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This course is available at the university and through School Direct.

Why study with us?

If your ambition is to teach modern foreign languages at secondary school, or even at university, then this is the course for you. We are rated as one of the top departments in the UK for PGCE Modern Foreign Languages. We have an international reputation for our successful, multi-sensory approach, our innovative methodology in developing pupil language and our teaching of grammar.

You will be placed in two different schools during the training year. Your first placement will normally be with another MFL trainee so you can observe each other, work together and share ideas. In addition to this, you will …

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This course is available at the university and through School Direct.

Why study with us?

If your ambition is to teach modern foreign languages at secondary school, or even at university, then this is the course for you. We are rated as one of the top departments in the UK for PGCE Modern Foreign Languages. We have an international reputation for our successful, multi-sensory approach, our innovative methodology in developing pupil language and our teaching of grammar.

You will be placed in two different schools during the training year. Your first placement will normally be with another MFL trainee so you can observe each other, work together and share ideas. In addition to this, you will be able to observe excellent practitioners teach in at least one other school.

You experience for yourself the approach that we train you to use in the classroom; you learn about the latest insights into neuroscience and multi-sensory learning; you discover how pupils learn, what motivates them and how to give them the tools to say what they really want to say; and how to do all this in the target language. We try to challenge you, make you think and give your learning a purpose - and we try to practise what we preach!

In addition to teacher training in the UK, you can also opt to spend a year studying for a European Masters degree at a university in France or Spain, giving you two prestigious qualifications in two years and the exciting experience of studying abroad.

What can this course lead to?

This course can lead you to an exciting career as a French, Spanish, German or Italian teacher at secondary school. You will gain qualified teacher status, which will enable you to apply for jobs immediately after graduation.

The Master FLE and ELE qualifies you to teach in a range of international contexts, including university.

Entry requirements See course specific entry requirements listed below.

More about levels and credit

Credit and UCAS requirements Credit: 60 credits Selection criteria
  • For all options: A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in French, German or Spanish, or a combination of these. We also accept Italian, usually combined with French or German. A minimum 50% study in subject specialism is required. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2013.

    If you don’t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

  • You should generally have spent a year abroad. Where necessary, we make a period abroad or attendance at a TA-funded booster or extension course as a condition of offer. International students should have a degree (or equivalent) in English but we also consider applicants with degrees in other subjects who have a command of English at a high level or have studied a language to a high level.

  • For options two and three: If you are a French national, you must obtain a Licence Parcours FLE by the start of your course to allow you to study for the Masters. If you are a UK national, you must complete an Apprentissage Réflexif d’une Langue Inconnue (about two weeks’ work) before you start Option 2. If you are a graduate, you may be able to combine year one of study for the Masters with a year in France as an assistant.

  • GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2013.

  • Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 August 2013.

  • We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 2-3 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

  • A satisfactory academic (university) reference OR a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study.

  • All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced CRB clearance according to established university procedures.

More detailed information and advice is available on our how to apply page.

Costs

Click the links below to view information on your study type and residence status. If you are unsure of your status, please see the UKCISA website for more information.

University-based students

Home

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year has been set at £9,000.

As a full-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year if you're from England or £15,795 if you're from Scotland. You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Teaching Agency bursary

The Teaching Agency awards training bursaries based on subject and the classification of your first degree. For this course, you may be eligible for:

  • £20,000 if you have a first class degree
  • £15,000 if you have a 2.1
  • £12,000 if you have a 2.2

If you have exceptional subject knowledge from another career or postgraduate study (ie PhD or Masters), you may be eligible for a higher bursary than your degree classification would otherwise allow. Find out more about the TA discretionary bursary.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Access to Learning Fund
  • Utilities trust

EU

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year has been set at £9,000.

As a full-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year (or the equivalent in your country). For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

Teaching Agency bursary

The Teaching Agency awards training bursaries based on subject and the classification of your first degree. For this course, you may be eligible for:

  • £20,000 if you have a first class degree
  • £15,000 if you have a 2.1
  • £12,000 if you have a 2.2

If you have exceptional subject knowledge from another career or postgraduate study (ie PhD or Masters), you may be eligible for a higher bursary than your degree classification would otherwise allow. Find out more about the TA discretionary bursary.


International

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year is £10,800.

Fees are billed annually and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. 75 percent of the annual tuition fees must be paid before or at registration. For students requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, a deposit of £3,500 is expected as a minimum before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued. For more information, visit our international student finance page.

Early payment discount

If you are paying your own fees, you may be eligible for an early payment discount of £1,000. This discount is awarded to students who pay in full before registration.

