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International Programme Key Differences

The key difference between the PGCEi and the PGCE-iQTS course is iQTS.

iQTS is a UK government-backed international teaching qualification which is recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) as equivalent to English qualified teacher status (QTS). You can find out more about iQTS HERE.


In terms of the programmes, there are a variety of similarities and differences set out in each of the tabs below:

Entry Requirements




Undergraduate Degree


Minimum 2:2 Hons (UK Equivalent)

Any suitable subject

For Secondary Trainees: appropriate

subject-related degree, work

experience, or other evidence of

subject knowledge.

English Qualification


Non-native English Speakers: Demonstrable English proficiency: a degree studied through the medium of
English; or GCSE Grade C or above; or IELTS 6.5 within the last two years; or
significant and evidencable work/study experience in an English-speaking

Maths Qualification


For Primary Trainees ONLY: GCSE

Grade C or above (or equivalent);

or successful

completion of external equivalency

test from an *approved provider.

Primary & Secondary: GCSE Grade C

or above (or equivalent); or successful

completion of external equivalency

test from an *approved provider.

Science Qualification


Not Required

For Primary Trainees ONLY: GCSE
Grade C or above (or equivalent); or
successful completion of external
equivalency test.

Qualification Verification


Completed by University

Documentation Verification/Attestation


Completed by University – High quality scans of all documentation required.

All qualifications and ID to be attested by an approved person. High quality scans of attested documentation required.

Additional Admissions Assessment

Not Required

Interview and Numeracy and Literary Interview Task

Safeguarding Requirements


Placement schools local safeguarding checks accepted

Confirmation from school that they have completed local safeguarding checks. If an applicant has lived in the UK they will also need to obtain an ICPC certificate.

Equivalency Tests
*If you do not hold GCSE Maths and, if needed, GCSE Science (or equivalent) it is possible to undertake online equivalency tests. Visit:

Significant discount available for Warwick offer holders, please email for the code.
Discounted from £165 to £139 (saving £26).
Please contact for the discount code

If you intend to sit an online equivalency test, you must receive your pass result and provide evidence of this before you are permitted to join the course.

Non-UK Certification

Certificates must be in English or, if not, official transcripts and translations provided. You will be asked to upload your certificates, transcripts and translations during the pre-screening process. If you received a high school education outside of the UK you will need to ensure that your degree and your high school qualifications are equivalent to UK GCSE grade C or above. The ENIC compatibility tool (here) is useful for this purpose.

Cambridge Examinations IGCSE's, US High School Diplomas, Higher Secondary School Certificates,

the Baccalaureate Général, and the Titulo de Bachille are examples of acceptable alternatives.

Find out more

To better understand the requirements of each course we recommend that you work through our International Programmes webpages and read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pageLink opens in a new window. If upon reviewing these pages you still aren’t sure which option is best for you, please contact us via email at and we would be happy to answer any additional questions you have related to the international programmes