Course outline

Combining academic learning with hands-on experience in the class-room.

What is the SCITT programme?

The SCITT teaching programme is the only national course specialising in the training of modern language teachers. The programme is designed to provide a personalised approach as you train to teach and includes regular Day Schools, Online Modules and in-classroom experience to help you reach Qualified Teacher Status. On your teacher training journey, you will be supported by our team of modern language experts and a dedicated mentor from your initial induction through to your final assessment.


1 Year


2 Years

Teachers’ Standards

Criteria set by the Department for Education

Sample calendar

This gives you an idea of how the programme is delivered throughout the year.

Full time
Part time: year 1
Part time: year 2

What is included in the SCITT training programme?

Our SCITT teaching programme is intended to meet your own, individual needs on your journey to Qualified Teacher Status and meets the Teachers’ Standards criteria set by the Department for Education – the body responsible for teacher training in England.

Individual Training Plan

The SCITT teaching programme begins with formulating your individual training plan (ITP) at the start of year; this will be regularly reviewed throughout the course.

Dedicated Mentor

A dedicated teaching Mentor will meet with you to identify your initial needs in September and help you develop a new ITP at the start of each phase of the programme.

Personal Portfolio

The outcomes of your training activities including Day School, Online Modules and in classroom experience are collected in a personal portfolio ready for final assessment.

Independent learning

We will provide guidance for recording and collating your evidence throughout the year with encouragement to help you stand on your own two feet and take the initiative.

Key elements of the SCITT teaching programme

As an introduction to the SCITT programme, you will attend a four-day familiarisation and induction course in August/September. Here you will focus on language as a beginner, developing strategies and routines for the effective use of the target language in the classroom, lesson planning, different ways of presenting and practising a new language, memorisation techniques, the use of games and other motivating resources.

These introduction days link closely with what is happening in your school experience and give you structured follow-up tasks to complete over the first few weeks of the course.

Further Day Schools

Trainees come together to learn, discuss and share ideas about teaching languages

A series of structured tasks

These tasks will be supported by reading provided through Online Modules

Ongoing school-based support

Ongoing school-based support throughout the year influenced by your Individual Training Programme

Teach and train in two, contrasting schools

We provide the opportunity to teach in a second school

Languages-specific documentation

You will receive documentation to support planning and observations

Progress documentation

You will receive documentation to support monitoring and assessment of your progress.

Lead teacher visits and mentoring

Support and advisory visits by your nominated Lead Teacher

Online and face-to-face support

Regular support and training for you and your mentor either online or face-to-face

Portfolio and Final Assessment

We will support you in the development of your personal portfolio of work to present at Final Assessment

Assessed written work for the qualification of PGCE

Access to online support from Sheffield Hallam University and PGCE seminars

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