Perins Innov-8 Modern Languages (3F93)

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

Accredited body
University of Winchester
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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You will learn to teach the four skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking in your languages to GCSE level following the AQA specification in KS4 and our own in-house SoW for KS3. All students study languages until the end of year 9 and nearly three quarters take a language at GCSE.

We are a experienced and friendly department who teach French, Spanish and German.

We are take the EPI approach to language learning and have the benefit of a dedicated Languages teaching assistant, a well-resourced department, and even an Italian club.

School placements

Secondary trainees will become qualified to each 11-16 year olds over the course of 3 placements:

  • Formative placement (Sep - Dec)

  • First assessed placement (Jan - Feb)

  • Second assessed placement ( Feb - June)

Placements are usually taken in 2 different Schools.

There are 3 pieces of academic work to do, 2 essays and a presentation.

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.

We will accept GCSE equivalency tests from the following provider:

Personal qualities

We are looking for highly motivated and resilient trainees to work well with others and under guidance. You will need to be open-minded, hardworking and have a sense of humour. This is a challenging yet rewarding job.

Other requirements

All trainees will complete DBS and other suitabilty checks carried out by the University of Winchester.

We value classroom experience.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £13,300

Financial support from the training provider

Full details of training bursaries can be found here; (

You may be elible to apply for student finance. (

About the training provider

In Omnia Excellentia (Excellence in Everything)

This is our commitment to training the teachers of tomorrow.

School Direct offers an training route for graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one. They will be training alongside enthusiastic teachers, who are committed to education and who are leaders in their own fields.

At Perins, we have the experience and capacity to deliver outstanding training for the next generation of teachers.

We are committed to fostering individual growth. We challenge all aspiring teachers to become the best that that they can and we provide learning opportunities at a personalised level.

The course is delivered in an interactive way, and can be directly applied to the classroom. Allowing the trainee to experience the role of the learner and how it feels to be a pupil.

Our Partner schools are experienced in working with trainee teachers in a wide range of subject areas at both phases. Enabling us to provide a broad range of courses. You will gain experience in two schools and you will have opportunity to experience Teaching and Learning at a school in a different part of the country as well as a specialist provider. You will be able to experience Key Stages above and below.

Perins School is located in the beautiful market town of Alresford within easy reach of Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke. Perins has an excellent reputation for its sports offering and creative arts projects and productions as well as its academic results.

Interview process

The interview day involves:

  • A taught session (30 mins) planned by the applicant with guidance from the relevant department.

  • A formal interview which usually involves the ITECo, Department Head and a representative from the University of Winchester.

  • A 5 min presentation.

  • A literacy and numeracy test.

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

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 shall endeavour to make reasonable adjustments for students who require extra support due to a disability, long term medical condition or sensory/physical impairment.

Contact this training provider

Pound Hill
SO24 9BS

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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