You can apply now through the APPLY system.

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

We offer the following courses:

  • Modern Languages – 1-year full time: course code 342L
  • Modern Languages – 2-years part time: course code E778
  • Mandarin with French, German or Spanish – 1-year full time: course code U562

All of these courses lead to a PGCE with QTS.

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


These systems usually 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 (course code: 342L) at 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.

You can also register for free with Premier Plus service provided by the Department for Education which will give you practical advice for each stage of your application, help you arrange your school experience and provide information for financial support you may be entitled to.

Please note: we are not a licenced sponsor of student visas and can therefore not support an application from outside the EEA. Please view the government website here for information about student visas.

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 average score of 7.0.

Please be aware that we require NARIC statements 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 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 fully understand how difficult it is to secure school experience at the moment, 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.

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.

How we select

The National Modern Languages SCITT will shortlist candidates using a scoring matrix and invite successful candidates for an online interview with the Hub lead staff at your chosen location.

The interview process will include online written tasks in English and the main language you wish to train to teach in, followed by an online interview and spoken language tests, as well as a 10-minute teaching task which you will be able to prepare in advance. This will be split over two days and usually takes around three hours in total.

We are committed to providing a high-quality experience for prospective trainees and have planned our interview process accordingly. This may be longer than you have anticipated but 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 trainee placements including Hubs and partner schools shares this commitment. and are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment.

Appointment to these posts will be subject to the following pretraining checks: health, identity, relevant work qualifications, right to work in the UK, professional registration (for qualified teaching staff), Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, 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 bindovers 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.