Additional financial support

Our money doctors will be on hand throughout the year to help you manage your money while you’re in the UK. However, if you do happen to run into financial difficulty during your time here, you may be able to access a small emergency support fund.

School Direct students

Salaried

If you have a salaried school direct place, you won't have to pay a penny; your host school will cover your tuition fees in full. You will not be eligible for any additional funding.

School direct salaries are set by the school and should be in line with unqualified teacher pay scales.


Non-salaried

The tuition fee for the 2013/14 academic year has been set at £9,000.

As a full-time student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year if you're from England or £15,795 if you're from Scotland. You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354) if you're a UK student. For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.


Teaching Agency bursary

The Teaching Agency awards training bursaries based on subject and the classification of your first degree. For this course, you may be eligible for:

  • £20,000 if you have a first class degree
  • £15,000 if you have a 2.1
  • £12,000 if you have a 2.2

You may receive a 25 percent premium on your bursary if your training is based in a school where more than 35 percent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

For more information, visit our finance page.

Discretionary bursary

If you have exceptional subject knowledge from another career or postgraduate study (ie PhD or Masters), you may be eligible for a higher bursary than your degree classification would otherwise allow. Find out more about the TA discretionary bursary.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several support funds available to our current students, including:

  • Access to Learning Fund
  • Utilities trust

Apply now

University-based
Visit the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) to apply online.

School Direct
See the School Direct course list for application links.

Modules

PGCE

The structure and content of the course guide your progress as a trainee during the year and include the following elements:

  • Language learning and teaching methodology
  • The brain and multi-sensory learning
  • Long-term and short-term planning
  • Inclusion, differentiation and assessment
  • Managing pupil behaviour
  • ICT
  • The teaching of grammar

Master FLE/ELE

  • Methodology of Research in Education
  • Training the Reflective Practitioner
  • Analysis of Learner Audience and Learner Need

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Course summary

Modern Foreign Languages is a compulsory subject in the National Curriculum up to the age of 14 and focuses on learning and using the foreign language to communicate; developing the main skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), along with cultural awareness. This course will enable you to teach foreign languages to the 11-18 age group with Primary Languages and Post-16 input.

  • You will have the opportunity to experience methodology first-hand by observing classes live in school.
  • Classes are practical, focusing first and foremost on teaching you to learn by doing and applying this to your own classes.
  • You will have the opportunity to explore strategies for teaching a wide range of learners using a multi-sensory approach with purposeful, challenging and enjoyable activities.
  • You will benefit from outstanding support and mentoring – not only from your university tutors but also from the teachers in your placement schools.
  • You will learn about teaching children with special educational needs.

A distinctive feature of the course is the way each area is introduced in terms of Key Stage 3, then revisited and built on at Key Stage 4 and post-16, as well as at Key Stage 2. This ‘cyclical progression’ is mirrored in your experience in school with your tutor and mentor working closely together.

You will be placed in two schools, usually in pairs for teaching practice. In addition to this, you will be able to observe excellent practitioners teach in at least one other school. You are eased in gently to the teaching of full lessons.

Prior to taking over approximately two-thirds of a Newly Qualified Teacher’s (NQT) timetable, you will have observed and reflected on what makes good teaching and learning, both in college and at school. You will also have tried out various methods with other members of the student group and with pupils in school.

Pathways

There are currently three possible options available:

Option 1
PGCE - French, German, Spanish, Italian or a combination of these (Italian must be combined with another language)

This option takes one year to complete. You spend two-thirds of the course in our partnership schools. The rest of the course is based at university in London.

Option 2
Master FLE (European Masters Degree in French as a Foreign Language) and PGCE French. The Master FLE qualifies you to teach in a range of international contexts, including university.

This two-year course will leave you with two prestigious qualifications under your belt. The first year is based in France at one of the following universities:

  • Université de Provence Aix-Marseille I
  • Université du Maine
  • Université Lyon 2
  • Université Nancy II
  • Université Paris 8
  • Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
  • Université de Pau et des pays de l’Adour
  • Université de Strasbourg II

The second year is based in the UK (London) and consists of the PGCE plus a dissertation based on your teaching experience, reading and reflections during your PGCE course.

Option 3

Master ELE (European Masters Degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language) and PGCE Spanish. The Master ELE qualifies you to teach in a range of international contexts, including university.

Option 3 gives you two prestigious qualifications in two years. Normally, year one is based at the University of Barcelona in Spain and year two is in London and consists of the PGCE plus a dissertation based on your teaching experience, reading and reflections during your PGCE course. However, in certain cases, it may be possible to complete the PGCE first and then undertake the final year of the Master.

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