You can apply now through DfE Apply

Please search for the National Modern Languages SCITT. Our provider code is 2F1.

We offer the following courses:

  • French, German and Spanish – course code: 342L
    Arabic course code: B588*
    Italian – course code: Y821*
    Mandarin – course code: H035*
    Russian – course code: B157*

*You will need French, German or Spanish as a second language. Places for these courses are limited and are not available in every hub.

The course leads to a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status.

You will be asked to choose your location; you can choose from any of our geographical hubs.

These systems open in October and are open all year or until the course is full.

Please note: We are considering applicants in the academic year before they begin the course, so an applicant applying in October will begin their course in the following September.


You should register with DfE Apply first if you haven’t yet.

This will open for registrations in October.

Guidance and help options are available through the registration.


Search and select The National Modern Languages SCITT, Silverdale School (provider code: 2F1) at DfE APPLY to complete the application online. Remember to choose your hub location as part of your application.


Your application will arrive with us and we begin the recruitment process with a shortlisting exercise which looks at applicants’ strengths and qualifications.

If you’re thinking about teaching in England, an adviser can provide free, one-to-one support through phone, text or email. You can register for free with the Get an Adviser service provided by the Department for Education. The advisor will give you practical advice for each stage of your application, help you arrange your school experience, help write your personal statement and understand the qualifications you will need.

Please note: we are not a licensed sponsor of student visas and cannot support an application from outside the UK. Please visit for further information.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree is required, or a recognised equivalent qualification with a high level of fluency in at least one modern language. (If you are unsure about whether your degree classification is good enough, please talk to us).

High fluency in English is required. GCSE English and Maths Grade C/4 or above or equivalent are also essential (and a government requirement). If English is not your first language, you may need to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam and gain an academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills.

Please be aware that we require an ENIC statement of comparability for non-UK GCSE, A-level and degree certificates including the corresponding transcripts to comply with Department for Education guidelines.

It is recommended that you have evidence of some relevant teaching experience. This could be through a Get School Experience placement or via voluntary work you have organised yourself, or experience gained in another setting. This experience is not a compulsory requirement but would of course support your application. We understand that it may be difficult to secure school experience, especially if teaching is a career change for you, so please do not let this stop you from applying. If you are unsure about this or want to discuss it further, please contact us.

We consider each application on its merits. Suitable applicants will be invited to a selection event involving an interview. As you will be working with children, you will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms and obtain worldwide criminal record checks for time spent studying or working abroad.

Please do not hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions.

What we are looking for

We are looking for passionate linguists with sound subject knowledge who have the potential to train to be outstanding teachers of MFL.

We welcome applicants with an understanding of the educational context in England but will offer a programme of acclimatisation for those trainees who need to gain this experience.

We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate good written English, personal resilience, enthusiasm, confidence, the ability to be reflective and emotional intelligence.

We expect you to be aware of the professionalism required to teach and demonstrate your empathy and understanding when considering how a child learns and develops cognitively. Your application should also detail how much experience you have gained in an educational setting.

Please be aware that as part of our due diligence process, we will conduct an online search for all shortlisted candidates. This is in line with statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education.  Department for Education (2022). Keeping children safe in education (p. 54)

How we select

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview with hub lead staff and your chosen location.

The interview process will include written tasks in English and the main language you wish to train to teach in, followed by an interview and spoken language tests, as well as a 10-minute teaching task which you will be able to prepare in advance. We are committed to providing a high-quality experience for prospective trainees and have planned our interview process accordingly. The end result is that we have the best trainees training with the best schools.

We will contact all successful applicants at the end of the interview day. Similarly, we will provide feedback if we have not made an offer.

Safeguarding Children and Young People

The National Modern Languages SCITT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, and everyone involved in the National Modern Languages SCITT placements including Hubs and partner schools share this commitment, and the trainees are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment.

Conditions of acceptance on the course will include: health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, worldwide criminal record checks, references and a Childcare Disqualification and Disqualification by Association Declaration (where applicable).

A start date for successful applicants will not be confirmed until clearance from all the above checks has been obtained. Please note that the DBS check will reveal all convictions, reprimands, cautions and final warnings even if considered spent within the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. There is a DBS Code of Practice which governs this process.

All applicants will undergo rigorous and extensive checks to ensure compliance with Keeping Children Safe legalisation.

A copy of the Code of Practice is available here.