Taught course

Secondary Modern Foreign Languages

Birmingham City University · Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

UK students

You will need to have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent at least 50 per cent of which is in a modern foreign language or a modern foreign language-related subject.
You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to enrolment and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.
If you do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, you should visit Equivalency Testing.
It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to enrolment.
For entry onto a teaching course from September 2014 you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information.
Pre-Interview School Experience
For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting.
In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.
It will support your application to undertake this teaching episode prior to enrolment and in advance of your interview.
Selection Interview
The selection interview will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.
You will also take a written test to assess your standard of English.
Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Secondary MFL supports trainees who would like to teach French or Spanish (German also supported where applicants have an A Level in French or Spanish and could therefore offer these as a second language).

This course, which is based at our School of Education, on our City South Campus, Harborne, just outside of Birmingham City Centre, will allow you to work with experienced professionals in secondary education to gain a nationally-recognised qualification. PGCE Secondary MFL is available through both our core and School Direct routes.

The programme is one year full time, incorporating at least 120 days on placement which is in line with National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) (PSRB) requirements. At least two school placements will be offered in order to provide the widest possible experience of appropriate professional practice.

Year plans provide streamlined provision across the partnership such that trainee teachers can work in line with the school year, whether in the context of our core provision or through School Direct or SCITT provision. Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of the trainees’ School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) that demonstrates their progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards) which all teachers must meet throughout their career.

A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ supports trainees in their growing ability to take responsibility for their own development. Subject mentors in school and university based Personal Development Tutors work together to provide trainees with frameworks that the trainee uses to build their skills and understandings in a way that reflects their own passions for their subject and its teaching.

Trainees continue to be supported in their first teaching post once they leave the University through our NQT support programme.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team