International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS)

The School of Education at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) are delighted to have been accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) as a provider of International Qualify Teacher Status (iQTS) initial teacher training programme. The LJMU iQTS Training Partnership launches in 2024. Revisit this webpage and follow us on social media for updates and information about our innovative programme. 

Download the Department for Education’s iQTS Trainee leaflet:

Download iQTS Trainee leaflet

If you are an international school and interested your staff gaining iQTS status or hosting an iQTS trainee teacher, click on the link below to download the Department for Education’s iQTS Schools leaflet:

Download iQTS Schools leaflet

The iQTS includes a minimum of 120 days on teaching practice in a relevant school, with face-to-face school-based training and mentoring. Trained school-based mentors support trainees, following a bespoke training and mentoring programme.

Further information about the iQTS and how to apply can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.

Who is iQTS for?

The LJMU iQTS course is available to applicants who meet the Department for Education’s iQTS requirements.

iQTS is suitable for candidates who wish to train to teach and qualify outside the UK, including:

  • UK citizens currently working abroad who wish to start teacher training or develop their teaching career
  • Non-UK citizens who wish to begin teacher training or build on existing teaching experience
  • UK and non-UK teachers without QTS who wish to improve their employability in England and internationally with a UK government-backed and approved professional qualification.

Will LJMU find a placement for me?

Yes. We are currently negotiating with international schools with the aim of offering teaching placements in specific regions, within identified school partnerships. Currently, we do not plan to accept applications from candidates with an existing school placement.

Entry Requirements

To apply for iQTS you will need to have:

  • a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from a UK or non-UK university
  • achieved a standard equivalent to grade 4 in GCSE mathematics
  • for teaching children aged 3 to 11 (equivalent to English primary school), achieved a standard equivalent to grade 4 in a GCSE science (biology, chemistry, or physics) subject
  • demonstrated proficiency in the English language (you’ll need an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, the equivalent score in another English language testing system, or to have completed some of your education in English, for example, a degree studied in English)
  • be deemed suitable to train to teach in England and in the country in which you will train to teach (passing a range of relevant background checks including an International Child Protection Certificate and/or Letters of Good Conduct)
  • two references (from previous employers and/or your university if you have only recently graduated) confirming your suitability to train to teach and work with children

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