Modern Foreign Languages

About this course

The Altius Alliance will ensure that you are trained, coached and mentored by experienced, highly effective practitioners and Specialist leaders of Education (SLEs) to achieve QTS and a PGCE (SCITT).

All trainees undertake at least one of their three assessed placements at a Laurus school.

At Cheadle Hulme High School, we firmly believe that learning a language plays a significant role in developing students academically and culturally – and ultimately in helping them to open the door to the future of their choice.

Within the languages department at CHHS we teach French, German and Spanish and students begin learning one language in Year 7. We have a philosophy of “Speak First” within the department and all students are immersed in the target language from their very first lesson. This immersive style of language teaching, where target language is used, not only by teachers but also by students, allows learners to build on grammatical concepts to allow them to make clear links between areas of learning. A belief that “Oracy precedes literacy” underpins our pedagogical approach. At CHHS we have an early entry policy whereby all students complete their GCSE studies in their first language at the end of Year 9, thus they are then able to opt for a second language (French, German, Spanish or Latin) to study over the two years at KS4.

The Languages department has a full calendar of enrichment activities, clubs, events and trips that run throughout the year and celebrate international festivals such as the Chinese New Year.


The course:

The course runs from September to the end of June.

All of the time is spent in schools (apart from 4 days at university to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (SCITT).

  • The course comprises:
  • Generic teacher training
  • Languages pedagogy programme – reflecting the KS3 and KS4 content outlined above
  • SEND with mental health programme
  • Three assessed teaching placements
  • Enhancement placements – at SEND school and Post 16 placement (unassessed)
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • PGCE (SCITT) with 60 Masters credits



QTS: This is an evidence based course where trainees are required to maintain and submit files of evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards (DfE). These files comprise school experience files, formal lesson observations, pedagogy tasks, specific generic and curriculum-based tasks.

PGCE (SCITT): Two assignments (5000 words each) at Masters level.

‘The SCITT has an excellent reputation for producing NQTs who are confident and competent teachers.’ (Ofsted 2017)


How to apply

Please apply via the UCAS website>

UCAS code: French (2MLV), German (2MLX), Spanish (2MLW)

Entry Requirements

Secondary MFL

All offers are conditional upon passing the pre-entry skills tests in Mathematics and English. We advise that these are passed prior to application, but where they have not been both tests will need to have been passed within six weeks of a place being offered to fulfil the conditions of that offer.

A 2:2 honours degree or above awarded by a UK University or equivalent which contains substantial

  • Study of your main language
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better
  • Recent and relevant school experience in UK schools in the last two years
  • To be able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English