Canterbury Christ Church University is one of six providers to have been selected by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver the iQTS pilot from September 2022. The application window for the iQTS is open until the 30th June 2022. We particularly welcome applications for placement in our partner schools in Madrid and Seville in Spain.

Lorna Hughes, Course Director

    How do you want to study?


    1 year




    If you are a teacher and would like to gain an internationally recognised professional qualification in teaching, this is the course for you. 

    Why study International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS)?

    This course provides flexibility to allow you to study in your country with other teachers. The iQTS will prepare you to meet the professional requirements of the International Teachers’ Standards alongside engagement with relevant academic skills. You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of policy and practice by studying and completing work-based activities as you progress and develop as a teacher.

      All about the course

      The iQTS is for those who are new to teaching or teachers already in partner schools who are keen to gain a professional qualification in teaching. You will train to teach in your home country, there is no requirement to visit the UK. The iQTS is based on the international Teacher Standards and follows the high quality QTS standard, but recognising the value of context in international settings.

      The aims of the iQTS course are to equip you to be an excellent teacher in practice. On the course we will explore how education strives for deep learning and wisdom and how our knowledge, skill and understanding links to the development of ourselves as educators and the young people whom we teach. You will have the opportunity to communicate across cultures, showing that you value diversity of beliefs and experiences both locally and internationally. You will draw on these diverse perspectives to link theory with research, policy and practice in education development. You will have the opportunity to adopt creative and innovative approaches to practice and in school. This will enable you to develop skills of reflective practice, adopting an enquiry-based approach to high standards and excellence in teaching and learning.

      The UK holds a reputation for high quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and the DfE aims to foster this in this new qualification, based on English standards and methods which are contextualised to reflect international requirements. We are working with excellent partner schools to offer placements in a range of countries including: Spain, Nepal, Algeria and China.

      If you are already employed in a school or you have the offer to work in a school abroad, you can still apply for the iQTS. Your school must be in a position to support you through your course and arrange for an experienced teacher in the school to take on the role of school-based mentor.

      This iQTS will prepare you for masters level study. You may choose to progress on to our masters level course including the MA Education.

      If you already hold a PGCE or International PGCE, then the Assessment Only Route to QTS may be a more suitable alternative.

      Entry requirements

      Applicants would need to meet the following entry requirements:

      • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a UK or non-UK institution of higher education, or an equivalent qualification
      • Have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examination in the subject of mathematics
      • All who intend to train to teach pupils aged 3 to 11 additionally have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examination in a science subject
      • Be able to evidence an average IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (or equivalent score in another English language testing system).

      Other entry requirements relate to professional practice as a teacher. These include providing references (one from your most recently employment), the capacity to meet the current professional standards for teaching and the physical and mental fitness to teach. Entrants must also satisfy the requirements concerning clearance in relation to criminal convictions and must remain in good standing in relation to such requirements.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught by supportive tutors through a variety of activities. Some of these include group seminars and lectures, tutorials, and workshops. Delivery will include online taught session and materials and resources. Your professional placement will be supported by a school-based mentor who will be working with you in the school setting. You will also be assigned a Link Tutor from the university to support your progression through placement. You will examine your teaching practice in your setting to further develop yourself as a reflective, confident and successful teacher and meet the International Teachers’ Standards by the end of the course.

      As you progress through the course, you will develop as a critical, reflective practitioner considering how research informs and can enhance the approaches we adopt as teachers. Your course will support, complement and extend your professional placement and practice in school.

      How you’ll be assessed

      Your teaching practice will be formatively assessed throughout the course by your school-based mentor and Link Tutor at the university. This will involve observed teaching by your school-based mentor and the Link Tutor through virtual means. Assessment of your progress on the course and final assessment will be through an electronic portfolio demonstrating you meet the International Teachers’ Standards. A range of tasks and approaches will be used to enable you to show your knowledge, skills and understanding. These may include written reflections, videos, images, presentations and relevant documents from practice. 

      Your future career

      The iQTS may enhance your promotion prospects and allow you to teach in other countries. On successful completion you will achieve iQTS and you will be eligible to apply for QTS to teach in England with no further fees or further training. Further details are available from the following DfE website

      You also may consider continuing on to study on masters programmes to support development of your specialist knowledge and skills for institutional development in your educational setting.


      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time N/A £9,000

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      1 year