The Journey From Graduate to Teacher

Learn how to become a teacher with our SCITT training programme

Have you got what it takes to become a languages teacher in the UK?

Teaching is a challenging yet extremely rewarding profession that helps to shape the young people of today into the adults they will become in the future. Through teaching languages you get a chance to share your passion and knowledge for the culture behind the language and help students create better opportunities for themselves by expanding their communication skills.

Multi-lingual and modern languages teachers are in growing demand in the UK with increasing support from the government in the form of tax-free bursaries for teaching training. When you train to become a languages teacher in the UK, you’ll be joining an exciting and ever-developing industry that truly makes a difference in the lives of young people. On our SCITT teaching programme, you’ll work with a network of like-minded individuals from a variety of backgrounds with a keen interest in modern languages teaching.

Our teacher training programme is accessible to graduates fluent in one modern language and English who want to train to teach full or part-time over one or two years. View further details regarding the course progression below or get in touch to start your teacher training application today.

How to become a languages teacher in the UK with the NML SCITT teacher training programme

The application process

Register with UCAS

You should register with either the APPLY or UCAS systems.

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

Guidance and help options are available on their website through the registration.

Register here


Search and select The National Modern Languages SCITT, Silverdale School at APPLY or UCAS to complete the application online.

Remember to choose your Hub location as part of your application.

Apply for SCITT


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


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.

After a successful application

Individual Training Plan

Together with the help of your school and your mentor, you will create an Individual Training Plan at the start of the year that is tailored to your individual needs. This is regularly reviewed over the course of your training and is designed to meet the criteria laid out by the Department for Education (DfE).

Four-day induction

Before you begin your classroom training you’ll take part in a four-day familiarisation course. The course introduces you to developing strategies and routines for the classroom including lesson planning, teaching games, motivational resources and memorisation techniques.

You’ll receive a series of structured follow-up tasks to complete during the first few weeks of your teacher training course.

Hands-on classroom training

Teach and train in two of our partner schools. We are fortunate to have partnered with an exciting mix of fantastic schools across the UK, many of which are recognised for their brilliance in teaching.

PGCE training

To support your qualification of PGCE you’ll attend PGCE seminars in each phase of your teacher training and have access to online support from Sheffield Hallam University.

One-to-one mentoring & support documentation

You’ll receive regular online and face to face support and training with your mentor and additional support and advisory visits by your nominated Quality Assurance Leader to better assist your training journey.

Throughout your training we will provide languages specific documentation and progress documentation to support your planning, observations and assessment.

Evidence collation & presentation

As part of your Final Assessment you will require a portfolio of evidence showing your comprehension and competence of the Teachers’ Standards. We will provide guidance on how to record and collate your evidence throughout your training.

Assessment & Qualified Teacher Status

Written work for the qualification of PGCE is assessed through Sheffield Hallam University and assessed at Masters’ Level. The NML SCITT will assess your progress against the Teachers’ Standards and award QTS at the end of your training. The written work for the qualification of your PGCE is assessed through Sheffield Hallam University at Masters’ level. You will gain 60 Masters’ credits which are portable if you wish to complete your full Masters’ at a later date.

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