The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership Modern Languages (French and Spanish) (C842)

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

Accredited body
Chiltern Training Group
Financial support

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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This Salaried course operates over one school academic year and is a full time programme. All trainees will be in school for the equivalent of four and a half days per week with a half day set aside to allow for the Central Training.

This course is offered by The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership in conjunction with Chiltern Training Trust and our Partnership schools throughout the Bedfordshire area.

The main strength of our training provision, is that we are small enough to treat every trainee as an individual and as such, we are able to tailor the training experience to meet individual requirements.

It is our belief that teachers are best trained when there is a high level of involvement in the training by qualified teachers - and an extensive immersion in school life. Consequently, all of our trainees are allocated subject specific mentors who will oversee and monitor trainee progress and development.

Underpinning the practical aspect of the training, are the academic taught courses which operate on a twice weekly basis. The Professional Studies course aims to connect theory and practice and addresses the Standards for QTS and will involve assessment via three assignments (one each term). Additionally, all trainees will attend the Subject Application course which is delivered by the Subject Leaders as a small group subject based tutorial programme - addressing the required subject knowledge for teaching.

By the end of the course, all trainees will be able to achieve the prescribed Standards for newly qualified teachers in secondary education and additionally all of our Tuition Fee courses offer the award of a university validated PGCE with the option of gaining credits towards a Masters qualification.

School placements

All Salaried training programmes will include two complementary school placements - a main placement where you will spend the majority of your training and a shorter second placement which takes place later in the academic year. As this is a Salaried programme - please note that your main placement will also be your employing school - and for those applicants who do not apply with the support of a school - any offer of a place on the course will be conditional upon finding a school which is able to offer a placement and a position of employment for the duration of your training year.

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.

We will prioritise candidates who already have their GCSE English & Maths at a grade C/4 or above - but we will accept Equivalency Tests from the following Providers:

Equivalency Testing A Star Equivalency Birmingham City University

Applicants with qualifications from overseas must have a Statement of Comparability from UK ENIC/ NARIC for the purposes of their GCSEs and degree qualifications.

Personal qualities

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified applicants. All Salaried applicants should be able to demonstrate the relevant school experience and understanding which will enable them to be able to manage both the demands of the course and the responsibility of a teaching timetable from the outset of the training programme.
Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and genuine interest in and understanding of young people and the teaching profession.

Other requirements

In line with current safeguarding practice, we will carry out a number of pre-employment checks, including taking up references and a DBS Clearance check for all trainees prior to the start of the course.


All Salaried trainees must be employed - and paid as a minimum on the bottom of the unqualified teachers pay scale. These arrangements must be discussed with your employing school.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership is a successful and long established school based teacher training provider offering both Secondary and Primary PGCE, Tuition Fee and Salaried courses across the local area.

We believe in providing high quality training provision with a focus on supporting the individual - offering small teaching groups - and extensive pastoral support.

Now working in Partnership with The Chiltern Training Group - an Outstanding local SCITT - as well as a network of Partnership schools across Bedfordshire and Luton - we are proud to serve our local schools where the vast majority of our trainees go on to be employed.

About the accredited body

The Chiltern Training Group is an OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ SCITT Provider and is part of the wider Chiltern Learning Trust, which currently educates over 8 thousand children across Bedfordshire and incorporates two new Teaching Hubs.

Interview process

Applications received by The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership are subject to initial shortlisting by the relevant Subject Leader. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend an interview which consists of a subject knowledge based task, a practical classroom focussed exercise as well as basic literacy & numeracy testing. Successful candidates are then informed of the outcome within two working days of the interview date.

Successful applicants who do not have the support of an existing employing school will also be required to undergo an additional school interview where it is likely that they will be required to teach in order to assess their suitability.

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

The Bedfordshire Schools’ Training Partnership is committed to diversity, inclusion and well-being and aims to create a culture where everyone feels valued. We therefore welcome applications from all those who meet the entry requirements for teacher training and will always endeavour to offer the very best level of support. All individual needs will be assessed in conjunction with Occupational Health.

For trainees with a disability or additional needs it may be possible to apply for financial support from the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) - please see the link below for further information:

Contact this training provider

01462 817445
Pix Brook Academy
Arlesey Road

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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