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International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS)

International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) is a new international teaching qualification, backed by the UK Government, which is being piloted from September 2022 with six providers. 

iQTS is a one-year postgraduate course with the same entry criteria as English Initial Teacher Training, which leads to the automatic award of QTS. 

Introduction to International Qualified Teacher Status - Webinar

In this COBIS webinar (June 2022), representatives from the Department for Education (DfE) shared further details about iQTS, the pilot, and next steps.


There are six providers involved in the iQTS pilot phase:

  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • The University of Birmingham Dubai
  • The University of Derby
  • The University of Sunderland
  • The University of Warwick

More information about applying to provide iQTS as part of the wider roll-out can be found here