Train to teach Mandarin

A career as a Mandarin teacher is within reach when you join our specialist teacher training programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE.

1.120 billion

Mandarin speaking people around the world

3 Nations

Speak Mandarin as the official language


Of Mandarin-speaking teaching roles in the UK


Starting salary for Mandarin teacher

From Modern Languages graduate to working as a Mandarin teacher

We are genuinely committed to your continued professional development and our close relationship with the Sheffield Teacher Training Alliance ensures we are well placed to provide expertise to support your train to teach Mandarin journey. We have helped hundreds of trainees into teaching careers in many of our excellent partner schools and beyond. Our hard-working and experienced team of Lead Teachers and Mentors will work closely with you and each other to ensure you receive individual, targeted support and guidance to help you reach QTS and gain employment as a Mandarin language teacher in the UK.

Read more about the language experts we work with, to ensure that our trainees are prepared for life as a Mandarin teacher.

Train to teach Mandarin with our Modern Languages SCITT Programme

We are delighted to be working with the Swire Chinese Language Foundation to offer training to be a teacher of Mandarin (with a second language). This is offered via our Sheffield and Peak District Hub. Offering relevant placements in two contrasting schools, you’ll train to reach Qualified Teacher Status and gain a PGCE. You’ll have the opportunity to develop plans and strategies for modern language lessons, gaining hands-on experience in the classroom.

The National Modern Languages SCITT offers this course as Mandarin with French, German or Spanish in the Sheffield and Peak District Hub. Find out more about how to apply here.

First class, school-based training

You’ll receive regular online and face-to-face support and training for both you and your Mentor. This is backed up by support and advisory visits from your nominated Lead Teacher. You will also attend the NML SCITT local hub and central training days, run by experts in modern languages teaching. Plus you attend PGCE seminars with university lecturers and all our teachers in training have full access to the facilities at Sheffield Hallam University. During your initial induction period, you’ll get the chance to meet other Mandarin and modern language trainees, with the encouragement to build a close-knit network of peers who will act as additional support throughout your training to become a Mandarin teacher and your career.

If you are interested in finding out more about training to teach Mandarin (with a second language) or have any queries please get in touch.

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