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Italian with French, German or Spanish

Course outline

What qualifications will I gain? Where will I train?
  • A PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • 60 credits towards a Master’s degree.

Some of our geographical hubs offer placements for trainees with Italian.* 


How long is the programme?      When does it start
One year August 

*Places for this course are limited and are not available in every hub. You will also need French, German or Spanish as a second language. Being able to offer another language especially in French, German or Spanish as a second language is a real advantage during your placement and future employment.

How will I learn?

Our programme is intended to meet your own individual needs on your journey to QTS and to ensure you meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of your training. The course includes:

  • An individual training plan formulated at the start of year and reviewed regularly throughout the course.
  • A dedicated mentor providing you with support and guidance throughout your training. 
  • A personal portfolio to record your progress and experiences. This will form part of your final assessment. We will support you on the development of this.
  • Local and national training days.
  • Guidance and support provided for all aspects of your training, including supporting you in the development of your personal portfolio of work to present at final assessment.
  • A series of structured tasks to deepen your insight into general and language-specific pedagogy.
  • Ongoing school-based support throughout the year in your placement and by your local hub leader.
  • Teaching and training in two schools. You will complete placements in two contrasting schools and also experience teaching at KS5. In addition, you will spend three days in a primary school to observe teaching in Y6.
  • Languages-specific documentation. You will receive documentation to support planning and observations.
  • Lead teacher visits and mentoring.
What will I learn?
  • Know and understand how to teach all aspects of languages.
  • Be able to plan and prepare challenging and motivating lessons.
  • Have strong classroom management skills, such as knowing how to promote good behaviour and minimise disruption.
  • Know how to teach pupils with special education needs and disabilities.
  • Be able to assess pupils effectively.


Your placement will consist of a minimum of 120 days in at least two schools to gain practical classroom experience. Placements are usually undertaken at partner schools within your hub with the first one starting in September and your second placement starting in January.

How am I assessed?

At the end of the year, you will submit your portfolio as your final assessment. We will also track your progress throughout the year and provide guidance to ensure that you are on-track to successfully complete your training and meet the Teachers' Standards.

Future careers

After successful completion of this course, you will be qualified to teach languages.

By becoming a teacher, you’re joining a profession that offers a huge variety of career opportunities.

These include:

  • Head of a language department
  • Lead practitioner – providing support across more than one school in modern languages
  • A pastoral role, such as head of year or key stage
  • Senior leadership roles such as an assistant head, deputy head or headteacher
  • Working as a mentor, coach, trainer or facilitator.

As well as excellent career opportunities, teaching offers a competitive salary, job security and, most importantly, job satisfaction.

You will provide opportunities for the future generation, helping young people to:

  • Become fluent in another language, improve their communications skills and teach them about other cultures.
  • Have a competitive edge if they decide to apply to university.
  • Prepare for their future career and acquire the knowledge to compete in a global job market.
  • Succeed in life by providing them with a solid platform from which they can flourish.


National Modern Languages SCITT, Silverdale School, Bents Crescent, Sheffield, S11 9QH 0114 235 7980