Clairvaux Teaching School Alliance
Modern Languages (2VSN)

PGCE with QTS full time

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

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
16 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Clairvaux Teaching and Learning Consortium is a Teaching School partnership in Rotherham. We offer high quality School Direct trainee places.

  • Our School Direct course lasts a year and results in qualified teacher status (QTS) and PGCE Master’s-level credits from University of Sheffield
  • You’ll train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’
  • You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and personal one to one mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.
  • The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans. You can find details of these here-
  • You will have a programme of high quality continuous professional development in both the core pedagogy of teaching, and subject specific content of your chosen area of the curriculum (secondary)

Interview process

Shortlisting is undertaken on a fair and consistent basis, ensuring all applicants are considered against the minimum defined criteria within current DfE regulations. (Please refer to the DfE website).

Following a successful application to Clairvaux TSA, you will receive an invitation to interview. The interview process includes:

  • A tour of the School
  • The delivery of part of a lesson (year group and content will be communicated prior)
  • A presentation task that assesses quality of communication focused on one/combination of the following: Subject knowledge, commitment to teaching, data interpretation or barriers in a classroom.
  • An interview with a panel that includes the Clairvaux ITT coordinator, and either the Director of Clairvaux Teaching School or a subject teacher within the specialism applied for. (panel information will be communicated prior).

Additionally the interview should be used by the applicant to address any concerns or questions about the training process. Following the interview, applicants will be informed in writing about their offer. If unsuccessful, specific and constructive targets will be clearly outlined to support with future applications. This communication will take place within 1 working week after the interview

How school placements work

Each trainee undertakes three placements: Autumn (TP1 - 15 weeks), Spring (TP2 - approx 10-12 weeks) and Summer (TP3 - 15 weeks).

TP1 and TP3 are spent in the "host" school which will support and deliver the majority of the SCITT training programme. For secondary trainees this could be within St. Bernard's RC High School or one of our secondary partner schools within Rotherham. For primary trainees this will be within within one of our primary partner schools. TP1 involves observations of teaching practice, weekly training sessions (compulsory hub training which takes place at Clairvaux TSA/St Bernard's RC) with a gradual and supportive move towards teaching classes within one key stage (secondary) or one year group (primary). TP3 includes an increased teaching timetable and experience within a different year group/key stage.

TP2 will be spent in an alternative school that can provide a contrasting environment to the host school. Trainees will learn about their TP2 placement within their first term and will be given the opportunity to meet their TP2 mentors, tour the school and ask questions before the placement commences. Usually during this placement, the trainee will teach a contrasting key stage or year group to TP1 to support a broader understanding of the curriculum. During this placement, however, weekly hub training sessions will continue to take place at Clairvaux TSA/St. Bernard's RC High School and attendance is compulsory.

Placements within school are carefully selected and monitored by Clairvaux TSA to ensure a consistent teacher training provision is experienced by all ITTs. Partner schools are based within Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster therefore the trainee must accept the possibility of travel. However, genuine and personal circumstances will always be considered and accommodated where possible.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,000
EU students £9,000
International students £9,000

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:

Student type Fees to pay

UK students £9,000

EU students £9,000

There are Student Loans available to pay the fees.

If you decide to pay privately then the payment schedule is:

Term 1 : £2,500

Term 2 : £2,500

Term 3 : £4,000

With each amount being due on the first day of each term.

You will have to pay the cost of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check in advance of starting the course.

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.



In order to be considered for the programme you would need:

A relevant degree - if you do not have a relevant degree you will need to have an A level in the subject you want to teach.

GCSE grade C or 4 in Maths and English.

If you have any questions about qualifications – please contact and we can offer support.

About the training provider

Train to teach in 2019 with Clairvaux Teaching School Alliance (CTSA)

St. Bernard’s Catholic High School is the lead school for the CTSA. Clairvaux is centered on a partnership of primary, secondary and teaching schools working in collaboration to provide the most outstanding teaching and learning to students within our local communities and beyond. We are passionate about training the next generation of teachers so we can use our extensive experience, knowledge and skills to continue the vision of outstanding educational provision for the future

The benefits to choosing Clairvaux as your Initial Teacher Training provider include:

  • 100% of all Clairvaux ITTs complete their training on at least ‘good’.
  • 100% of all ITTs secure jobs in their first year of teaching.
  • Immediate immersion into school life! You will become an active member within your host school, experiencing a range of classroom settings and building lasting relationships with colleagues and students.
  • An intensive and thorough training plan, designed by current practitioners.
  • Experienced teacher-mentors who will meet weekly with you to undertake valuable and supportive reflection on your progress.
  • Weekly ‘hub’ meetings where you will undertake specific training and spend invaluable time with your ITT School Direct peers to share experiences, ideas and support.
  • Accessible contact with the ITT Coordinator, who provides regular information, updates, and overall support to all ITTs.
  • A positive, proactive and hands-on school training programme that invests time in you as a ‘teacher’ within the school.

About the accredited body

Clairvaux provides the Initial Teacher Training route (ITT) through the School Direct programme, in partnership with the Sheffield SCITT. Both Clairvaux and Sheffield SCITT share a passionate understanding that School-based-training routes provide the firmest foundation to becoming outstanding practitioners.

Whilst Clairvaux provides leading support, training and assessment on a daily basis, the Sheffield SCITT ensures the highest quality in our provision. The benefits to Clairvaux of working in partnership with the Sheffield SCITT include:

  • Shared opportunities for weekly hub training.
  • Additional opportunities for Clairvaux ITTs to network within a wider group of trainees across Sheffield Schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Those with disabilities are under-represented in the teaching profession. At Clairvaux TSA we feel we have a responsibility to provide equality of access to the training programme as well as ensuring applicants have the health and physical capacity to teach.

Every individual will have different circumstances and needs and so it is impossible to generalise about the likely impact a disability could have on a potential teaching career. For this reason it is important that you get in touch with Clairvaux TSA early on into the process to discuss any special arrangements you may need, and to explore the options.

Clairvaux TSA partners with The Sheffield SCITT who has a ‘Reasonable Adjustments Policy and Procedure’. This underpins our approach and is available on request by emailing

Contact details

01709 828183
Clairvaux TSA at St. Bernard's Catholic High School
Herringthorpe Valley Road
South Yorkshire
S65 3BE


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