The National Modern Languages SCITT
Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish) (342L)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The National Modern Languages SCITT training programme will provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) both of which are nationally and internationally recognised. The PGCE will be provided by Sheffield Hallam University. The training programme will take place in a collaborative and supportive network of schools where you will gain experience in two contrasting schools and a variety of educational settings. The National Modern Languages SCITT is in partnership with excellent schools from both the state and independent sector.

Your training has been developed in close collaboration with Modern Languages experts from schools and universities and includes ‘day school’ where we bring together all our trainees in ML for subject specialist training. The training will be delivered by our experienced classroom practitioners in collaboration with our course leader who has twenty years’ experience as a teacher and subject leader. She is also a German national who trained to teach in England. You will have the opportunity to explore your own subject knowledge away from the classroom. There are two clear strands to the programme: academic study and classroom practice.

We are confident that you will receive an excellent start to your teaching career with The National Modern Languages SCITT and that you will be well placed to gain employment. By joining a SCITT which is part of a Teaching School Alliance, you will be able to access a clear path of Continued Professional Development (CPD) for excellent trainees who become Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT), Recently Qualified Teacher (RQTs) and future Middle and Senior Leaders. This is provided through our NQT training programme, Early Career Development Programme and links with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Licensee provision for Middle and Senior Leaders. Many of these programmes provide Masters’ Level accreditation through Sheffield Hallam University which builds on the PGCE course.

Interview process

The National Modern Languages SCITT will shortlist candidates using a scoring matrix and invite successful candidates for interview at one of our hub schools. The interview process will include representatives from the schools and will be a half-day to full day process. We are committed to providing a high quality experience for prospective trainees and have planned our interview days accordingly. The process may be longer than you have anticipated but the end result is that we have the best trainees training with the best schools. We will contact all successful applicants at the end of the interview day. Similarly, we will provide written feedback if we have not made an offer.

How school placements work

Each trainee will gain experience in two contrasting schools where you will be supported by a subject specific mentor in school. During the placements, there will be further training provided by the schools, University and the SCITT. Each school has a specialised programme of training put in place by a senior mentor which is designed to complement SCITT training and University academic input. Some of this will take place across phases to provide experience in the relevant Key Stages.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish) or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



A good honours degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a high level of fluency in at least one modern language. High fluency in English is essential. GCSE English and Maths Grade C or above or equivalent. If English is not your first language, you may need to take The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and gain an average score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills. []

Personal qualities

The potential to be an outstanding teacher with a passion for Modern Languages with sound subject knowledge. We would welcome applicants with an understanding of educational context in England but will offer a programme of acclimatisation for those trainees who need to gain this experience. We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate good written English, personal resilience, enthusiasm, confidence, the ability to be reflective and emotional intelligence. We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and demonstrate your empathy and understanding when considering how a child learns and develops cognitively.

Other requirements

We would advise you to spend at least 5 days observing MFL lessons in a local secondary school to gain an insight into the teaching profession.

All our hubs offer taster days, where you can observe lessons and meet staff. Your application should include all experience you have gained in an educational setting and details of any future experience you may have planned.

As you will be working with children you will be required to complete an enhanced DBS and Health check.

About the training provider

As a result of our success recruiting and training Modern Languages teachers through School Direct, we have worked with the Department for Education to establish the first subject specific School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider for Modern Languages. The SCITT, now in its third year, is part of Chorus Education Trust which has, at its heart, Silverdale School, an outstanding school with language college status in South West Sheffield. Our learning community believe in the power of language to transform lives and to create life opportunities for all our children and all our school staff. Our passion for languages and language learning has led to the creation of a programme which will prepare all our trainees to teach languages in the state and independent sector. The National Modern Languages SCITT has established geographical hubs for the provision of training centred around a cluster of state and independent schools. Our current hub lead schools are: Bolton School, Dulwich College (London), Oundle School (Near Peterborough), St Helen and St Katharine (Abingdon/Oxford) and Silverdale School (Sheffield) with more hubs to be developed in 2019/20.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The National Modern Languages SCITT and our partners are committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If you wish to discuss how we can support you during your Initial Teacher Training or for further advice, please contact us on 0114 2357980.

Contact details

0114 2357980
The National Modern Languages SCITT, Silverdale School (Lead School)
Bents Crescent
South Yorkshire
S11 9QH


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