Become a German teacher

How to become a German teacher with our SCITT training programme

Sharing the wonders of German language and culture with fresh new minds

As one of the core languages in schools across the UK, German is widely spoken and a key language often sought after in many professional industries. Entering the education sector as a German teacher provides both a rewarding and challenging career with plenty of personal and professional development opportunities.

On our SCITT teaching programme you can reach Qualified Teacher Status within a year and we can help you gain employment as a German teacher within our close network of fantastic schools. Teachers of German in the UK receive an average starting salary from £23,373 (£30,840 in London) and are eligible for support in their training year through scholarships and tax-free bursaries.

Begin your route into teaching today and learn how to become a German teacher on our SCITT teaching programme by following the application guidelines below. Alternatively, get in touch with our team for further information.

How to become a German teacher in the UK with the SCITT Teacher Training Programme

The Application Process

Register with APPLY or UCAS

You should register with APPLY or UCAS.

These systems will open for registrations in September/October.

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



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


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


The National Modern Languages SCITT will shortlist candidates using a scoring matrix and invite successful candidates for interview at Silverdale school, a partner school, or online.

The interview process will include representatives from the schools and will be a half-day to full day process.


We will contact all successful applicants at the end of the interview day. Similarly, we will provide written feedback if we have not made an offer.

After a successful application

Individual Training Plan

After confirming your placement school, you will work together with your mentor to create an Individual Training Plan (ITP) that will help support your teacher training as you progress through the course. The ITP is tailored to your needs to guide you to achieving QTS and employment as a German teacher. The ITP is regularly reviewed throughout your training year and is designed around the criteria set by the Department for Education known as the Teachers’ Standards.

Four-day induction

In August/September you’ll attend a four day induction which provides an introduction to the course and the types of school experiences you’ll face during your training. It’s also an opportunity to get to know your peers who will also be starting their own teacher training to become German, French and Spanish language teachers and build a support network of individuals with similar goals.

Hands-on classroom training

The focus of our PGCE course is hands-on classroom experience; to support your teacher training you’ll spend the majority of your training year in one school with a six week placement in a second, contrasting school.

PGCE training

Throughout the training year you’ll have access to online support from Sheffield Hallam University and attend face to face PGCE seminars.

One-to-one mentoring & support documentation

When you join us as a trainee teacher, you will get the support of our experienced and friendly team, including guidance from a dedicated Mentor and Lead Teacher.

To support your professional development, we offer language-specific documentation and progress documentation to aid your observations, planning and assessment.

Evidence collation and presentation

Over the course of your training year, you will build a portfolio of evidence proving your competence and understanding of the Teachers’ Standards that will be submitted as part of your Final Assessment. We will provide guidance on the best evidence to collect and how to collate it while encouraging independent learning and initiative.

Assessment & Qualified Teacher Status

All written work is assessed through Sheffield Hallam University and once complete, you’ll achieve Qualified Teacher Status and PGCE with 60 Masters’ credits.

We are committed to seeing you reach Qualified Teacher Status and beyond and have helped many of our newly qualified teachers into employment as German and modern languages teachers.

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