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Initial Teacher Training - Modern Foreign Languages: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

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Entry requirements

You will need:
  • usually a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Modern Languages-related discipline normally with significant content in French, Spanish, German or a combination. Applications are also welcome from graduates in other disciplines who are native or near-native speakers of French, Spanish or German. Those whose qualifications were not gained in the U.K. may be required to have their equivalence checked through NARIC.
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
  • to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
  • to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching
Additional information:
  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
  • Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview
  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event

Months of entry


Course content

This PGDE course prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative and creative teacher of Modern Languages, enabling you to deliver an engaging and inspirational second language education to pupils. You can look forward to practical workshops, seminars and lead lectures which explore the four communicative skills; the value of target language use; the incorporation of the cultural dimension; grammar, use of film, literature and music; study trips abroad; primary languages and much more. You will consider the influences on motivation in second language learning, and how to plan and teach lessons that promote maximum student engagement. Local schools make a collaborative contribution to this course and facilitate workshops with students.

During your training, you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for Modern Languages, emphasising the practical application of theoretical learning. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences allow you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will explore the signature pedagogies such as language learning strategies, developing intercultural understanding and inductive and deductive grammar learning. These sessions will help to deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Modern Languages in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will also develop a historical understanding of Modern Languages in the National Curriculum, enabling you to develop a wide repertoire of teaching and learning approaches.

This programme enables you to fulfil the aims of the National Curriculum in promoting “a liberation from insularity” and “an opening to other cultures”. You will develop teaching skills enabling your students to “express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing”. The development of such experiences and skills are not only invaluable for young people’s education as teenagers, but also for their future lives in an interconnected world.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDE
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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0151 231 5090