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 hub-based and central training sessions, 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

Inspire the next generation of linguists

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

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 local and national training sessions, 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

Our comprehensive pre-course schedule (March to July) will give you an introduction to the SCITT programme and prepare you for the start of your training. At the end of August, you will attend a four-day familiarisation which is the official start of the programme. Here you will focus on language learning 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 training days in your local hub

A workbook guides you through tasks to be completed before and after training sessions and is complemented by online modules and academic reading

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 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.

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

Lectures, seminars and online support as well as access to the library and student services from Sheffield Hallam University.

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