The Challoner’s High Bucks Hub Modern Languages (French and Spanish) (A198)

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

Accredited body
University of Hertfordshire
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as 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
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Course summary

The Modern Languages (French & Spanish) course is school-led and runs in partnership with a Master’s level, professional training programme, facilitated by the University of Hertfordshire (UH). This leads to the PGCE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status.

Student Teachers are instructed in the requirements for teaching Modern Languages (French & Spanish) within the 11-16 age range and, where appropriate, post-16 experience is available.

In joining The Challoner’s High Bucks Hub (‘The Bucks Hub’) you will join our wider network of schools as part of our affiliation with Danes Educational Trust: The Partnership. We work to develop valued staff through our local, national and global affiliations.

Our School Direct (SD) course is aligned with the Core Content Framework (CCF) for Initial Teacher Training. By the end of your training, you will be qualified to:

  • share your passion for Modern Languages (French & Spanish)
  • inspire students’ creativity and support them with their aspirations
  • develop stimulating resources which can be implemented through innovative teaching approaches
  • teach Modern Languages (French & Spanish) within the curriculum framework which meets exam requirements

Specialist mentors will support you to provide a structured process for improving your teaching practice. Strategies include support with in-class observations, help with critiquing teaching approaches, and advice on the best ways to support pupils with their learning and wellbeing. You will be taught how to deconstruct teaching approaches and plan and prepare well for lessons. You will also receive structured feedback so you can become a successful practitioner.

University-led sessions run every week and include lectures, seminars and workshops where active participation is encouraged. You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a team of practising teachers, who lead key sessions and support with school-based training.

No in-school assessments are set. Instead, you are assessed on your developing practice through observed lessons and structured feedback. The university sets two formal assignment modules across the year, which are essential components of the PGCE, contribute credits towards a Master’s accredited degree, and are centred on the following topics:

  1. Subject and Curriculum Knowledge
  2. Secondary Professional Learning and Development

Train with The Bucks Hub and you will be part of a team who has considerable experience training the very best teachers. Your talent will be nurtured in an environment committed to diversity and inclusion and you will flourish in a school where you are known, valued and supported.

School placements

Student Teachers will spend four days a week training in a ‘Bucks Hub’ school. Training begins at the start of the academic school year. One day per week will be assigned for university-led study (lectures, seminars and tutorials).

A specialist mentor will be provided in school and protected time will be afforded for you to meet with this individual. A Professional Mentor will quality assure the training provision and liaise directly with the university. Our schools offer the experience of teaching across at least two key stages, or age phases.

Candidates are allocated to one main school for their training year, but will have the opportunity to train for one half term (approximately six weeks) in a contrasting school setting. This, combined with additional day placements, is designed to further broaden your experience. This process is managed in partnership with our Hub schools and the university.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

50% subject content for degree of subject the applicant wishes to teach

Your degree subject should be in modern languages (French and Spanish) 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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Challoner’s High Bucks Hub forms part of ‘The Partnership’ comprising schools within Danes Educational Trust, Dr Challoner’s High School partners, and Herts and Bucks Challenge Partners Hub.

As a conglomerate of schools, we have considerable experience training teachers and both recognise and value the contribution these practitioners make to our respective communities. We offer School Direct unsalaried teacher training routes across the full range of curriculum subjects. The training programme is structured to allow trainees to develop the skills required by teachers to teach the subject that they are training in and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution in their settings.

A Subject and Teacher Mentor directs the development of subject knowledge for teaching in school settings. All schools within ‘The Partnership’ employ a Professional Mentor to oversee and quality assure the provision of training within the school. The programme enables trainees to have a clear understanding of learning theories and child development and how this impacts on student learning and informs their own development as a teacher.

Trainees will have the opportunity to spend time in at least one of the other partnership schools to ensure a contrasting and comprehensive experience. As well as first class mentoring in school, trainees will participate in full-day conferences and shared professional studies sessions. These sessions can be tailored to the strengths and development needs of each individual.

Feedback from trainees is extremely positive with all trainees securing Newly Qualified Teaching roles for the following academic year.

About the accredited body

The School of Education at The University of Hertfordshire (UH) offers strong ongoing partnerships with local schools, excellent support throughout teacher training and outstanding levels of employment to a first teaching post.

UH is recognised as among the top 25% of providers by the Department for Education and has been consistently rated good (Ofsted 2005-6, 2010-11, 2013-14) in Ofsted inspections.

Graduate employability is amongst the highest in the country; many student teachers secure employment in UH Partnership Schools. UH works with over 300 schools across Herts, Beds, Bucks, and Cambs.

Interview process

Interviews can take place in-house, at our ‘Bucks Hub’ training schools, or will be facilitated remotely, via an online platform. If a remote interview is offered, for your convenience, then an opportunity to conduct an in-school visit will also be provided.

Whether face-to-face, or held remotely, you will be asked to plan and deliver a learning activity. There will also be a formal panel interview where you will have the chance to discuss your ideas, relating to teaching and learning, with a subject specialist and Lead ITT practitioner.

Interviews will be offered to individuals and will not be group-led. A standard written assignment will need to be completed to test your competency in reading and writing Standard English. You will only need to complete one interview for any of our partner schools.

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

Training to be a teacher can be very rewarding, but also tiring and, at times, frustrating. We are here to assist trainees through both the “peaks and troughs” of their school placements and hope that the experience is enjoyable, professionally satisfying and personally fulfilling. Schools within ‘The Partnership’ are committed to making reasonable adjustments for disabled staff and to ensure that the needs of disabled staff are accommodated in the school environment, as far as is reasonably practical. Throughout the trainee’s time at school the Teacher Mentor will provide professional support and guidance and will have weekly scheduled meetings with the trainee. This process will be overseen by the Professional Mentor. In addition to the more formal aspects of the training, however, it is hoped that the trainee will regard both the Teacher Mentor and the Professional Mentor as confidantes and that they will be able to turn to both should difficulties arise.
Please contact the Lead Schools for further advice and guidance on an individual basis.

Contact this training provider

01494 763296
Dr Challoner's High School
Cokes Lane
Little Chalfont

Support and advice

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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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