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The National Modern Languages SCITT Mandarin with French, German, Italian or Spanish (U562)

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


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 and our Director who has over twenty years’ experience as a languages 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 our SCITT which is associated with The Sheffield 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 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 EEA. 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, 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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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. []

Mandarin is required to degree or near native level and you must have some French, German, Italian or Spanish subject knowledge.

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

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.

Our hubs offer taster days, please contact the Hub Lead School for further information about these events or please check our NML SCITT 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 will be required to complete an enhanced DBS and Health check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 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 EEA. 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 fifth 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 2021.

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 feedback if we have not made an offer.

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

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021