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International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) programme

International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) programme

In 22/23, the University of Warwick is one of only six providers working exclusively with the Department for Education to offer a new iQTS course, commencing in September 2022.

The Warwick PGCE iQTS course will build on the existing strengths of our current international teacher training programmes to deliver an international programme that will prepare teachers to demonstrate the iQTS Teachers’ Standards. The course will encompass the full entitlement as described in the iQTS Core Content Framework, as appropriate for the subject, phase and age range, and in the context of the local environment in which students are teaching. The PGCE iQTS course is also 90-credit postgraduate course and our iQTS graduates will be eligible to transfer this credit on to our MA in Professional EducationLink opens in a new window. 

Pilot countries and subjects decided (August 2022 entry)

During the pilot year, the DFE have restricted each of the providers to an intake of only 30 trainees. After receiving considerable numbers of expressions of interest February to April 2022, we have identified a limited range of courses and countries in which we will run the pilot. This is necessary for the pilot year but we aim to expand this for future intakes. We do still have space on our PGCEi programmeLink opens in a new window, commencing August 2022.

Information on our current international teacher training courses can be found at our PGCEi courseLink opens in a new window webpage. 

Register your interest for PGCE iQTS courses starting in 2023

If you would like to receive further information on our plans for PGCE iQTS programmes following the pilot year, please complete the form at the bottom of the page and we will contact you with updates on the course and application process within the next few weeks.


Who is iQTS for?

iQTS is suitable for candidates who wish to train to teach and qualify outside the UK, including:

  • UK citizens currently working abroad who wish to start teacher training or develop their teaching career
  • Non-UK citizens who wish to begin teacher training or build on existing teaching experience
  • UK and non-UK teachers without QTS who wish to improve their employability in England and internationally with a UK government-backed and approved professional qualification.

Will the University of Warwick find a placement for me?

  • No. We do not currently recruit to international courses that come with the school placements. We require PGCE iQTS candidates to already be working in a school OR have an offer of work in a school abroad that is willing to support you through your iQTS programme, including at least 120 days of teaching practice. From 2023, we may be able to signpost you to potential schools abroad to which you could apply to teach, should you not yet have a school in which you can gain the teaching experience necessary for the iQTS programme.

Entry Requirements

To apply for iQTS you will need to have:

  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from a UK or non-UK university
  • Achieved a standard equivalent to grade 4 in GCSE mathematics.
  • For teaching children aged 3 to 11 (equivalent to English primary school), achieved a standard equivalent to grade 4 in a GCSE science (biology, chemistry or physics) subject
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the English language (you’ll need an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, the equivalent score in another English language testing system, or to have completed some of your education in English, for example, a degree studied in English)
  • Be deemed suitable to train to teach in England and in the country in which you will train to teach (passing a range of relevant background checks including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service 'DBS' check in the UK).
  • Two references (from previous employers and/or your University if you have only recently graduated) confirming your suitability to train to teach and work with children.

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