The Wokingham Federation
Modern Languages (265R)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary MFL course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is identical to the University of Reading’s courses R1X1, R2X1 and R4X1. Applicants to this course, 265R, will however be interviewed by the Wokingham Federation and if successful will train in two Federation schools. They will follow the same course as R1X1, R2X1 and R4X1 and will become members of the University in the same way as all the other successful applicants to this course.

The course supports its trainees to become reflective professionals, able to secure the very best for all children. We work with them to be resilient, creative and inclusive. With the highest expectations of learning, progress and development, trainees inspire young people to become confident, active citizens who are able to cope with the fast-moving demands of the 21st century.

The aim of the partnership of the Wokingham Federation and the University of Reading is to train excellent practitioners who have a positive impact on their pupils. This is accompanied by the recognition that excellent teachers continue to develop throughout their careers and never stop learning. Our intention therefore is that trainees should take ownership of their development during this year of training and establish the habits of reflective practice that will sustain them throughout their career.

Trainees will specialise in one main teaching language (either French, German or Spanish) but we strongly encourage all of them to teach a second language to at least beginner level.

University sessions will be taught through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage trainees to engage, reflect and challenge.

The PGCE will provide trainees with a theoretical framework for language teaching, closely integrated with practical advice on the preparation and delivery of effective and engaging language lessons. Assignments are designed to help them plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate their skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.

Between the campus environment and the diversity embedded within the Federation schools, our trainees develop a strong identity as beginner teachers and educators of the future. Please see School Direct with the University of Reading for more details.

Interview process

Applicants called to interview will be interviewed at a Federation school on behalf of The Federation.

The interview process, which typically takes about 3 hours, will consist of:

  • an introductory meeting
  • a written task
  • a teaching task with a small group of students
  • a formal interview

There may also be additional tasks, for example to meet with a student panel or to observe a lesson and then share observations.

It is also possible that some applicants will have to be interviewed remotely. When this is the case, the teaching task will be replaced with a presentation to the interviewing panel.

How school placements work

Trainees will work in two of The Federation’s nine mainstream School Direct secondary schools. Please see The Wokingham Federation website for details of the schools.

During the course of the year, all trainees will have experience of teaching all years from Years 7 - 13, including working with both GCSE and A Level groups.

To ensure they are fully supported during the course, trainees have a mentor at their schools and a tutor with the University, both of whom work closely with them throughout the year.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,450

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £10,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Students who have previously graduated from an undergraduate course at the University of Reading will be eligible for an alumni discount amounting to 10% of the tuition fee (up to a maximum of £1,000) for Home/EU students or £1,000 for International fee-paying students.

You may be entitled to a bursary and other support. Please see the Get into Teaching website for more details.



We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a subject that is related to the subject that you intend to teach.

You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or equivalent qualifications.

You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and Mathematics by the end of the course. This is a new DfE requirement which replaces the skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applications from people who have the desire, passion and determination to be outstanding teachers. The Wokingham Federation is proud of its schools and they are all keen to work with trainees who would like to be a part of it, at least for a year and possibly for longer.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer from us, you will also be required to complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks successfully.

These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for working with children.

About the training provider

The Wokingham Secondary Federation is a close partnership of ten secondary schools, two special schools and a PRU whose aim is to support collaboration in order to raise the standards of students’ achievement across the borough.

Wokingham is a high performing authority and delivering an exceptional ITT programme is an integral part of the Federation’s work. Its School Direct programme, in close partnership with the University of Reading for all subjects with the exception of Business Studies, where Teach South East is its partner, is widely recognised for its success in producing outstanding teachers.

Please see The Wokingham Federation to see more details of our schools.

For 2021 - 2022, the Federation is delighted to be able to offer Primary School Direct courses.

The Federation is extremely proud of its work with its ITT trainees, many of whom stay on each year to work as teachers in one of our schools.

Over a quarter of all the secondary trainees with the University of Reading train each year in schools in the Wokingham Federation School Direct partnership. Any applicant successfully awarded a place with us will work in two schools, both of which are in or near to Wokingham, a town which is often named as one of the best places in the country to live.

About the accredited body

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 7th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2020) and has been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade.

Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 300 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.

Ofsted report that the “effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region’s schools.” (ITE inspection report, September 2016).

Training with disabilities and other needs

Both The Wokingham Federation and its partner providers are committed to equal opportunities.

Contact details

07725 722 557
The Wokingham Federation c/o The Bulmershe School
Woodlands Avenue


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