The National Modern Languages SCITT Mandarin with French, German or Spanish (H035)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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. This programme provides Masters’ Level accreditation (60 credits) which builds on the PGCE course. 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 schools’ where we bring together all our trainees in Modern Languages for subject specialist training. The training will be delivered by our experienced classroom practitioners in collaboration with experienced ITT lecturers. You will have the opportunity to focus on your subject in every element of the programme. 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 our SCITT which is associated with the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub and the Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance, you will be able to access a clear path of Continued Professional Development (CPD) for excellent trainees who become Early Career Teachers (ECT), and future Middle and Senior Leaders. This is provided through our ECT support programme, Early Career Development Programme and links with the Department for Education Licensee provision for Middle and Senior Leaders.

Please be aware we are not a licenced sponsor of student visas and can therefore not support an application from outside the UK. Please use the link below for further information. (

School placements

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, the SCITT and the PGCE provider. Each school has a specialised programme of training put in place by a senior mentor which is designed to complement SCITT training and academic input. Some of this will take place across phases to provide experience in the relevant Key Stages.

During your training year you will have the opportunity to teach children in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

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.

Equivalent to GCSE Grade 4/C or above.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

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 the 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 have the ability to be reflective and can demonstrate good written English, personal resilience, enthusiasm, confidence and emotional intelligence. We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and draw on your empathy and understanding when considering how a child learns and develops cognitively.

Other requirements

It is essential that you have near native fluency in at least one language and knowledge of a second language if your main language is not French, German or Spanish.

Our hubs offer taster days, please contact the Hub Lead School for further information about these events or please check our website for details ( 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 are required to complete an enhanced DBS, Child Protection Training and a Health check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £9,250

We are not a licenced sponsor of student visas and can therefore not support an application from outside the UK. Please use the link below for further information. (

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan to cover your fees from Student Finance England while you study. The application can be completed online here and will include a full assessment of your eligibility. If you’re from outside the UK, you may still be eligible for financial support, find out here.

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 sixth year, is part of Chorus Education Trust which has, at its heart, Silverdale School, an outstanding school 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: Charles Reed Academy (East Mids & South Lincs Hub), Cheadle Hulme School (South Manchester Hub), Dulwich College (South London Hub), Gosforth Academy (Newcastle Hub), Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School (North London Hub), Humberston Academy (Humber & North Lincs Hub), Oundle School (Near Peterborough), St Helen and St Katharine (Abingdon/Oxford) and Silverdale School (Sheffield) with more hubs to be developed in 2022.

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 lead schools. The interview process consists of two parts: the completion of two written tasks (one in English and one in the main language you wish to train to teach in), a teaching task and an interview with NML SCITT representatives. 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 feedback if we have not made an offer.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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 this training provider

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

Support and advice

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