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iQTS (Secondary) PGCE

Are you are a practising or aspiring secondary education teacher working outside of England? Turn your passion into a career with a globally transferable teaching qualification that will allow you to teach all over the world.



Course length: 1 year full-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Online study
Subject(s): Education and Teaching
Faculty: Education
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Secondary school students having a discussion with a teacher.

International qualified teacher status (iQTS) is backed by the UK government and taught by approved English teacher training providers such as Edge Hill University. You will be supported to teach all secondary education subjects. iQTS meets the same high standards as English qualified teacher status (QTS).

With Edge Hill’s iQTS you can train via remote technology at a placement school in your region with no need to visit the UK.

You will gain the skills, experience and knowledge you need to be an excellent secondary education teacher and will develop academic skills of criticality and research literacy that are transferable to further postgraduate study.

Training is provided by remote technology, giving you the flexibility to train where you live and work.

Course features

  • Professional practice placements

  • Professional accreditation

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

Compulsory modules:

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Evidence-Informed Practice (International)
ITE Curriculum and Practice (iQTS) – Secondary
Principles of Learning and Curriculum Design (International)

How you'll study

Scheduled online teaching will be delivered by Edge Hill University tutors. All teaching sessions will be delivered online, through a combination of webinars and group and individual tutorials. You will also learn through completing planned independent reading and study tasks.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will allow you to critically engage with the central course texts. You will have the opportunity to discuss these in your teaching sessions, alongside regular feedback from your tutors to support you with the final module assessment.

This course consists of full-time attendance in your work placement. We’ll support you with managing your workload, and we’ll make sure that you have the tools in place to achieve your potential and meet the Teachers’ standards.

Timetables for your induction week are normally available in August prior to enrolment. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your induction week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

How you'll be assessed

We will guide you through your coursework submissions, which includes written assignments and portfolios of evidence.

During your final school placement, you will complete an online reflection discussing how your experience has enabled you to meet the iQTS teachers’ standards. You’ll also complete a rationale of the design of a sequence of lessons, demonstrating critical awareness of the ways of knowing a particular subject area and the appropriate learning and teaching theories.

Who will be teaching you

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for over 135 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

You will be guided by a mentor within your school, who will be trained and supported by Edge Hill University.

Your credit-bearing modules will be taught by a team of research-driven, highly experienced teachers including specialisms in your age phase.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Applicants must not be resident or employed in England for the duration of this programme.

When you apply, you are expected to have:

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher
  • UK or equivalent Bachelors degree (first or second class honours) from a UK or non-UK university or institution (UK ENIC)
  • GCSE English Language (or local equivalent qualification) and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification)
  • GCSE Science at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • Sufficient levels of Information and Communications Technology competence and access to appropriate technology to engage with teaching and course materials e.g. virtual learning environment, email, video conferencing software
  • Capability in written English

An online interview determining suitability to teach is a necessary part of the selection process.

Prior to interview, candidates must provide:

  • A placement confirmation form, signed by a suitable representative of their placement setting, and including mentor CV in the required template
  • A completed subject knowledge audit form
  • Candidates will also need to prepare a short presentation for interview

Offers will be subject to satisfactory Quality Assurance of the placement setting by the iQTS admissions tutor.

Once an offer has been made:

  • Applicants will also be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach
  • An appropriate safeguarding check must be provided from from the country of residence
  • Applicants who have lived or worked in the UK at any time will need to provide an International Child Protection Certificate as a condition of acceptance.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

There is an online application for this course.

Apply for September 2024.


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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for students joining this course in 2024/25 are £9,250.

Your future career

iQTS is internationally focused and well-regarded as a teacher qualification around the world. Open the door to future job opportunities in secondary teaching anywhere in the world using the skills you gain with this internationally focused qualification.

You’ll complete your training with a gold standard teaching qualification and all the skills, experience and knowledge you need to be an excellent teacher.

If you want to teach in England following successful completion of your iQTS course, you will be eligible to apply for English qualified teacher status (QTS)* without any additional fees or training required.

*You will also need the right visa or immigration status, and to pass an employer’s criminal and professional safeguarding checks.

Edge Hill’s PGCE qualification includes 60 Masters Level credits that can be transferred into a suitable Masters degree. If you complete the PGCE component of this course at Masters level, you may also wish to continue Masters level study on an appropriate Masters programme in education.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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