Taught course

International Qualified Teacher Status

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

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 5 to 11 additionally have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examination in a science subject *
  • To demonstrate proficiency in the English language, candidates will need to evidence an average IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (or equivalent score in another English language testing system), or to have completed some of their education in English, for example a degree studied in English. *

Other entry requirements relate to professional practice as a teacher. These include providing references (one from your most recent 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.

We're interested in your potential as a teacher and so each application is considered on a case-by-case basis. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to becoming the best teacher. Your application will need to be supported by one professional reference. (References from personal email accounts cannot be accepted).

* If you do not hold these qualifications, we can provide information on taking equivalent tests prior to undertaking the iQTS course.

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

Months of entry


Course content

Enter an exciting and rewarding profession that enables you to positively impact on the life of children and become the very best ‘leader of learning’. If you are new to teaching or a teacher in employment seeking an internationally recognised professional qualification, the International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) course for you.

The iQTS will fully prepare you to meet the professional requirements of the International Teachers’ Standards alongside equipping you to engage in relevant academic skills. Studying in your country with other teachers, 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.

Successfully completing the iQTS, could help further your career both in your country or abroad. This iQTS course is suitable for those teaching in Primary (age 5 years to 11 years) and Secondary (age 11 to 16 years) in the following subjects: Art and Design; Music; English; Geography; History; Religious Education; Computing; Mathematics; Science; Physical Education or Modern, Foreign Languages.

Canterbury Christ Church University has been rated as in the top 15 universities in the category for International by our students on Whatuni 2023. Our dedication to our international students as well as our Ofsted rating of Good for our Initial Teacher Education provision assures you of the highest quality when you undertake our course. Canterbury Christ Church University were one of just six providers selected by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver the innovative iQTS pilot from September 2022, which has established us as leaders in the field. We are now offering places on the iQTS Course for the next academic year.

The iQTS is for those who are new to teaching or in-service teachers who are keen to gain professional qualification and the associated recognition. 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 recognises the value of context in international settings.

CCCU holds a long-standing reputation and expertise in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) which we reflect in the high standards of our iQTS qualification. CCCU are working with excellent partner schools to offer placements in a range of countries including: Spain, Nepal, and Algeria.

If you are already employed in a school or have the offer to work in a school abroad, you can still apply for the iQTS. Your school must be able to support you through your course and arrange for an experienced teacher in the school to take on the role of school-based mentor. You will need to complete the Employer Endorsement Form as part of your application.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • iQTS
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44(0)1227 928000