Postgraduate Course

International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS)*

     * This course is subject to validation 

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    International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) is a UK government-backed international teaching qualification, recognised by the Department for Education (DfE), as equivalent to English Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course is for trainee teachers of primary education ages 3-11.

    In 2022, the DfE appointed University of Derby as one of only six accredited providers for the new International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme / qualification. iQTS is recognised as equivalent to English QTS by DfE, meaning that anyone who is awarded the iQTS qualification by an accredited ITT provider, will be automatically awarded QTS through the DfE.

    The highlights

    Top30for Education**The Guardian University Guide 2024
    Top15for teaching quality - Education**National Student Survey 2023

    Benefitting from our expertise in online education, this course will be delivered through online learning, combined with academic support to help you become a qualified and confident classroom teacher of children aged 3 – 11 years.

    Trainees will undertake assessed placements in your local schools and will be supported for the duration of the course by a trained mentor from your school setting.

    In line with the iQTS Teachers’ Standards and Core Content Framework, the iQTS will focus on the fundamental skills needed to be an effective teacher in any international setting, supported by a strong understanding of the subject pedagogy and professional skills required to be an outstanding teacher.

    As a long-standing provider of Initial Teacher Training and Education (ITT/E), awarding this qualification affirms our place as both a national and now international provider of Outstanding ITT/E, one of only a small number of providers in the UK offering this award.

    Who is the iQTS for?

    The iQTS is aimed at those living outside of the UK, including:

    If you prefer to undertake a qualification without Qualified Teacher Status, then our online iPGCE course may be more suited to you.

    Specialism for Primary Education

    This course allows you to tailor your studies to match your own interests and career plans. Depending on your preference and any prior experience, you can choose to specialise, via your placements, in teaching 3– 7-year-olds or 5–11-year-olds.

    Whichever route you choose, your award will be the same; however, your placements, undertaken in host schools sourced by yourself, will be appropriate to your chosen route to help you advance your teaching and learning skills in specific areas.

    Requirements for Entry to the Course 

    Applicants for the course will require the following:

    If English is not your first language, you will be required to have evidence of English equivalent to IELTS 7.0 (a minimum score of 6.5 in any one area may be acceptable)

    Additional requirements for suitability to join the course

    In addition to meeting the above course entry criteria, applicants will also need to provide the following to demonstrate suitability to join the iQTS course:

    * Your ICPC and Certificate of Good Conduct must be valid at the start date of the IQTS programme.

    **Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

    A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

    Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

    Evidence of good health

    If your application successfully progresses to offer stage, an offer will be made subject to you meeting the course’s health requirements. You will be required to complete a Health Questionnaire via an external agency, Optima Health, to demonstrate good health for joining the course.

    What you will study

    Full details of the programme modules and content will be announced upon final validation.

    Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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