Scarborough TSA - Coast & Vale Learning Trust Modern Languages (French) (C342)

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

Accredited body
York St John University
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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

We offer a School Direct training programme, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) awarded by the York St John University. Courses last one year and are full time.

You will be based in a school gaining experience in the classroom from the start, working alongside qualified teachers and being supported by alliance tutors. During the course of your training you will undertake placements in contrasting schools in our alliance, to widen your experience.

Throughout, you will be supported by school-based mentors and alliance tutors who will be there to give you help, advice and feedback.

In addition, you’ll also receive support and input from York St John University. As well as QTS and a PGCE, successful students will also complete two master’s level modules during the year, gaining 60 master’s credits.

Our training places are in good and outstanding schools in Scarborough, Bridlington, Whitby, Filey and surrounding areas. All our partner schools are committed to supporting trainees to be the very best teachers they can be.

Many of our trainees have secured jobs in schools in our alliance following their training.

To apply for our programmes, you need to be a graduate, ideally with a 2:2 or above.

We welcome graduates from a degree related to their chosen subject. SKE is available for some subjects depending on other qualifications and experience. We would encourage applicants to seek relevant experience doing some form of paid or voluntary work working with young people.

We encourage a community of learning with partnership at the heart of the program. University-based staff work together with schools, mentors, local and national subject communities and other education professionals to develop outstanding student teachers who are:

transformative and creative professionals highly motivated and committed autonomous and independent enquiry based practitioners self-reflective practitioners

The programme is committed to delivering outstanding education and training that is current and relevant. We provide excellent opportunities for student teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject and wider educational issues, so that they are equipped to be outstanding teachers and leaders with both a strong subject and a wider professional identity.

We have high standards for the young people in our schools and the adults who work with us.

School placements

Your school placements will take place in two of our Trust or wider alliance secondary schools. You will also spend time in a KS5 setting and alternative provision.

We will endeavour to find a placement school within a reasonable distance from your home address. We make every effort to support travel arrangements and childcare arrangements and we consider this when making placement decisions.

As a trainee with Scarborough TSA (Coast & Vale Learning Trust) , you will be treated as a professional colleague and member of school staff from day one.

There is also a requirement that you spend 5 days in a KS2 class ideally prior to starting with us in September. We realise that this is not always possible and will support you during your training year if this placement still needs to be carried out.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Lady Lumley’s School
Swainsea Lane , Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8NG
Scalby School
Fieldstead Crescent, Scarborough, YO12 6TH
York St John University
Lord Mayors Walk, York, North Yorkshire, YO31 7EX

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in modern languages with French 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

We are committed to providing the highest quality education and training for our student teachers. Spending most of your time learning at your placement school, you will develop both a strong subject knowledge and your wider professional identity. This will prepare you to become an outstanding and employable teacher upon graduation with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Therefor in return we ask for you to be professional and hard working and have a strong desire to teach and a passion for your subject. Improving life chances for children must be at the forefront of every thing you do.

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 £13,000

You may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.

Financial support if you’re from outside of the UK.

About the training provider

The Scarborough Teaching Alliance is a cross phase alliance based on the North Yorkshire Coast and surrounding areas. The Alliance is led by Coast & Vale Learning Trust and is based at Scalby School We have a proven track record of training the next generation of teachers into the profession. Employability success rate is 100%. You will be mentored and supported by outstanding practitioners while in your placement schools. As trainees with the Scarborough Teaching Alliance we invest in your future and our aim is help you grow and develop as professionals in our schools throughout your career. We want students who can demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning themselves: to show real interest and enthusiasm for children’s learning, to be resilient and be prepared to work hard, to show creativity and be able to critically reflect on their own learning. We have high standards for the children in our schools and the adults who work with us.

About the accredited body

Our School Direct programme is accredited by the Outstanding York St John University.

This is a truly collaborative partnership. YSJ have a successful history of educating and training outstanding student teachers and a strong record of contributing to our local and national teaching community.

Partnership is at the heart of ITE programmes. YSJ work to ensure its programmes reflect the latest research and evidence. The combination of experienced university, school based and other external colleagues working in partnership, makes a powerful and inspiring teaching team across a range of learning settings, providing quality experiences for our student teachers

Interview process

Interviews for the programme will take place in alliance schools.

However, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic there may still be a requirement that we interview prospective student teachers using an online platform like Skype or Zoom. Online interviews will be conducted by the Alliance Lead or a senior member of staff with current experience of interviewing ITE candidates.

The interview panel will make you feel as welcome as possible. The idea is to get to know you and find out if you have the qualities we require to train to teach.

Following a welcome and introduction to the programme you will be asked to take part in a short teaching task. This will normally be carried out with group of pupils where you will be asked to teach them a particular topic You will have prepared this before the interview day and bring the necessary resources with you.

You will also be asked to prepare a response to a journal article before the interview day and will verbally present your views. This is an essential element of the interview as we must assess the candidates’ capability to meet the academic expectations of the programme.

You will finally be asked a series of core interview questions to further assess your suitability to teach.

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

We are an inclusive organisation and see no barriers to anyone wanting to pursue a career in teaching. Please speak to us to let us know what your specific needs are and we will be able to accommodate without any hesitation.

Contact this training provider

01723 362301
Fieldstead Crescent
YO12 6TH

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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