Co-op Academies Trust Modern Languages (French and Spanish) (H922)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Bright Futures SCITT
Financial support

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also 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.

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 Salaried School Direct programme is an employment based route which leads to Qualified Teacher Status. The Languages Departments at our trust schools are outstanding and an excellent base to begin your training and teaching career.

School Direct is a route into teaching featuring a school-centred approach. As a School Direct (salaried) trainee, you will be employed in a school, working alongside highly professional and well-qualified colleagues while you train. You will receive a salary from your school (the amount paid is linked to the unqualified teacher pay scale. The school will also cover the cost of your training to become a qualified teacher. Specific subject knowledge training will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the Languages curriculum for Key stage 3 and 4.

Trainee timetables are progressive in design, however, trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support. All trainees gain experience of both key stage 2 (upper primary) and Key stage 5 (post 16).

Progress is monitored with your planning, teaching and assessment being observed by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least one joint observation with the Head of Initial Teacher Training. Trainees reflect on progress on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. Trainees are supported on this journey through a series of school based tasks to enable a thorough understanding of the Core Content Framework and Teachers’ Standards.

Throughout the course, trainees engage with professional development training. This training takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning and is delivered by lead practitioners and specialist leaders of education.

Can I refresh my subject knowledge?

Not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset, for example, your degree might not be in your chosen subject but is closely related. As a Trainee Teacher, you should identify parts of your subject knowledge you need to refresh or deepen.

  • A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course is available, with a bursary, for Languages.

How do I become a qualified teacher?

The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the Teacher Standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from teaching files, reflections and observations completed during your training.

School placements

This course leads to qualified teacher status- QTS (11-16 years).

As a salaried trainee teacher you will be responsible and accountable for your classes. There is an expectation that you will have a higher teaching timetable from the start of the programme. We recommend this route for people who have experience working in schools or relevant work experience that will enable them to take on the role of a salaried trainee.

All secondary placements are arranged through an A-B-A model. This means that the trainee will be placed at their school of employment for a significant portion of the year. An alternative placement runs within the summer term before the trainee returns to their school of employment until the end of the programme.

Alternative placement schools are chosen considering a number of factors, including trainee prior experience, training needs and location.

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

  • A passion for the subject you wish to teach
    • The potential to train to teach
    • Excellent subject knowledge
    • Resilience
    • Dedication
    • Enthusiasm

The Co-op Academies Trust is committed to ensuring staff at all levels develop:

  • Self-help
  • Self-responsibility
  • Democracy
  • Equality
  • Equity
  • Solidarity

We uphold our key ethical values of:

  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Social responsibility
  • Caring for others

Other requirements

All applicants must undergo a suitability to teach check: this included a disclosure and barring service check and a fitness to teach check.

Some applicants may be required to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course within one or both languages.

Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years experience of working in a school setting, either on a voluntary or salaried basis. Such experience should include a range of year groups covering KS3 and KS4. The more experience an applicant can gain before applying for a place on the course, the greater the chance they will have of being successful.


School Direct Salaried route is a paid teacher training position. You will be employed by your training school as an unqualified teacher. The school will pay your QTS (Qualified Teaching Status) training fees. Salaried trainees are are not eligible for bursaries or funding.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

Co-op Academies Trust believes in changing the lives of young people through empowering teachers and young people to work together for a better education and a better community.

The Trust brings together expertise from across Primary, Secondary, Special and Further Education in an aim to promote excellence in all aspects of education. Trainees benefit from focused, central and school-based training, working in our partner schools across our 4 geographical areas for the duration of the programme:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Merseyside
  • Staffordshire
  • West Yorkshire

Key elements of our training programme

  • In school training from the first day
  • Two contrasting teaching placements across our trust to prepare you for employment
  • Cross-phase training experiences throughout the course
  • Trained mentors supporting every aspect of your professional development
  • Evidence-informed professional studies sessions facilitated by outstanding practitioners
  • Meetings with other associate teachers from a wide trainee network
  • Gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a PGCE, and Masters level credits
  • A dedicated well-being provision
  • A new Google Chromebook will be given to every trainee teacher to support their training year.

Interview process

Following a successful application that meets our entry criteria, an interview will be arranged by Co-op Academies Trust which could be in person within a trust setting, or via an on-line platform.

The interview will include the following elements:

  • A short pupil-based activity where we ask you to prepare a lesson walk through to discuss with the interview panel.

  • A hidden task revealed during the interview

  • A written task to assess your written communication skills

  • A formal interview with staff from Co-op Academies Trust

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

It is the goal of Co-op Academies Trust to recruit people of outstanding potential, irrespective of their background or needs, and to ensure that the admission process is transparent, has minimal barriers to entry, is based on merit and potential, and is fair with regards to diversity.

Please contact us if there is anything in particular you would like to discuss.

Contact this training provider

0161 250 6241
1 Angel Square
Greater Manchester
M60 0AG

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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