Peninsula Teaching School
Modern Languages (French and Spanish) (HJ12)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
20 December 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our School Direct route offers the best of both worlds for future teachers. From Day One, you will be immersed into the school life of our exceptional Secondary schools. Your main placement will usually be at Penrice Academy, an Outstanding school in mid Cornwall. Unlike some traditional PGCE routes, you will begin your school experience from the start of September, and so develop working relationships with some of Cornwall’s most effective practitioners. In these settings, you will have the exciting opportunity to work with highly experienced professionals who are passionate about their subjects. These unique professional networks are one of the reasons that our trainees often go on to gain jobs and leadership opportunities in our own schools. The school will provide training on the practical aspects of teaching via a rigorous, evidence based programme, underpinned by high quality mentoring and coaching processes. We pride ourselves on our school driven School Direct model, which is personalised and flexible. This allows us to determine your bespoke training programme according to your needs and interests.

Alongside this, you will have the full benefits of the PGCE and taught academic elements at Plymouth Marjon University, who have a proud tradition of Outstanding teacher training. In the first half of the Autumn and Spring term you will have weekly General Professional Studies and Subject Knowledge Sessions. These will include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops, and the chance to work alongside a broad cohort of university students. There will also be five University-based Conference Days throughout the year.

Interview process

If you are shortlisted then you will be required to visit Penrice Academy for a formal interview. During this day, you will be offered a tour of the school, you will meet staff in your chosen subject, and you will be asked to teach a short episode with students. You will also be asked to complete a number of other school based tasks to demonstrate numeracy and literacy skills.

How school placements work

It is most likely that your main placement will be Penrice Academy, which is our lead school, or one of the other schools within Cornwall Education Learning Trust (CELT). You will be here for the majority of the academic year. However, in order to develop breadth of experience, you will also have an additional six week placement in one of the schools within CELT. These are Newquay Tretherras, Brannel School, and Poltair School. Peninsula Teaching School also has links with schools across Cornwall, so we are able to take the individual geographical needs of trainees into consideration.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Applicants must have a degree at 2:2 or above and GCSE English, Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

Please note that we will only accept specific equivalency tests. Please check with for more information.

School Direct candidates must meet standard entry requirements of Plymouth Marjon University and be approved by the University.

Personal qualities

You should demonstrate a real aptitude and flair for teaching and a desire to be involved in a school setting from the beginning of your training. It is essential that you have the willingness to listen and respond to feedback from colleagues, and the resilience, commitment and tenacity to immerse yourself into school life. We would strongly recommend that candidates gain experience in a school before committing to teaching as a career choice.

Other requirements

A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service check).

We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach. Candidates must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach by completing an on-line medical questionnaire.

About the training provider

The Peninsula Teaching School Partnership was designated in September 2011 with Penrice as our Lead School. Penrice Academy has consistently been graded as “Outstanding” by Ofsted and was one of the first schools to be designated a ‘Teaching School’ in England. As such, we have a wealth of expertise in delivering successful School Direct and SCITT programmes. Many of our past trainees have gone on to build successful teaching careers in Cornwall and beyond. Our School Direct model is rooted in the belief that training to teach should be personalised and school driven, whilst also underpinned by rigorous University based training.

Peninsula Teaching School are working in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University, which is one of the most long-standing teacher training institutions in the country, having trained teachers since the 1840s. The Times and Sunday Times Good University guide ranked the University as 1st in England for quality of teaching. Learning and teaching is underpinned by research, policy and practice. Complete University guide 2019 stated ‘Plymouth Marjon University has long-established expertise in teacher training reflected in the numbers of postgraduate students choosing to study at the university. It has relationships with hundreds of schools and impressive earnings figures for its graduates.’

Training with disabilities and other needs

Plymouth Marjon University has an experienced team providing information, guidance and support to prospective and current students, relating to all forms of disability and medical conditions and specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia. The Disability Team is able to advise you prior to applying and through the application process. Prospective students are encouraged to make early contact with the Disability Team and also to disclose their disability at the application stage. This means the Disability Team is able to plan your support with you in advance of your studies, ensuring a smoother transition to Higher Education.

There is a specialist Dyslexia Tutor to provide study skills support to identified students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other organisational problems. To access the DSA (outlined above) you will be required to provide an up to date assessment (conducted after your 16th birthday) by an appropriately qualified professional, and need to either contact your LA direct or the Disability Team for support with this application. It is in your interest to get your assessment updated where necessary and begin the process of applying for DSA before commencing your studies. If you suspect you may have specific learning difficulties once your course has commenced, please contact the Disability Team to be screened and following this, where appropriate, an Educational Psychologist will visit the University to carry out your specialist assessment. Recommendations specifically related to degree level study can be put in place and specialist study skills can be accessed where appropriate.

Contact details

01726 874 342
Penrice Academy
Charlestown Road
St Austell
PL25 3NR


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