Online course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year

UK fee

£9,250 for the full course* (2022/23)

International fee

£9,250 for the full course (2022/23)

Course level



PG Cert



Online course description

Please note: Due to limited places, this course is now closed for applications.

The DfE has appointed University of Derby as an accredited provider for the new International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (with International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme / qualification pilot year. 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 eligible to apply for professional QTS status through the DfE.

The highlights

Top30for Education**The Guardian University Guide 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.

Additionally, 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.

The iPGCE with iQTS will mirror the experience of the English PGCE programmes, providing a mixture of assessed practical input and experience, and Masters level academic input and assessment to give students the qualification of International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (with International Qualified Teacher status) (iPGCE with iQTS).

In line with the iQTS Teachers’ Standards and Core Content Framework, the iQTS element will focus on the fundamental skills needed to be an effective teacher in any international setting.

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 being asked to be part of the pilot.

Who is the IPGCE with iQTS for?

The IPGCE with iQTS is suited to those living outside of the UK, including:

If you prefer to undertake the IPGCE without Qualified Teacher Status, then our iPGCE course may be more suited to you.

Specialisms for Early Years or 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 Early Years (3–7-year-olds) or Primary (5–11-year-olds).

Whether you choose to follow Early Years or Primary, your award will be the same however your placements undertaken in host schools will be appropriate to your chosen route to help you advance your teaching and learning skills in specific areas.

Study at an institution with an excellent reputation in education

We provide high quality teacher education, as reflected in our awards of OFSTED Outstanding in Primary Education phase (a government assessment body in the UK).

This, coupled with University of Derby Online Learning’s reputation in online learning design and student support, means that this programme will offer a high-quality experience to learners.

What you will study

The IPGCE with iQTS award is achieved by completing one 20 credit module, one 40 credit module and two zero credit professional practice modules. You must successfully complete all modules to obtain the iQTS award at the end of the course.

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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How you will learn

Teaching and Learning

This course is delivered through online learning combined with in school learning and practice placements. Your online learning will involve:

In line with the International Teachers’ Standards (2021), you’ll develop your work-based learning through school-based placements. A minimum of 120 days of placement experience gained during the course are required.

You will attend 2 assessed placements ( 14 weeks and 11 weeks in duration) in quality assured settings as well as a non-assessed placement (5 weeks) to focus on a specific area of practice that you need to develop.

You will follow one of two routes:

  1. 3-7 years, covering English Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS and Key Stage 1), or
  2. 5-11 years, covering English Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

The age phase route you choose will determine the assessed placements you undertake.

Your two placements are required to be taken in adjacent age groups, and not in the same age group. For instance, 3-5 years and 5-7 years, or 5-7 years and 7-11 years.

During your placements, you’ll be supported by your University Placement Coordinator, and University Tutors, as well as a fully-trained school-based Mentor.

Student Support and Guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Study Skills

Many of our students have not studied for a long time so we put in place support to enable them to study at postgraduate level. If this applies to you, there are several advanced study skill resources available, covering areas such as research skills, critical evaluation in academic context, literature search, referencing, plagiarism and more.

Pace of study

This course is completed full time over 1 year.

The course is delivered over two semesters, totaling 47 weeks in duration.

Your placements will run from September to December, January to February and February to May. You will commence both taught modules in September 2022, completing the 20-credit module by December and the 40-credit module by June 2023.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through coursework and placement-based assessments.

Modules incorporate formative and summative assessments. Assessment would include formative tasks such as presentations, leading seminars and discussions, through to the summative written and practical activities. Ongoing feedback (written/ verbal) will be provided from tutors and peers during taught sessions and placement experiences, helping you to understand your strengths and areas for development towards International Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

You should normally have one of the following:

You will also need to have the equivalent of grade C / 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language, and Science.

NOTE: If you have started and / or completed our current IPGCE (MX1BN) course, you will not be eligible to join the IPGCE with IQTS course.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course. Applicants who have been resident in countries other than the UK will be required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct or equivalent from each country they have been resident in for the past five years as well as from their home country. We will contact you with information on how to complete this when required.

An Occupational Health Assessment and Clearance by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this when required.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)

Starting the course 1 September 2022

 Full-time course fee
UK/ EU/ International students £9,250*

Please note that the instalment calendar for this programme is as follows:

Trimester in which course beginsInitial payment up front (20%)2nd payment (20%) due3rd payment (20%) due4th payment (20%) due5th payment (20%) dueTotal payment made (100%)
Autumn Enrolment = £1,850 1 December = £1,850 1 January = £1,850 1 February = £1,850 1 March = £1,850 £9,250

Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional fee information

Other costs

This course will require the use of three devices capable of recording at least an hour of video that can be uploaded in one of the following formats:

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

Due to limited places, this course is now closed for applications.

Shortlisted applications will be invited for an interview with members of the Programme Team which will be held via Microsoft Teams. Interviews will take place from 4 July 2022.

Interview information

Documents to support your application

In support of your application, you will need to provide the following items. Please ensure you provide all requested items together with your application form to be considered for the course.

*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 Gov website.


The IPGCE with iQTS gives you a highly respected route into primary teaching, across the world.

As a graduate of this course and ultimately becoming a teacher with internationally recognised qualified teacher status, you can pursue a career in teaching anywhere in the world, including in England. You may go into roles such as subject coordinator into a pastoral role. Ultimately, this course will hopefully increase your knowledge and confidence to go into leadership roles in schools.

You may choose to support the next generation of trainee teachers but stepping into a Mentoring role yourself. You will also be able to apply for English QTS from the UK government Department for Education.

Upon completing this course, you may wish to go on to complete a full Masters award such as our online MA Education which offers specialist pathways in Leadership and Management or TESOL. It would then be possible for you to progress onto Doctoral level study such as our Doctor of Education EdD (online).

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Additional information about your studies

This course is now closed for applications

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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