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Overseas Qualifications


DfE offers an overseas qualification service for candidates.  You can call then via the 'Get into Teaching' helpline: 0800 389 2500. They can provide:

  • an initial verbal check before you apply to advise candidates on what their qualifications are equivalent to (this service is guidance only)
  • a written National Recognition Information Centre statement of comparability, paid for on behalf of the candidate, if the candidate requires one (available only to candidates who have already applied for teacher training)

The verbal check is a candidate-based advice service only and provides guidance to candidates on their eligibility before they apply.  The final decision on eligibility still lies with the accredited teacher training provider (in our case the relevant partner university).


After you have applied for teacher training, our partner university may be able to help establish the equivalency of your degree and maths and English qualifications by themselves. They will prioritise such advice for actual applicants, rather than just generally for anyone.

When you have applied, please email scans of your degree and transcript to the university accrediting the course,

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The university will need to establish whether your degree is equivalent to a UK Honours degree (as opposed to an Ordinary degree) and also the level (grade) you achieved in UK terms.  They might be able to do this without a NARIC certificate but if you have one, include it in the email as this will speed up the process.  If the university respond that they need a NARIC certificate and you have not yet applied for one, then it would be sensible to use the DfE helpline above because then they will be able to pay for the NARIC certificate (which otherwise costs approx £50 +VAT).

We know already that English Language qualifications taken in countries where English is not the first language, will not be equivalent to the UK English Language GCSE. You will need to take an equivalency test in English but you do not have to do this before you apply. See our separate tab about equivalency tests.

In many countries, exams taken in Maths could be considered equivalent to a UK GCSE but it very much depends on your score.  For example, simply showing an International Baccalaureate certificate is not enough.  We would need the transcript to see the score.  If your Maths qualification was not deemed by the university to be equivalent to a Maths GCSE, then you would need to take a maths equivalency test. Please see our separate tab about equivalency tests.

If you need to take both Maths and English equivalency tests, this may be quite a burden -please speak to us for advice.


You can always contact NARIC directly wither before or after you apply if you are happy to pay for the certificate yourself.