St Patrick’s Greater Manchester Alliance Modern Languages (French) (396V)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan University
Financial support
Student finance 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.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
Sept - End July
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

School Direct is an exciting and supportive way to train to teach which enables schools to take a lead role in your training. We are supported by our partnership university, Manchester Metropolitan University. On our programme this means that you have staff from the St Patrick’s Centre of Excellence, a National Behaviour hub and Manchester Metropolitan university supporting you, the best of all training routes in one. Successful completion of School Direct leads to a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Manchester University offers additional M-Level credits which can be used towards a Master’s Degree, should you wish to do additional training at a later date.

Our evidence enriched, research informed training, ensures that you have an effective understanding of Teaching and Learning so that you can make a real difference in your own classrooms. The alliance schools that you work with are dedicating to developing the very best teachers for our young people. You will be trained in a supportive, positive, professional environment that enables you to develop your own subject knowledge alongside the pedagogy of teaching.

Find out more about our courses on our website

All of our trainees have support from mentors in placement schools, university and a Lead Develop Tutor from Saint Patrick’s. This tutor is with you from day one until the end of the course to help coach, guide and support you.

You will attend training and development sessions across the year at St Patrick’s and MMU. These training days are timed to support the work that you are doing in schools. The step by step approach allows you to observe, discuss, practice and reflect on your own teaching so that you can learn from your experiences as you master the skills needed to become an effective teacher.

The course has a gradualised build up into teaching. You can plan, teach and share classes with the class teacher as you learn and develop your confidence. This means that when you fully take over teaching you are well prepared and have an enjoyable, successful experience. We have induction days before September and a chance to visit your placement schools. This helps you to build a wonderful community with all the trainees and staff that you will be working with.

School placements

Our trainees complete two contrasting placements so that they can develop the skills needed to be an effective teacher in a range of settings. We have two school placements across the year

  • Placement A: September - February
  • Placement B: February – End of July.

The Course offers a gradualised teaching timetable, slowly building up your teaching time. With our teacher training course you become fully immersed in school life and treated as a member of staff. You will have the chance to experience everything from how schools welcome pupils at the start of the year, being a form teacher and the pastoral role we have as teachers, completing duties, writing reports, how we prepare our pupils for exams and look after their mental health, supporting with extra curricular activities in school.

Our network of training schools cover a wide area and when possible we will try to match your with alliance schools in your area.

We work closely with the following schools and we are always developing our partnership schools. Some trainees have links to schools and we can arrange placements with them.

  • St Patrick’s RC High School, Salford
  • St Ambrose Barlow RC High School, Worsley
  • St Matthews RC High School, Moston
  • All Hallows RC High School, Salford
  • Saint Anthony’s Roman Catholic High School, Urmston.

We look carefully at the departments that you will be placed in. Sometimes an extra travel time benefits you as you work in a department that is supportive and welcoming. This reduces your stress and workload during the year.

Like all ITT providers we can not guarantee you a placement in any one school as the circumstances of schools might change before you being your course.

If you have any questions about placements why not get in touch with us:


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Main Site
St Patrick’s RC High School, 56 New Lane, Eccles, Salford, M30 7JJ
Newman RC College
Broadway,, Chadderton, OL9 9QY
Our Lady”s RC High School
Alworth Road, Higher Blackley, M9 0RP
St Ambrose Barlow RC High School and Sixth Form College
37 Ash Drive, Wardley, Salford, Greater Manchester, M27 9QP
St Matthew’s RC High School
Nuthurst Road, Moston, Manchester, M40 0EW
St Monica’s RC High School
Bury Old Road, Prestwich, M25 1JH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in Modern Languages (French) or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking to support you as you enter a profession that is rewarding and life changing for the young people that we serve. The young people in our care deserve the very best. We work with people who:

  • Have a passion for learning, social justice and supporting every child
  • Are reflective and always looking to improve and push themselves to excel
  • Work in collaboration and partnership. Our trainees support each other, share advice and are open to learning. They are willing to ask for help and look forward, learning from mistakes.
  • Be adaptable and flexible

Other requirements

You will be asked to provide certificates as prove of your academic achievements. You can get these from the exam board that you sat for GCSE or for your degree, from your University. We will ask you to complete a DBS check after interview and a short medical form. This is standard practice across many providers.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We aim to support and encourage the next generation of teachers through a personal approach to teacher training. You can decided to be based in our Salford or Blackburn hub to train.

  • Be a part of a family of Alliance of Schools working together to ensure that every pupil, in every school, is inspired, happy and achieving.
  • A personalised approached helping you to develop into the teacher that you want to be.
  • Supportive, well trained mentors, who work alongside you to ensure that you have the time to develop into an outstanding teacher. You have a dedicated mentor in your placement schools but also a coach from Saint Patrick’s and a University Tutor to help you across the entire year.
  • You will gain the skills needed to support pupils in their learning journey, gaining confidence to become a future leader in education.
  • You achieve both QTS and a PGCE providing you with the best possible start to your teaching career.
  • Our teacher training courses use outstanding facilitators, with a proven track record. These include: Outstanding teachers, Specialist Leaders in Education, a range of trained Pastoral Staff, SLT staff, Headteachers and National Leaders of Education.

Please join us on Twitter by following @stpatsalliance we share advice on the application process but you can also see how our trainees this year are doing!

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Teaching is a wonderful, exciting and joyous profession, we wish you all the very best with your applications.

Interview process

You will be interviewed by staff who are passionate about Education and supporting the next generation of teachers. These small panels may contain members of Saint Patrick’s RC High School our Departmental Heads, Alliance School mentors and University partners. You are joining our family and we all wish to support you and get to know you.

During the day you:

  • Will have the chance to teach a small group of pupils for 15 mins. This is a wonderful way to meet our pupils and feel what it is like to be a teacher.
  • Tour our school and see our school at work
  • Have a formal interview with 2-3 people, this is a chance for you to ask any questions about our course.

We will email you all the information that you need before you attend an interview. We do not attempt to trip you up or have any surprises in your day.

The interview days are a wonderful chance to meet staff you will be working with and have any questions answered that you have. We work in partnership with our trainees, supporting them in becoming the best teachers so that young people in our care can achieve. Our interviews ensure that you have the opportunity to flourish.

We realise that you may have more than one interview offered to you and that your work commitments might prevent you from attending an interview. Please let us know if this happens so we can reschedule them for you.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Please visit our website to find out more and those of our Alliance Schools.

Contact this training provider

0161 921 2323
56 New Lane
M30 7JJ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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