Ashton on Mersey SCITT is an Accredited Provider of the ‘Assessment Only’ route to QTS. This is designed for graduates with experience of teaching who have the ability to demonstrate meeting all of the Teachers’ Standards (July 2011) without the need for further training. In effect, the candidate must be ready for assessment at application. The length of the process must be completed within a 12 week period. Start and end dates are flexible and fluid with the applicant, their ‘supporting school’ and the ‘accredited provider’ (Ashton on Mersey SCITT).


To be eligible for the Assessment Only route, candidates must:

  • hold a UK honours degree, or equivalent qualification
  • have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics, and all those who intend to teach pupils aged 3-11 additionally must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in a taught GCSE subject
  • have taught in at least two schools before entry to the Assessment Only route (not restricted to England). This may include Early Years or Further Education
  • have taught children across the ability range in their chosen age ranges. It is not sufficient to have only had experience of 2 schools or settings
  • Typically, a candidate with fewer than two years’ experience in schools as an unqualified teacher would be unsuitable for this route, but there is flexibility for the provider to judge each application on its individual merit
  • be working or hosted in a school setting, endorsed by the Headteacher
  • have 60% teaching timetable
  • be working across the following age phases:

Primary (3 to 7, 5 to 11 or 7 to 11)

Secondary (11 to 16 or 14-19)


The fees outlined below, will be paid by the applicant or the supporting school, to be determined by yourselves. The initial £450 payment for the application phase is non-refundable should the provider deem the application to be unsuitable.

Application review, formal discussion with applicant and HT, portfolio presentation and formal lesson observation – £450

Formal assessment visits, portfolio presentation and QTS sign off – £1800

Total – £2250

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