United Teaching National SCITT
Modern Languages (French, Spanish) (24T9)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
United Teaching National SCITT
Financial support

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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
August 2020


About the course

With United Teaching, you have the option to pursue a PGCE or QTS only route. Every trainee works to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but you can also work towards a PGCE with 60 Master’s level credits.

  • The PGCE is assessed by Goldsmiths, University of London, via two extended essays.
  • As the first national School Centered Initial Teacher Training Programme (SCITT), we are able to award you with QTS directly, reflecting the proven quality of our programme.

Before undertaking the course, you will be required to attend our 2 week summer institute which will prepare you to hit the ground running in September. This is delivered in our two lead schools in the north and south, Manchester Academy and Paddington Academy.

All our trainees are guaranteed a minimum of 120 days in their main placement school.

  • In addition, you will spend 4 weeks in a second school placement. - Trainees are guaranteed experience of transition across the key stage in which they are training and this is built into our training programme. - Training takes place weekly and is delivered in our lead schools and regional training centres.
  • Training will ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of all the different aspects of your developing teaching practice, whilst also incorporating subject specific development.

Interview process

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend the first stage of our assessment process, which will at one of our regional assessment centres.

  • Upon completion of the first assessment day, you will be advised whether you were successful, and invited to a second day.
  • Stage two assessments are usually held in the week following stage one and are held in a school that you’ve expressed an interest to teach in.

You’ll be notified within 48 hours of your assessment day whether you’ve been successful or not, subject to references. Your offer will be conditional on you:

  • Gaining the degree qualification
  • Having GCSE Maths and English (and Science for primary education)
  • Having clear identity and DBS checks

How school placements work

When you apply to us, you have the option to express a preference in where you would like to be placed if successful. As a national SCITT, we place trainees in a large number of schools across England.

During the assessment process, we will ask you about your flexibility in choice of location.

We endeavour to place you in your first choice of school. If this is not possible we will seek alternatives that work for you.

We always seek to ensure minimum travel times for trainees between home and school.

Once you have secured an offer for your main placement school, you are guaranteed a minimum of 120 days school based experience there. In addition, you will also partake in a 4 week second school placement.

We offer primary (5-11) and secondary training courses (11-16).


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Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



  • Good set of GCSE results, including English Language GCSE C+ and Mathematics GCSE C+ (Science is also required for Primary trainees – any science subject)

  • Good set of A level results including A or B grade in subject to be taught. BBC or BCC is lowest combination considered (each application is considered on individual merit and exceptions can be made to this if a candidate is exceptional in other areas)

  • 2:1 and above (however all applications are dealt with individually and on merit)

Personal qualities

  • The potential to become an outstanding teacher

  • A good knowledge of their subject and the ability to use and apply their academic skills

  • An ability to relate to and engage with young people effectively

  • Demonstrates understanding of the school environment and the expectations of the teaching profession

  • An ability to communicate effectively with both adults and children

  • An ability to work as a team member

  • A high level of numeracy and literacy

  • You will need two supportive references

Other requirements

  • Statement to show a positive child-centred ethos and/or some experience of working with young people (desirable but not essential)

  • Having clear identity and DBS checks

About the training provider

United Teaching is the initial teacher training scheme for United Learning – a national group of schools committed to bringing out the best in everyone.

With us, you can train while you teach to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, as well as a PGCE awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London.

You could be teaching with a reduced timetable from day one, learning through experience and reflection as well as regular training sessions. You’ll be supported by colleagues, mentors and tutors to hone and develop your practice. We see teacher training as a path to a long-term career, so we’ll equip you with the skills and confidence to take advantage of opportunities for promotion to middle leadership and beyond.

Our bespoke programme is designed to support you during your initial teacher training and beyond. Surrounded by a team of specialist mentors, you’ll always have someone to turn to throughout your teaching journey.

With over 80 primary and secondary schools nationwide, spanning the state and independent sectors, you can draw upon the expertise of our vast network of teachers and leaders to become the best teacher you can be.

About the accredited body

Trainee development is overseen by the lead school, Paddington Academy, and in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London.

Goldsmiths have been training teachers since 1904 and are renowned as a leader in the field of teacher training. There is a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and Ofsted have rated most aspects of our programmes as ‘good’ or ‘very good’. Employers rank Goldsmiths as one of the country’s best universities from which to recruit graduates, according to a survey published in the Times Higher Education magazine.

Training with disabilities and other needs

At United Teaching, we aim to be an inclusive provider, promoting diversity and opportunities for all. We strive to support all our trainee teachers as best as we can and work with our partner PGCE provider and our partner schools to ensure that all trainees make excellent progress.

Contact details

0207 479 3960
Paddington Academy
50 Marylands Road
Greater London
W9 2DR


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