Taught course

International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · School of Education, Languages and Linguistics

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree from a UK or non-UK institution of higher education, or the equivalent. GCSE Mathematics at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. This interview will include an admissions test. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. Additional checks, as appropriate, will be carried out to ensure the iQTS entry criteria are met. Applicants must be living and/or working overseas to be eligible for the course.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content


If you live outside the UK and you're looking to gain an internationally-recognised teaching qualification, this one-year International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) course will enable you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) without having to travel to the UK.

We accept applications from secondary teachers (teaching pupils aged 11-16) who teach English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography and modern foreign languages.

You'll need to be already working full-time or on a full-time work placement in a secondary school outside the UK, with support from your school to take this course.

You'll study this course online, being taught by our expert teacher training team through distance learning. Alongside your online study, you'll do at least 120 days of teaching practice within your school-based role, including an intensive teaching placement. You'll also spend time teaching in an alternative school setting.

As you develop your teaching skills through your studies online, you'll be able to put them into practice immediately, with in-person support from a mentor based at your school. Your mentor will be trained and supported by us at the University of Portsmouth.

Once you complete the course, you'll have earned International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS), which automatically qualifies you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) too. You'll be qualified to teach in all English schools (provided you have a visa or immigration status giving you the right to work in the UK), ready for a teaching career in high demand.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • gain the skills and experience you need to achieve International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), studying online and working in your current role or placement outside the UK
  • learn from our experienced and friendly lecturers and academics in online sessions, and work independently using our wide variety of online resources
  • receive in-person support and guidance from a mentor at your school
  • complete the course with an internationally-recognised teaching qualification that enables you to teach in the UK if you want to

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Team
02392 845566