Taught course

Secondary Modern Languages

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should hold a degree or joint degree in a language relevant to the course at 2.2 or above or be a graduate with first language speaker competence and a strong interest in language and pedagogy. The main languages covered are French, German and Spanish. We strongly recommend that all applicants have knowledge of a second teaching language and this is usually a requirement for applicants offering German or Spanish. We may be able to consider your application if your first teaching language is not French, German or Spanish, but places are extremely limited and are dependent on the availability of school placements. In addition, you need GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Applicants with little or no French may be advised to take a six-month, French Extension course. Applicants with French but no second teaching language can apply for a place on a German Extension Course, if offered a place. You should have a desire to encourage interactive learning, engage students, and improve standards in the subject. You should be interested in working in urban schools with a commitment to diversity and inclusion and should visit a secondary school beforehand to observe languages lessons.

Months of entry


Course content

This intensive PGCE is designed to prepare you for teaching French, Spanish and German to 11-16 year olds and to post-16 year olds and to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - studying in London means you experience a variety of teaching settings and learn amongst a diverse range of students. 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. Students have access to the University’s Open Language Programme to help them develop subject knowledge.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202