Taught course

PGCE Secondary - French

Institution
Durham University · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

  • The equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of Modern Foreign Languages or a similar subject. Alternatively, applicants who have achieved a lower second class honours degree will be considered in conjunction with having resided in a country where the national language corresponds with the language you wish to teach
  • Significant and relevant subject knowledge and recent experience of the Modern Foreign Languages teaching environment
  • A demonstrable an interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application

Months of entry

September

Course content

The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.

Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.

The Modern Foreign Languages programme will introduce you to the teaching of languages in secondary schools for young people aged 11-16. The programme lays emphasis on language as a form of communication and on the value of language learning as a way of understanding other cultures and backgrounds.

Language teachers can look forward to exciting times as Britain becomes more integrated in the life of continental Europe. The value and benefits of language learning are quickly becoming evident to young people, their parents and society as a whole. The associated challenges are exciting and the reward of seeing young people become multilingual and more aware of other cultures is great.

Our popular Modern Foreign Languages programme aims to:

  • Empower you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become an effective and innovative teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
  • Extend your awareness of the range and scope of Modern Foreign Languages as a subject in schools today
  • Provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches for teaching

During the practical seminars we will introduce you to how people learn languages and, correspondingly, how best to teach them in schools. You will also study the outcomes of research, theory and the application of these in the classroom and beyond

Throughout the programme, there will be three main opportunities for you to gain practical ‘hands on’ experience of the school environment: a fortnight in a primary school and two separate periods in our partnership secondary schools. In the first placement you will discover what life is like for children before they reach secondary school age; you will observe and consider different ways of organising learning, which you can then apply to the older children you will meet. You will also begin to consider education from a professional point of view. In the secondary school placements you will explore how to teach a language in a way consistent with the aims and processes of foreign language learning.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Education
Email
ed.ite@durham.ac.uk