Master Modern Foreign Languages: French and German - PGCE

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • Not specified
  • English
University of Portsmouth
Modern Foreign Languages is a foundation subject of the secondary curriculum at Key Stage 3 and an entitlement at Key Stage 4. On this course, you will study and learn about issues related to modern foreign languages teaching as you develop an understanding of educational issues pertaining to teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and the school and society

Description of Modern Foreign Languages: French and German - PGCE


On this course you can:

  • Undertake placements with our network of experience training schools
  • Train in classroom management techniques as you study the theory underpinning them
  • Develop your subject knowledge

Successful completion of the PGCE in modern foreign languages will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and will provide for a career in secondary teaching. On recent figures, over 90% of our students each year gain employment with 60% of those getting jobs in our partnership schools.

Applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training.

Training Programme code:

  • French and German RX11

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.

Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:

  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement
  • ICT in the classroom
  • Lesson Planning
  • Classroom management
  • Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning computer science
  • Special Needs and Inclusion
  • Assessment
  • Teaching and assessment

Teaching and Assessment

The course lasts 36 weeks between September and June, with one third of the time spent in University-based sessions such as lectures, group participation and guided reading, and the remainder working in at least two of our partner schools.

You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.

The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.

How are you assessed?

The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

In each term you will be assessed on:

  • The development of your teaching skills
  • A formal assignment
  • An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge

Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Modern Foreign Languages: French and German - PGCE

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with a minimum of 50% content in an appropriate modern foreign language. Alternatively, native speakers require excellent communication skills in English. A second language to A level (or equivalent standard) in French, German or Spanish. Applicants offering only one foreign language are able to complete a short intensive Enhancement Course in French in order to achieve sufficient competence to teach a second language accurately and confidently at secondary level to at least Key Stage 3. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. All applicants must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent with no component less than 6.0.

Work Experience for Modern Foreign Languages: French and German - PGCE

No work experience is required.

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Qualified Teacher status (QTS) on recommendation to the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

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