Advice for international candidates

The assessment process for international students is exactly the same, with potential candidates needing to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills, attributes and qualifications to meet the demands of the programme.  



Overseas qualifications

If your qualifications are from a country outside the UK, you need to call the Get Into Teaching helpline on 0800 389 2500. They will advise you on what your qualifications are equivalent to, and can help you with getting a NARIC statement of comparability, which you will need to obtain before applying. 

Securing a UK visa

If you're from outside the EEA, you will require a UK visa that will be allocated under the points-based immigration system. Although United Learning considers sponsoring non-EEA nationals, these are assessed on a case-by-case basis and sponsorship cannot be guaranteed.

The system has four tiers, which are different routes to employment, training or studying in the UK. Below are the most relevant to the teacher workforce:

  • Tier 2: This is for workers who have an offer of a skilled job from an employer in the UK that cannot be filled by a settled worker and includes workers coming to the UK to fill shortage occupations.  

  • Tier 5 (Temporary worker): This is for workers to work in a variety of temporary roles with an organisation in the UK which will help to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives including volunteering and job shadowing.  

  • Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme): This applies to individuals on a youth mobility scheme (aged 18-30) who are allowed to work in the UK for a maximum period of 2 years with no option to renew (a teacher wishing to extend their stay would have to leave the country and apply for a Tier 2 visa).

For further details on visa eligibility, fees and the application process, visit the Home Office guidance on GOV.UK.   


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