Woodfield School
Modern Foreign Languages (3FL8)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Hillingdon SCITT
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 March 2019
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

School Direct (tuition fee) programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. You’ll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through student loans, bursaries, or scholarships.

Career changers can bring valuable skills and experience to the profession, which they have developed since leaving university. This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be from an educational setting. Although school experience is not a requirement to get onto an ITT course, we do however strongly recommend that you gain some school experience so that you fully understand the role of a teacher.

You will be awarded with QTS and depending on the accredited trainer, you may have the option of achieving a PGCE (with 60 Master’s-level credits), at an additional cost. You will only be eligible for this if your Undergraduate Degree is classified as a 2:2 or above.

Interview process

Entry onto this course requires an interview. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests in teaching, and to explore why you want to study with us. The interview process is likely to include a presentation, group discussion, reading and writing tasks to probe subject knowledge, and an individual face-to-face interview. We will use the process to make judgements about your potential to be trained as a teacher in your chosen subject area and your suitability to work with children.

How school placements work

During your training year you will have a minimum of two different schools with a main placement and a shorter second placement in a contrasting school in the spring term. We pride ourselves on our inclusive practice and therefore trainees can expect either their first or second placement to take place in a Special Needs School.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • You'll need at least a 2:2 Bachelor honours degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification. For equivalent qualifications, you’ll need to confirm your qualification is equivalent to a UK degree, which can be formally recognised through UK NARIC.
  • You must have GCSE grade C/4 (or standard equivalent) in Mathematics and English - and a science subject for primary trainees.
  • You must pass the DfE professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. We require this to be completed by 31 May 2019 unless your initial application is received after this date.

Personal qualities

We are looking for motivated individuals who share our commitment to inclusive educational practice and who value the opportunity to work in London's most diverse schools.

Other requirements

If your degree subject doesn't link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may still be able to apply for a postgraduate teacher training programme by undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course.

  • SKE courses are available in maths, physics, languages, biology, chemistry, computing, English, geography, and design and technology. They can be full-time or part-time, classroom-based or online.
  • SKE courses last between eight and 28 weeks, depending on the subject you want to teach and how closely related your subject knowledge is.
  • SKE courses are fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees.

About the training provider

The Woodfield Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of schools and other organisations committed to delivering high-quality, school-based initial teacher training (ITT), aiming to strengthen and promote inclusive practice. With this in mind, we expect all our applicants to understand that their main, or second, placement may take place in a special school.

All of our schools are rated by Ofsted as "Good" and "Outstanding" where you will be supported to acquire the skills and knowledge to become exceptional practitioners in education. Over the past three years, we have recruited and successfully trained over fifty salaried and ten non-salaried trainees on the School Direct route, who have gone on to successful employment in schools in Brent and beyond.

Our accredited providers for 2019-20 will be the Hillingdon SCITT (school-centred Initial Teacher Training) and Middlesex University, both offering an enriched comprehensive training programme leading to QTS with the option of gaining a PGCE (may incur an additional cost).

About the accredited body


Training with disabilities and other needs

Woodfield School is a special school with a range of expertise in supporting disabilities and other needs. This is reflected in the support available for our trainee teachers. We ensure that the placement is appropriate to supporting any specific needs of our applicants. Our accredited provider, Hillingdon SCITT, take pride in the Pastoral Support for all trainees. They also offer a variety of school experiences, including the opportunity to visit a Pupil Referral Unit and a Special School.

Contact details

0203 846 3787
Woodfield Teaching School Alliance
Glenwood Avenue


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