Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT Modern Languages (2C5F)

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

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.

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


Course summary

You’re in school from the first day of term, seen as a staff member by everyone. You’re in one school four days a week to the end of the school year, spending Spring half term at a contrasting school. One day a week you’ll be at our central venue alongside other trainees, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences. Our model enables you to experience a full year in school and fully appreciate the demands and rewards that brings.

Working alongside your mentor, you will identify your ongoing level of knowledge, skills and experience and record this development in your weekly Reflective Journal. This will involve observing expert professionals, opportunity to practise, rehearse and refine teaching strategies and receive structured feedback to improve your practice.

Core training is extremely diverse from theoretical input to observing excellent practice. We support our trainees throughout their training year, enabling them to be fully prepared for teaching during their training and beyond.

The Training Programme is designed around the ITT Core Content Framework and the needs of individual trainees, so that trainees learn and develop high quality professional knowledge, skills and understanding.

Our moderation report (2022) said … Trainees on this programme find it to be caring, warm and welcoming. Regular communication between programme leaders and schools underpins the well organised training experience. School-based training builds on core training well, providing trainees with opportunities to scaffold, develop and refine their learning….Skilled professionals support trainees in acquiring the skills and knowledge to teach successfully in their respective phases and subjects ….Several trainee wellbeing initiatives have been implemented. The standard of pastoral care for trainees is high and trainees say that they feel extremely well supported by the whole partnership.

You will benefit from 15 subject days, giving you the opportunity to further enhance your subject knowledge. By the end of the training year, you will be fully equipped to deliver your subject from year 7 to 11 including the GCSE specification.

To gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you must be judged competent against the Teacher Standards. Assessment of the course comprises of,

  • 2 SCITT based tasks and 2 Assignments
  • 6 half-termly tutor visit reports and observations
  • 3 Assessment Framework review points
  • Second placement report

Assessment is based upon day-to-day practice and should complement your teaching and reduce the amount of additional work required.

School placements

We will source and arrange your school placement. If you have a school in mind, you’re welcome to approach us about it and we’ll work with you to arrange the best experience for you. You will be placed in a school which we feel will fully support you in your subject specialism.

You are training to teach 11-16 age range but some of our schools do have 6th forms which obviously enhances your training opportunity.

You will spend most of the year in one school with a second experience in a contrasting school (usually Christmas to February half term). This enables you to deepen your experience and ensures that you have the opportunity to meet all the Teacher Standards. When in school, you are expected to follow the timings, practices and culture of the school. Having an extended practice in one main school means that you can develop your practice well and show that you have a positive impact on your pupils, in your own classes. We always try to take into consideration the location of our trainees and their placement schools to assist in their daily commute and try to work around other personal situations

We work with many schools, too many to list but visit our website to view the map of schools we have worked with over the last four years.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in modern languages 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 or maths.

Personal qualities

We look for; Good communication skills Ability to write in Standard English and model accurate and effective spoken language. Commitment to teaching and learning Understanding of children as learners Clear educational philosophy Understanding educational issues Knowledge/understanding of the subject within the curriculum Ability to use ICT, establish effective working relationships and take responsibility for own professional development Understanding the demands of a school-based route into teaching Resilience

Recent experience of your subject in a secondary school or National Curriculum in a primary school is preferable in order for you to have a greater understanding of the demands of school life.

Other requirements

Remember, we are looking at your potential to train to teach.

Offers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS which will be organised for you. An overseas check may be required for those who have spent time outside of the UK.You will also be subject to the following checks: health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, professional registration, references and a Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration.

Please make sure that you double check your personal statement on your application and that it is grammatically correct.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,500.

We offer 2 options

£7500 for Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS)

£9250 for QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.

Financial support from the training provider

If required, we will support you through the Student Finance process for fees and maintenance grants, administer SKE funding as well as signpost to other possible funding streams.

About the training provider

We are an established and successful teacher training provider and have been training teachers across West Yorkshire since 2003, rated ‘Good’ in our Ofsted Inspection in 2015.

As a trainee you will benefit from experienced mentors in school, supporting you on a daily basis. This runs alongside highly regarded tutors and core team who ensure your training year is a positive and successful experience in becoming a qualified teacher.

Our trainees are placed in a whole range of schools across Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford which ensures a real diverse mix of schools, catering for our trainees as far as their location, strengths, needs and skills.

You will be based four days in school and one day at our central base for the core programme. On this day will benefit from the expertise of a range of trainers who have both local and national reputations, delivering sessions such as behaviour management, differentiation, planning, etc to ensure you develop as effective teachers. This also offers the opportunity for our trainees to network, share and support each other throughout the training year.

In addition to this, our Secondary trainees receive additional Subject knowledge days to enhance their confidence, knowledge and skills in their chosen subject.

We offer the option of either Qualified Teacher Status alone (QTS) or QTS with PGCE. This PGCE element equates to 60 Masters credits which we offer through the University of Huddersfield.

For more information visit our website

Interview process

Once we receive your application, we’ll acknowledge by email and update Apply if you are invited to interview. We’ll e-mail or call you with the details.

You’ll be interviewed in Heckmondwike by one of our SCITT team alongside a senior colleague from one of our schools. You’ll be expected to answer a range of questions designed to explore your personal qualities and meeting the course criteria.

The interview gives you the opportunity to discuss why you want to teach, what you would bring to the profession, and show us your resilience and initiative. You will be asked to bring a prepared task and you’ll undertake a written task on the day demonstrating your ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

You’ll need to bring interview original certificates of all qualifications and proof of identity as part of our Safeguarding processes.

If you are successful, we’ll offer you a place. Ideally within 48 hours. We’ll update Apply and contact you.

If you accept, we’ll recommended you to a partner school as a prospective trainee. Once confirmed as the host school you should expect to visit; follow its Safeguarding processes, meet the department/class and mentor and maybe a tour of the school.

Before commencing the programme we’ll ask you to sign a contract between you, the host school and us so that everyone agrees to the same supporting principals and requirements of your training year.

We will carry out a criminal background check and other requisite checks.

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

The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to Equality and Diversity. All partner organisations and all schools participating in the programme have clearly established policies, processes and systems for monitoring. All trainees will be introduced to their school’s policy through focused training by the host school.

The Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT is committed to the achievement of equal opportunities. This is central to our mission as a provider of school-based teacher training and have a proven track record of supporting trainees with additional needs.

Contact this training provider

01484 221177
Leeds Old Road
West Yorkshire
WF16 9BB

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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