Cornwall School Centred Initial Teacher Training. (Cornwall SCITT) Modern Languages (French with German) (28WR)

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

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


Course summary

Initially you will engage with Educational & Professional Studies and Subject Studies alongside your school placements. This encourages you to think holistically about the issues discussed during your professional studies sessions, your application within the context of your subject specialism and the opportunity to put ideas into practice. As your confidence in the classroom develops, you will extend your time spent on placement in preparation for your first year as a qualified teacher.

Education & Professional Studies Programme (sessions based at Truro College): provides a framework to develop as professional educators by providing a broader perspective on educational issues that set the context for learning. EPS sessions include support for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with dedicated academic tutors to guide your academic progress. The PGCE, delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University, is assessed by the submission of 3 assignments. The final award is equal to 60 credits at Level 7 (Masters level).

Subject Studies Sessions: Subject Studies develops subject knowledge in relation to curriculum needs and appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with a particular focus on how educational issues such as assessment, planning, adaptive teaching and delivery can be most effectively achieved in the classroom to benefit all pupils. Subject sessions develop your existing subject knowledge in your subject area, while identifying ways to express this knowledge in a manageable format for young learners. The focus is on practical solutions to ensure that you develop as a creative and reflective classroom practitioner.

School placements: For all trainee teachers, the most exciting part of the training programme is their time spent on placement in our partnership schools. One of our greatest strengths is our bespoke training programme coordinated by our team of subject leaders, who will carefully select a suitable placement based on your individual needs. You will receive support from a dedicated mentor while on placement, and will also receive additional training from the school’s professional tutor. Our mentors will support you to develop at your own pace, from observing lessons to planning and implementing your own series of lessons by the end of the course. You will complete placements at two schools within our partnership during the course, alongside enrichment visits to specialist providers. You will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence collected while on placement, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

Cornwall SCITT works in partnership with more than 25 Secondary Schools in Cornwall, including a Special School Trust and an Alternative Provision Multi-Academy Trust. At interview, the panel will discuss your placement needs and select suitable placements accordingly. We aim to place trainees 30-40 minutes from home, but occasionally this can take longer, especially for those living in more remote areas.

Trainees will usually experience two school placements. We aim to give trainees a broad range of experiences during the course, with placements in two contrasting schools. Placements will focus on the 11-16 age range, but post-16 experience can be gained either through sixth form participation or a short placement in a tertiary College.

You will be on school placement for 3 days per week in the Autumn term, attending placement alongside Educational & Professional Studies and Subject Studies training sessions until a short block placement in November, when you will be in school 5 days a week.

From February half term until the end of the course you will be on placement 5 days per week. This allows you to embed your practice, developing your confidence as you progress towards your final assessment and your first employed post.

Cornwall SCITT offer enrichment opportunities for those interested in visiting an SEND School or an Alternative Provision Academy, circumstances permitting. These enhancements are initially for a one-day visit, with a potential opportunity for an extended placement later in the 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 with German) 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.

If you do not hold a Grade 4/C or higher in GCSE Maths or English then you will need to enrol on a course to gain these qualifications, or consider taking an equivalency test. Or

Personal qualities

The application form and interview process is designed to assess suitability to train to teach and will focus on the applicant’s:

  • Commitment to the teaching profession and improving the lives of young people;
  • Enthusiasm for the chosen subject and capacity to inspire learners;
  • Awareness of current educational issues;
  • Intrinsic passion for learning;
  • Commitment to own professional development;
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with both pupils and adults;
  • Flexibility and a willingness to act upon advice;
  • Emotional and physical resilience and readiness for hard work

Other requirements

As part of our commitment to safer recruitment, all successful candidates will undergo the full range of safeguarding, health and physical capacity to teach checks.

For those who have spent more than 5 months working or living abroad you may be required to gain a letter of good conduct or a workplace reference.

We are expected to make an assessment of fundamental English and mathematics knowledge before QTS is awarded. Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training.

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 £9,250

Financial support from the training provider

Cornwall SCITT trainees are highly likely to be eligible for Student Finance support. As part of our access to learning fund, we may be able to support those in financial hardship with course-related costs incurred during training. We also offer a termly contribution to all trainees with a household income lower than £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance.

About the training provider

Cornwall SCITT is an outstanding provider of teacher training for Primary and Secondary teaching routes.

We are deeply committed to ensuring the very best outcome for our student teachers and for the young people of Cornwall. Our training programmes reflect the unique needs of young people at all stages of their educational development, and value the importance of bespoke training to ensure that our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to successfully embark on a career in education. Central training for our Primary Course is delivered at Heartlands, near Redruth, and for our Secondary Course at Truro College. Most of the year is spent in schools, gaining first-hand experience with the support of experienced school-based trainers.

Cornwall SCITT was graded as outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection. Embedded in our approach is a strong relationship with local schools, and our reputation for providing outstanding training endorses our graduates to local employers. We are supported by specialists working within our partnership schools to ensure that our training reflects current best practice and continues to be innovative.

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Interview process

All applications are reviewed by our management team prior to selection; those successful will be invited to interview. You will be asked to prepare several tasks, including a pre-interview subject knowledge audit and a short written reflection on an educational topic.

You will be asked to deliver a short teaching episode to an interview panel of up to three people, including a member of the management team and a subject leader, with the panel assuming the role of learners. Following the teaching episode, the interview panel will discuss your application with you in greater detail, including reflections on school experience gained prior to interview, subject knowledge and preparedness to enter the teaching profession. You will also be given the opportunity to ask any questions about the course. Candidates will be expected to communicate in French and German.

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

Cornwall SCITT is founded on the principles of equality and inclusion. Our management team, academic tutors, subject leaders and school-based mentors strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all student teachers. Prior to the start of the course all student teachers undertake a health and physical capacity to teach check.

For those with additional learning needs, every student teacher receives bespoke support from a dedicated academic tutor who can provide support with assignment writing. Students can also access additional support through Student Finance’s Disabled Learning Allowance Scheme.

We carefully select placement schools for those with physical needs to optimise any reasonable adjustments that may be required. Mentors and subject leaders can provide support to those with visual and hearing difficulties to develop impairment-friendly strategies within the classroom.

Our personalised approach to learning allows those with mental health needs to develop their practice with support from the central management team. We offer an empathetic dialogue to provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge throughout the programme.

Contact this training provider

01872 305728
Truro College
College 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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