Bishop Luffa Modern Languages (French or Spanish) (2T79)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chichester
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as 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.

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

At least 85% of the placement year will be spent in schools, in readiness for your first job. Schools have experienced mentors, and leaders take extra care when introducing trainees to the classrooms. Timetables and commitment are set in consultation with the trainee to ensure quality support provision at every step.

The expectation of teaching from the School Direct trainee increases gradually over the year from 0% to no more than 65% of a full time equivalent (FTE). In additional to the timetabled training programme, you will be offered bespoke professional and personal subject study support, where required.

There is a 6 week placement at a different school during the second half of the spring term. Also school experience will be given for primary/Post 16 and SEN.

School placements

The applicant will be interviewed at the school where they will spend most of their placement. The applicant’s choice of campus, and the distance to the school, will also be taken into consideration when deciding on the host school.

Trainees will have a 6 week second placement in a different school during the second half of the spring term.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bourne Community College
Park Road, Southbourne, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 8PJ
Felpham Community College
Felpham Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 8EL
Main Site
Westgate, Chichester, PO19 3HP
Midhurst Rother College
North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DT
Ormiston Six Villages Academy
Lime Avenue, Westergate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 3UE

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 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

English grade 4 and above.

Personal qualities

Ideal candidates for School Direct should be:

Dynamic; Innovative; Creative; Motivational; Passionate about their subject and education.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Bishop Luffa School is committed to excellence in Teaching & Learning and Leadership through collaboration, recognising that we are all responsible for our young people in our area, and that no single institution can meet all the needs of all its pupils on its own.

At least 85% of the placement year will be spent in schools, in readiness for your first job. Trainees will benefit from working with an experienced mentor, qualified staff and senior colleagues from across the partnership. Leaders take extra care when introducing trainees to the classrooms. Timetables and commitment are set in consultation with the trainee to ensure quality support provision at every step. In addition to the timetabled training programme, Bishop Luffa will offer bespoke professional and personal subject study support, where required.

We welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds, and encourage and offer opportunities for flexible Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses to support our trainees.

Our partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Interview process

All applicants are interviewed at university. In addition, applicants are interviewed at a school within our Alliance.

The interview will consist of: Written skills test; 30 minute observed teaching lesson; Formal interview where feedback will be given from the observed lesson.

You will be advised in advance of the content required, and age of the relevant class.

The selection process involves our University partners, a member of staff from the school offering the placement, and a representative from Bishop Luffa.

The process is rigorous and thorough and designed to ensure the best possible match of applicant to the places available.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

Having worked with dyslexic trainees in the past, we are well equipped to support their needs and adapt our practice as required.

We are an accessible site with all relevant Health and Safety practices in place. We work closely with all schools and trainees to ensure needs are met.

We value staff mental health and well being, with an open, professional working relationship with all trainees, allowing for effective communication.

Contact this training provider

01243 832768
West Sussex
PO19 3HP

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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