Postgraduate Course

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK fee

£8,000 (2024/25)

International fee

£8,000 (2024/25)

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In 2022, the Department for Education (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 a UK government-backed international teaching qualification, recognised by the DfE, as equivalent to English Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), meaning that anyone who is awarded the iQTS qualification by an accredited ITT provider, will automatically be awarded QTS through the DfE.

This iQTS course is for trainee teachers of primary education ages 3-11 years.

The highlights

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

You 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 International 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 high-quality 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 who have secured a placement school outside the UK able to support them, 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- to 7-year-olds or 5- to 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.

What you will study

The iQTS programme consists of three professional practice zero credit modules at level 6.

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

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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Online International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS) Course Overview and Q&A: May 2024

Wednesday, 22 May 2024 10.00 - 11.00

In this one hour webinar, Andy Bloor, Programme Leader, will provide detailed information about the iQTS course. If you're considering joining the iQTS course this September, this webinar will help you to find all the information you'll need.

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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:

School Placements

In line with the International Teachers' Standards (2021), you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the iQTS curriculum in different settings, regularly formatively assessing your ability to remember and apply it in theoretical and practical environments. You will be supported to teach all subjects in the Primary curriculum and assessed in all curriculum subjects. You will be required to gain a minimum of 140 days of school experience during the iQTS course, plus a further 20 days of Intensive Training and Practice (ITaP) based in your placement school.

As well as University based teaching, your knowledge of the curriculum will be developed and assessed in placement experiences.

If you are currently employed by a school and will undertake your placements there, they will need to confirm that they can support you during the course, including allowing you time to undertake taught sessions and to engage with the reflective process necessary for success on the course.

You will follow one of two age group routes:

  1. 3-7 years, or
  2. 5-11 years

The age group route you choose will determine the assessed placements you undertake. Irrespective of the route undertaken, the qualification at the end will be the same.

Of the three assessed placements, at least one must be taken in consecutive 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.

Note: Placements should be sourced by yourself. You must be able to practice for a minimum of 140 days, and supply a mentor able to support you for a minimum of 1.5 hrs per week and commit to 20 hours synchronous and asynchronous mentor training throughout the year, which can be amended based on prior experience. Those in employment can undertake the iQTS in their school.

Placement Mentor

During your placements, you'll be supported by your university tutors, as well as a school-based Mentor. Your school will need to confirm that they have identified a mentor who is suitably qualified to support you, can be released for specific mentor training and development, and able to devote the time to effectively support you in the course. You will need to evidence this at application.

As a minimum, your mentor should be qualified to teach in the school you are placed. They must be able to:

University Tutor

Your University Tutor will undertake virtual observations, all of which will be recorded, to support professional dialogue and judgements.  Tutors will provide you with support during your placements around key aspects of your role, including assessment, moderation, and progress.

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.

Course Duration

This iQTS course is completed part-time over one year.

The course is 47 weeks in duration, delivered over three terms.

Your placements will run from September to December, January to March and April to June, with adjustments made to reflect local holidays and school terms.

Typically, you will have 5 hours per week directed by the university, plus a further 15 hours per week implementing your learning in placement.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through placement-based assessments, as described above.

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

Who will teach you

Andy Bloor
Programme leader

Andy Bloor is a Senior Lecturer in International Education and Programme Lead for the iPGCE and iQTS programmes. His fields of interest are around International and Comparative Education and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties in children, particularly those with Attachment Disorder and neuro-atypical children.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the course will require the following:

As part of completing your application, you must provide evidence of your qualifications as well as other requested documentation.

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 IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 7.0 (a minimum score of 6.5 in any one area may be acceptable) or equivalent.

If you studied your undergraduate degree in English, please provide evidence of this to demonstrate your proficiency in English.

Find out more about our English language requirements

For non-UK qualification equivalency please apply for a Statement of Comparability from UK ENIC to provide on application.

Additional Information

Prohibition Checks

A Prohibition List check will automatically be carried out after we have received a Firm acceptance of an offer.

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.


Shortlisted applications will be invited for an interview with members of the Programme Team which will be held via Microsoft Teams.

Your interview experience is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion for the course you are applying for.

What to bring to the interview

Photographic proof of your identity, e.g. passport, driving licence etc. Please note that if you do not bring this you will not be interviewed.

If offered a place and you accept, you will be asked to provide:

Any special requirements?

Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments, particularly if you have any disability or special needs, to help us to assist you in the interview process, eg any access or communication issues.

Is the interview compulsory?

Yes. You will need to attend the interview before we can make you an offer on the programme.

What happens if I am running late on the day?

We know that delays are sometimes unavoidable so, if you are running late on the day, please contact us as soon as you can and let us know your estimated arrival time. If necessary, we can tell you about any alternate arrangements for your interview. In some instances, if you expect to be significantly late, we may suggest you book for a different date.

And finally…

Should you have any questions, or if you require any reasonable adjustments to attend the interview, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone: +44 (0)1332 591167 or email:

Fees and funding

2024/25 for new entrants

Starting between September 2024 and August 2025.

UK/EU fee: £8,000

International fee: £8,000

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course based on the fee in the current academic year. However, please note that 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 if your course lasts longer than one year.

If you are required to undertake any associate study or additional study as a condition of your offer for the programme, please be aware that the cost for this will be in addition to the programme cost stated above.

Visit our Fees and Finance web pages for further details on course fees and paying for your course.

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

  Initial payment up front (20%) 2nd payment (20%) 3rd payment (20%) 4th payment (20%) 5th payment (20%)
September intake Enrolment 1 December 1 January 1 February 1 March
Amount due £1,600 £1,600 £1,600 £1,600 £1,600

Fee Discount for iPGCE Graduates

Graduates of the University of Derby online iPGCE are eligible for a £990 discount on the iQTS course fees (Academic year 2024/2025).

Technical Equipment Costs

This course requires the use of three cameras / video capture devices that are capable of recording at least an hour of video and can be connected to one single computer. The recorded files need to be uploaded in one of the following formats:

Any costs incurred for this equipment are not covered within your course fees.

How to apply

Please note that this course has earlier application deadlines.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the September 2024 intake of the iQTS course is 30 June 2024.

Apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

In addition to meeting the above course entry criteria, applicants will also need to provide the following documentation together with your application to demonstrate your 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 Gov website.

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


The iQTS qualification is a highly respected route into primary teaching, across the world. You will automatically be recommended for English QTS from the UK Department for Education upon successful completion of this course.

As an iQTS graduate 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 increase your knowledge and confidence to go into leadership roles in schools.

You may choose to support the next generation of trainee teachers by stepping into a mentoring role yourself.

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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