The Bracknell Forest Partnership Modern Languages (French and Spanish) (36X3)

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

Accredited body
The University of Reading
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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The Bracknell Forest Partnership teacher training programme gives you the opportunity to experience life in a school whilst working towards your Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

The programme is a one-year school based full-time route into teaching that, alongside classroom teaching, includes lesson observation, training within a host and second school; partnership based training days and time spent at the University of Reading.

With Bracknell Forest schools you will have the opportunity to experience teaching all age and ability groups. Our schools have very good facilities and access to technology, including interactive whiteboards,

At your host school you will be assigned a learning mentor, a qualified, experienced teacher who will work alongside you and support your professional development. You will meet with them at regular intervals throughout the year to review your individual training plan and to set professional development targets. Being based in the school you are surrounded by experts and there is always someone to ask for help advice or just to discuss your learning. You can also network with previous years trainees.

One morning a week will be spent on professional studies, where experts from across the partnership schools will offer you an insight into particular topics that will help you as a teacher, either developing your own skills, or enabling you to better understand the needs of your pupils. Training will either take place internally or you will train with all School Direct trainees in one of the other partnership schools.

To achieve your PGCE you are required to complete a written assignment each term, these will be set and marked by the University and complement your study towards qualified teacher status, allowing you to study and research particular topics in depth. This work is also worth up to 60 credits towards a Masters degree.

Modern Foreign Languages departments in Bracknell Forest bring the Curriculum to life through creative and inspiring teaching of French, German and Spanish.

Learning languages is as much about developing cultural awareness as about teaching vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation so teaching with total immersion in the target language is common to develop spontaneity in the productive skills of speaking and writing.

You could also have the opportunity to get involved in extra-curricular clubs, visits and exchange programmes, which we highly regard as excellent opportunities to bring their language learning to life in authentic settings.

School placements

Our partnership schools include:

  • The Brakenhale School RG12 7BA
  • Charters School SL5 9QY
  • Easthampstead Park Community School RG12 8FS
  • Edgbarrow School RG45 7HZ
  • Garth Hill College RG12 2AD
  • King’s Academy Binfield RG42 4FS
  • Ranelagh CE School RG12 9DA
  • Sandhurst School GU47 0SD

Successful applicants will be allocated to schools after interview, so we can best match trainees to schools. Geographical preference will be taken into account where possible.

School Direct is a personalised route to qualified teacher status and your initial teaching responsibilities will be influenced by prior experience, however you can be sure you will have a structured introduction into teaching and can expect to build up your teaching gradually.

During the first half of the autumn term you will observe lessons, work with small groups and teach with another teacher in your subject, using their lesson plans. Gradually as the term goes on you will have the chance to develop your own lesson plans and will take on more teaching with the focus being on shared teaching. In the first half of the term you will spend two days a week at the University, building knowledge relating to teaching your subject area.

In the Spring term you will spend two separate weeks at the university in January and February. After the first week you will start a second school placement in another school in the partnership. The focus moves to guided teaching and you will work towards teaching 50% of the week.

After the Easter break leading up to the summer half term (May) you will have an extended period of teaching, during which you should expect to become increasingly independent in taking responsibility for teaching and learning. For your final half term of training, if you have already demonstrated that you are meeting the requirements of the Teaching Standards, you will have the opportunity to gain additional experience beyond your normal teaching timetable.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We require equivalency tests to be taken prior to application. The equivalency tests the University of Reading accept are:

Applicants who need English can also undertake the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) -

Personal qualities

We are looking for potential teachers with a passion for their subject, a desire to immerse themselves in the school community and to take responsibility for their professional growth and development.
The ability to relate to and motivate young people is essential. Their enthusiasm and depth of knowledge for their subject should be apparent as should their keenness to share this with pupils.
We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals, who set their own high standards, work well as part of a team, are able to reflect on their own learning and set appropriate targets for their own development.

Other requirements

If successful at interview you will receive a conditional offer of a place which will be confirmed by the University of Reading.

Your offer will be subject to:

  • Receipt of satisfactory references
  • Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced level clearance
  • Satisfactory ‘Fitness to Teach’ report
  • Completion of any necessary subject knowledge requirements

The Bracknell Forest Partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is essential that all members of staff, students and volunteers also share this responsibility. All our recruitment and selection practices adhere to the safer recruitment process.

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 £15,650

About the training provider

You will have the opportunity to receive invaluable ‘on the job’ experience in school with the Bracknell Forest School Partnership. This consists of eight co-educational secondary schools with sixth forms, a pupil referral unit and a special school all part of the small friendly and successful local authority of Bracknell Forest, Berkshire.

This training programme is a one-year school based full-time route into teaching leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and credits towards a Masters degree.

One school will be your host school, but more importantly you will be part of a wider community of trainee teachers across all the partnership schools. Your training will be carried out in conjunction with University of Reading.

The aim of all involved in the partnership is to train excellent practitioners who have a positive impact on the learning of pupils. You will take ownership of your development during your first year and establish the skills to allow you to reflect on your own learning to enable you to continuously improve during the training year and throughout your career.

Bracknell Forest is renowned for being a small, friendly and very effective local authority. New teachers often tell us how easy it is to settle in our schools and how valuable the networking opportunities are. There is a real sense of community amongst our teachers.

After the course you will be in an ideal situation to apply for suitable vacancies in any of the partnership schools .

Interview process

Once we receive your application, we will undertake a short listing process. For practical reasons we cannot interview everyone so please ensure your application tells us all the relevant skills, knowledge and experience you have to offer. The strongest candidates will be invited to an interview.

Successful applicants will be those who will work well as part of a team, who are able to reflect on their own learning, be highly organised with good personal communication skills and keen to play a part in the wider life of the school.

Our interviews are conducted via Microsoft Teams. You do not need Office 365 to access Microsoft Teams but you will need a laptop, desktop PC or tablet, plus an internet connection and your equipment needs an internal or external camera and microphone.

Our interview experience is designed to ensure that the online process gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities as well as offering you an opportunity to ask the questions that you need to ask. Within the interview we will ask you to prepare a five minute presentation detailing how you would go about teaching a 25 minute learning activity. The interview will last for approximately one hour.

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

Disability access varies from school to school. If you have any specific concerns about access please contact us at as early as possible in the application process. If your application is shortlisted we will make adjustments to ensure you can attend and participate fully in the interview process and, if successful at interview, place you in the most suitable school with training places.

The University of Reading’s London Road campus is a compact and level campus. Most teaching buildings are accessible for wheelchair users, although some older buildings have limited access. They are continually improving access to buildings and operate a central room booking system so that lectures are timetabled in accessible rooms .

All University buildings are accessible by car and most have disabled parking spaces nearby.

Students with mobility difficulties may apply for a permit to park on campus, for which there is a small annual charge. Permits for Blue Badge holders are free.

There are buses into town from campuses with around 50% of the Reading buses having low floors.

Contact this training provider

Ranelagh Drive
RG12 9DA

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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