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International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) (with PGCE)

School of Education
  • See 'Entry Requirements' tab below
  • Sep 2024
  • Full-time
  • 1 Year
  • Postgraduate
  • iQTS
  • Online
  • Your background

    1. You must have a university bachelor’s degree from a UK university or equivalents; UK ENIC provides advice on comparability or contact iqts-edu@buckingham.ac.uk. We will need to see your original degree certificate.
    2. You must have the equivalent of a UK GCSE grade 4 in mathematics. If you are teaching pupils aged 5-11 you also need a GCSE grade 4 in science or one of the science subjects. If you do not have an equivalent qualification you will be asked to sit a proficiency test. To check your qualifications meet the standard of a UK GCSE, refer to UK ENIC, where you can apply for a statement of comparability.
    3. You must have good written and spoken English. This means you completed some of your education in English OR you achieve an IELTS score 6.5 OR you pass our own English language test. Read further information about language requirements.
    4. You must pass child protection/safeguarding/ criminal record checks. If you have lived in the UK you will need to apply for an International Child Protection Certificate www.acro.police.uk.
    5. You must have the health and physical capacity to teach
    6. If you are teaching now, you should be able to provide evidence of your professional standing as a teacher
    7. You must pass an online interview with staff from the University of Buckingham
    8. You must have access to a reliable computer
    9. You must be teaching within one of the following age phases (you do not have to teach children of all ages within any phase):
      • Ages 3-11 = primary
      • Ages 11-19 = secondary route

    Your school

    1. You must be employed in a school as a teacher. You must be in school for a minimum of 120 days in the year.
    2. That school must be happy to support you doing the iQTS course and must be happy to recommend you.
    3. Your school must be able to provide an experienced member of staff in the school to act as your mentor, observing your lessons, providing feedback and discussing the weekly tasks set by the University of Buckingham. This will take 2-3 hours a week.
    4. Your school should be able to provide written confirmation that they have carried out safeguarding/ child protection checks and that you have been deemed suitable to work with children.
    5. If you do not have any evidence of prior experience in another school setting, your school must be willing to support you in gaining a minimum of 10 days experience in another school setting by the end of the course.


    Applicants who fulfil the criteria for entry onto the University of Buckingham’s iQTS course will be invited for interview. During the interview, applicants will asked questions about the international teacher standards, subject knowledge and their suitability to teach. Successful candidates will be sent a conditional offer which will include a successful School Placement Approval Meeting between university and their school and any outstanding documents.