Taught course

School Direct Secondary Modern Languages

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

For PGCE or PGCE School Direct the minimum entry requirements are as follows; UK degree grade 2.2 in the language you want to teach or equivalent If you do not have a degree in that language but hold an alternative degree at the required level, then you should be a native or near-native speaker. You should also ideally have spent a significant amount of time in a country where the foreign language you intend to teach is spoken. Your spoken and written fluency is important and you will need to demonstrate this at your interview. An ability to offer another language to teach would also be preferred. Applicants without the pre-requisite subject knowledge may be referred for the French Extension Course. GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent) GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent) QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy A Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (London Met health check) you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. Further details on these requirements: Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course you must take and pass the QTS skills tests as required by the NCTL. If you have not already passed this test this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion. In practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview. Prior to interview London Met strongly recommends that you have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school. In the interview your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools will be assessed. In particular as our placements are based in London you should have an awareness of multicultural and other arising issues when teaching in urban based schools. You may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience. Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required. A full GCSE is recommended but we can also accept equivalences (see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers). If these routes to confirm a GCSE are unavailable then an internal test in maths or English may be offered to applicants that have been offered a place. This is normally only available if your offer has been made very close to the course start date. The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, Naric and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the NCTL. Applicants with 3rd class degrees can apply. However, this qualification must be strongly supported by postgraduate study at Master's level and relevant work experience. Note that you will be in competition for a place with applicants that meet and exceed our minimum entry requirements. If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying. We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

Months of entry


Course content

By choosing to train as a teacher with London Met you will be joining a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work with the University to offer you an exciting and challenging course to launch your career. Previous students have told us that you will be exceptionally well supported by 'inspirational' (Ofsted 2011) tutors who act as 'critical friends'. Our trainees attain highly with 99% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course. Employment prospects are excellent with many students offered employment in their placement schools. London schools are the “international education success story of the past 10 years”’ (Husbands IOE). This course is offered by applying to London Met for PGCE or through PGCE School Direct at London Met with our partner lead schools.

PGCE Schools Direct

The School Direct model we are adopting is one which aligns the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we will only be able to offer places in Primary / Early Years, and in Secondary in Citizenship, English, Maths, MFL, PE and Science (with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics).

Student teachers will attend the training workshops at the university with regular PGCE students. The placements will be planned to take place within the school / consortium of schools with the School Direct allocation. Within the overall requirement of 120 days in school, this time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.

The consortium is part of the much larger family of nearly 100 School Direct at London Met schools. It represents a large body of schools that have joined together with London Metropolitan University to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University, and the school experience divided between two partner schools. A small number of primary schools have requested School Direct salaried trainees; they will host the trainee for the majority of the course, and release them to the university, for tuition.

The PGCE Secondary Modern Languages is a full-time course providing training for teaching in the 11-16 age range, with some training in post 16. The main languages covered are French, Spanish and German. The course aims to train teachers who are reflective practitioners, committed to improving their own practice and to their future professional development.

In University subject sessions you will develop your understanding of modern languages teaching methodology and how children learn; work on collaborative projects with other trainees and school-based projects; and learn about the principles of teaching and learning languages including the use of target language and assessment.

The course equips you with the skills needed to teach languages, facilitate extracurricular activities and contribute to the life of the whole school. There are two placements in different secondary schools, one in the autumn term and one in the spring/summer term.

This course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status whether you apply to London Met for PGCE or through the PGCE School Direct at London Met application process. Please see the How to Apply section for the UCAS provider details of our partner schools.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202