process. Your existing skill sets and the extent of your teaching experience will therefore be evaluated through an initial audit at the beginning of the programme. Your employing school will also be asked to comment on your readiness for assessment based on your progress and current performance.

You will need to provide a variety of high quality evidence to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards across two or more schools across the full ability and age range.


The assessment period will last for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of three months.


The Assessment Only route is available to any schools or academies in England.



Although Student Loans are not available for the Assessment Only route, you may still be eligible for a Professional and Career Development Loan , which banks offer to learners to assist with tuition fees and the related costs of learning.


Click here to download a copy of our Assessment Only application form

Click here to download the associated application guidance

Click here to download the Second School Declaration Form

If you have any enquiries about the application process, please call 0330 313 9870 or email

Key Information

Programme Assessment Only
Duration 1 term
Entry requirements Degree in relevant subject, GCSE English and Maths (Science in case of Primary).
Previous teaching experience
How to apply Register interest with Star Institute