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QTS Only School Direct (Salaried) Secondary Modern Languages (Cardinal Pole) - QTS

Why study this course?

Our QTS Only School Direct (Salaried) Secondary Modern Languages (Cardinal Pole) course offers you the chance to earn while you train towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), this course is offered within the Department for Education (DfE) School Direct framework.

This allows London Met to offer you salaried training routes to QTS. Places are limited, and the course will only be open for applications when schools have places available. You should check availability with the University before applying through UCAS.

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This is an exciting one-year course leading to Qualified Teacher Status, providing training for teaching 11 to 16-year-olds (Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3), with some training to teach children older than 16 years old. The main languages covered are French, Spanish and German.

In the subject sessions taught at London Met, you'll develop your understanding of modern languages teaching methodology and how children learn. The course will explore the principles of teaching and learning languages including the use of target languages and assessment of pupils. You’ll also work on collaborative projects with other trainees.

Specialising in teaching within urban, multicultural, multilingual schools, you’ll address the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum. The course will be taught within the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the unique London school environment.

We aim to facilitate your development into a teacher of the highest quality; one who is reflective, creative, imaginative and responsive to all every child's needs.


You're assessed by a university-linked tutor during visits to your placement school and by your school-based mentor through regular assessments.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course, the University will recommend you to the NCTL for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Along with the University's standard entry requirements, you will be required to have:

  • minimum of a 2.2 UK degree or master’s (MA/MSc)
  • a pass in professional skills tests for literacy and numeracy
  • a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (eg a London Metropolitan University Health Check) which you will be advised to apply for after an offer is made
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent, see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers

We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Professional requirements

Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course:

  • you must take and pass the Professional skills tests as required by the NCTL - if you have not already passed these tests this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion (in practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview)
  • you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country

Prior to the interview for this course, London Met strongly recommends:

  • you have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience in a school
  • you are prepared for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
  • you have an awareness of multiculturalism and other contexts unique to urban schools
  • you're aware you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, so please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience

Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. EU nationals may be considered for admission, as well as overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

As this is an employment-based route to QTS, you’ll be employed in a school setting and attend the University for a limited number of training days across the training year. There are no specific modules.

Your university-based work will involve a variety of learning activities, lectures and workshops to provide formal opportunities to extend your subject knowledge and explore the principles of effective teaching.

There will also be opportunities for you to reflect on and discuss your experiences in school, learn from other trainees and critically examine education policy and practices as well as national and local data.

"I personally believe that London Met is an excellent QTS provider and the modern languages course prepares students very well for a teaching career in this subject. What I appreciated the most was the tutors and the relationships they were able to build with the students. The tutors at London Met teach that in order to be a good teacher, you have to encourage pupils—something they do it with their own student teachers as well. Excellent!"
Former graduate of the QTS course

Graduates of our salaried QTS School Direct secondary school courses have gone on to continue their careers as secondary school teachers in schools such as King’s Lynn Academy.

Our QTS courses are delivered by a small, dynamic team of lecturers who combine their subject knowledge in areas such as English, mathematics, modern foreign languages and science with recent and relevant school experience and a clear understanding of excellent classroom practice. This team is fully committed to supporting trainees in their goal to become a qualified teacher that is uniquely trained to meet the challenges in modern London schools.

This is a School Direct course.

London Met has School Direct partnerships with nearly 100 schools. This large body of schools has joined with us to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

If you are currently working in a school that would support you undertaking the salaried route to Qualified Teacher Status, it may be possible to bring it into one of our School Direct partnerships. You should contact the University in the first instance. We will advise if places are available or put your school in contact with the partnerships team within the University.

All applications must be made through UCAS teacher training (UTT). Use UTT's course search tool to find teacher training routes offered by London Met or our lead partner schools. Applications will continue to be considered while there are places still available. If you are offered a place it might be that you are asked to resubmit your application with a different provider of London Metropolitan University Teacher Training. This allows us to maximise the chance to offer you a place within our core and lead school portfolio, regardless of which route you applied through.

You can apply with London Met using the following provider codes in the search fields:

  • for QTS Only School Direct (Salaried) Secondary Modern Languages (Cardinal Pole), enter: 21B

When to apply

The UCAS application schedule provides guidance on when to apply.

Places are limited by the NCTL and offered on a first come first served-basis. We also operate waiting lists on these courses.

To find out more, see our information on the process of applying for teacher training courses.

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