One Cumbria Teaching School Hub Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish) (Z781)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Teach First
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023

Contents

Course summary

One Cumbria Teaching School Hub, in partnership with Teach First will provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) where you will gain Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE.

  • Our research-led course ensures plenty of hands-on experience. Our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice to have an impact on pupils during a four day a week core school placement from mid-September to July.
  • You will have one day a week to engage in training and development to support your teaching practice, as well as a six-week placement in a different school. The programme balances developing subject knowledge and expertise alongside giving you a deep understanding of effective teaching methods and techniques to manage your workload and wellbeing.
  • At the beginning of September, you’ll have two weeks of intensive training to focus on the core areas of teaching such as behaviour management and lesson planning. You will have a further two weeks of intensive training later in the year.
  • In your school placement, you will spend time with expert teachers, observing lessons, learning how to teach and plan lessons and throughout the year practise your own teaching.
  • You will work closely with a highly skilled and knowledgeable mentor, alongside other colleagues. Your weekly training day is designed in collaboration with Teach First’s expert curriculum designers and sequenced to make sure you are focused on the areas of teaching that are most relevant to that point in the year. The training will include a mixture of online and face-to-face elements and will ensure that you develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a great teacher, gain your Qualified Teacher Status and your PGCE.
  • The programme also includes a six-week placement in another school starting in January. You will also spend time working with children of a different age, this may mean spending time in a nursery, a primary school, a secondary school or in post-16, depending on your specialism.
  • You may also have an opportunity to experience short placements in special schools or Pupil Referral Units. These experiences will ensure you have a broad experience of teaching in different schools and further prepare you for your future career as a teacher. At the end of the programme, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills to become an effective Early Career Teacher alongside achieving a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.

School placements

  • Our ITT partnership is firmly rooted in carefully planned and nurtured existing relationships and recognition, and has as its aim an opportunity to make our county the best place in the country to train as a teacher over a complete career path, from ITT to National Professional Qualification – a genuine ‘Golden Thread’.
  • We have a network of partner schools across the whole county of Cumbria, ranging in size, location and phase. We will leverage our existing partnerships with schools across the county to find quality placements for our ITTs. These are carefully chosen, research-informed, designated lead schools.
  • Our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice to have an impact on pupils during a four day a week core school placement from mid-September to July.
  • You will have one day a week to engage in training and development to support your teaching practice, as well as a six-week placement in a different school. The programme balances developing your subject knowledge and expertise alongside giving you a deep understanding of effective teaching methods and techniques to manage your workload and wellbeing.
  • When you are in your school placement, you will work closely with a highly skilled and knowledgeable mentor and also spend time with other expert teachers, observing their lessons and learning how to teach and plan lessons and throughout the year practise your own teaching.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in modern languages (French, German, Spanish) 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs. Functional skills qualifications are not equivalent to Maths and English GCSEs. We accept most equivalency test providers. You will need to have passed your GCSE equivalency test before applying to our programme; we will not be able to process your application until you have passed.

Personal qualities

We think these attributes make great teachers:

  1. Humility, respect and empathy. These attributes will help you quickly build relationships that get the best out of everyone involved.
  2. Interaction. Communicating clearly, listening carefully and responding appropriately.
  3. Planning and organising. Trainees manage daily responsibilities and juggle lots of priorities.
  4. Problem solving. Come up with considered, effective and appropriate solutions to the challenges trainees face.
  5. Resilience. Teaching isn’t easy. You’ll need patience, energy and a positive mindset to persevere through the difficult times.
  6. Self-evaluation. Personal development is vital for long-term success.

Other requirements

All offers are subject to satisfactory results from necessary pre-employment checks. Please contact us at SCHAFERJ@onecumbria.education for more information.

Fees and financial support

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

Interview process

The initial stage of selection is reviewing your application.

  • We ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement indicates you have a passion for education and your specialised subject.
    • If you are successful, you will be invited to interview at one of our partner schools.
  • The interview day is usually within 20 working days of receiving your application.
  • The interview process will include the following:
    • opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information
    • a panel interview
    • a subject-specific taught lesson
    • subject knowledge assessment

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)

Contact this training provider

Email
beddoet@onecumbria.education
Telephone
07510 927981

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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