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Assessment only

Are you a practicing educator that is yet to achieve Qualified Teacher Status? The Assessment Only (AO) route provides a shorter, simpler pathway for those who have considerable experience teaching in schools and educational settings, but do not possess Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This is the course page for Assessment only at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Assessment only and what this involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes the selection process and how assessment works.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. Please contact Jan Lewis on for more information.

The AO route allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the Teachers’ Standards, without the need for any further training.
If you are an Overseas Trained Teacher (OTT) the AO route also allows you to gain QTS if you have qualified as a teacher in a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).

To Apply

If you are interested in the Assessment Only route, please:

  • Contact Jan Lewis, preferably by email (, tel: 02380 594669) to discuss initial interview

Programme Structure

The formal part of the assessment will take place over a 12 week period.

Key Facts

More information:

There is a maximum charge of £3,000 for this programme.

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

You must:

  • have passed GCSE English and Maths at least at grade C/4 (plus Science if applying for primary) and be able to produce original certificates. Alternatively the University of Southampton equivalency tests must be passed;
  • have a first degree to honours level. For secondary applicants this should contain some elements of the subject they wish to teach (this will be discussed at interview);
  • for applicants who were educated outside the UK the certificates mentioned above should be accompanied by UK NARIC declarations of equivalency;
  • currently be holding a teaching post and able to produce evidence of teaching across 2 consecutive key stages;
  • have evidence of teaching in at least 2 schools;
  • hold current enhanced DBS clearance which must be verified by the employing school;
  • have undergone employment fitness checks and be declared ‘fit to teach’ by their employing school;
  • be able to read and communicate in Standard English;
  • Must have evidence of consistently teaching good or better lessons;
  • Must provide evidence of literacy, numeracy and subject specific proficiency;

For the academic year 2019-20, you must pass both the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests if you wish to begin the formal part of the programme before the 1 April 2020.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

There are no taught modules on this course.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

There is a maximum charge of £3,000 for this programme.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning is school-based and is set in the classroom environment. Assessment is via practical observations of lessons, interviews and scrutiny of paperwork against the Teachers' Standards.

Study locations

Building 32

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