Get international qualified teacher status (iQTS)

International qualified teacher status (iQTS) is a teaching qualification backed by the UK government. iQTS meets the same high standards as English qualified teacher status (QTS)(opens in new window), and leads to the automatic award of QTS. You can train where you live and work, with no need to visit the UK.

Why choose iQTS?

iQTS is offered by world-class English teacher training providers working with schools in countries around the world. Alongside online tutorials and lectures, you’ll spend a minimum of 120 days gaining practical experience in a school in your region, and get in-person support from a trained mentor.

iQTS allows you to train to teach children aged 5 to 11, or children aged 11 to 18 in the full range of secondary school subjects taught in English schools(opens in new window).

When you complete the course, you’ll have the skills, experience and knowledge to become an excellent teacher. You will also automatically be awarded English qualified teacher status (QTS) with no further fees or training. QTS is recognised all over the world as a teaching gold standard and will also qualify you to teach in England.

If you decide to teach in England, as an early career teacher you’ll benefit from a two-year induction period alongside your work in a school. You’ll earn a salary and get mentoring and continuous professional development to help you succeed as a teacher.

Entry requirements

Both UK and non-UK citizens can apply for iQTS – however, you must be living outside England.

You will also need to have:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a UK or non-UK university (or other institution)

  • a maths qualification of the same standard as GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) grade 4

  • for teaching children aged 3 to 11, a science qualification of the same standard as GCSE grade 4

  • excellent written and verbal English language skills

You do not need any teaching experience or to be working in a school to apply for iQTS.

To show you meet the required standard in the English language, you’ll need one of the following:

Help with qualifications

A GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) is an academic qualification awarded for exams in England, usually taken at age 16.

If you’re not sure whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for iQTS, you can apply for a statement of comparability from UK ENIC(opens in new window), the UK National Information Centre for global qualifications and skills. A statement of comparability proves that your school and university qualifications are the same standard as UK GCSEs and a UK bachelor’s degree.

Fees

Fees range from £7,950 to £9,950 for a one-year, full-time iQTS course. Check training provider websites for full details.

Applicants for iQTS are not eligible for loans, bursaries or any other type of financial support from Student Finance England to help cover the costs of studying iQTS.

To find out about scholarship opportunities, contact your chosen iQTS training provider directly.

Placement schools and working while you train

iQTS is delivered by English training providers working in close partnership with schools outside England. These placement schools offer iQTS trainees practical experience and in-person mentoring.

Some training providers will already have relationships with schools in your region and will be able to match you to a particular school. Others will make it an entry requirement for their course that you set up your own placement with a local school.

If you are already employed in a school, you can discuss with your training provider whether you can continue working in that school while you complete your iQTS qualification.

To learn more, contact your chosen iQTS provider directly.

 How to apply

For more details and to apply, visit the provider websites listed on this page.

All iQTS training providers are approved by the UK government and must meet the same strict standards. However, they may vary in their approach to:

  • fees

  • placement schools and working while you train

  • application process and entry requirements

  • the regions and countries around the world where they offer iQTS training

Contact the provider directly to:

  • learn whether they work with, or will accept, a placement school in your region or country

  • apply for a place on an iQTS training course

iQTS training providers

The following providers are accepting applications from all over the world:

The following providers specialise in particular regions, or should be contacted for further information:

We have recently approved the following providers to offer iQTS for the 2024/25 academic year. Their iQTS courses are still being designed – check back to provider websites for more information.

Assessment

At the end of your training, your iQTS provider and school will assess you to check you meet the iQTS Teachers’ Standards(opens in new window).

Your training provider will award you international qualified teacher status (iQTS) when you have successfully passed this assessment process. You will then be automatically awarded qualified teacher status (QTS)(opens in new window) by England’s Department for Education.

 Other routes to QTS

iQTS is an international teaching qualification designed for UK and non-UK citizens living outside England.

If you’re living in England and want a teaching qualification leading to QTS, you must apply for teacher training in England.

If you’re already qualified as a teacher or have teaching experience, other routes to qualified teacher status (QTS) may be faster and more affordable.

Qualified teachers should check their eligibility to apply for QTS in England(opens in new window).

If you have no teaching qualification but lots of experience, you should check your eligibility for assessment only QTS(opens in new window).

Teaching in England

If you successfully complete your iQTS course, you will be qualified to teach in England. It’s important to note that you will also have to apply for a teaching job and a visa, unless you already have an immigration status allowing you to work in the UK.

Teach in England gives more information.

Early career teacher induction

If you choose to teach in England, as an early career teacher you’ll benefit from a two-year induction period alongside your work in school. You’ll earn a salary and get mentoring and continuous professional development to help you succeed as a teacher.

While induction is a requirement to teach in most schools in England, you do not need to complete an induction period to teach outside the UK. However, if you wish, you can choose to complete your early career teacher induction at a Department for Education-accredited British School Overseas(opens in new window).

Contact

To learn more about applying for iQTS, contact your chosen training provider for information about their application process.

For general advice about iQTS, email us on iqts.policy@education.gov.uk.

You can also call us on +44 800 389 2500. Calls will be charged at your country’s standard rate. Or you can contact us using the live chat service at the bottom of this page.

We’re available Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm (UK local time) except on bank holidays(opens in new window) in England.

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