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You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the national curriculum for modern foreign languages (French). For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics. However, you may be able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer Manchester Met GCSE equivalency tests. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: adult numeracy and literacy, functional skills or key skills.
Experience in educational settings
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning.
You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course
We usually offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements and will have the ability to teach the full range of topics with confidence.
- A high standard of oral proficiency, grammatical accuracy and a sound knowledge of the countries are looked for at interview.
- Your second language should ideally be at least at or near A-level. A lower level may be acceptable, so long as you work at raising your competence before entry and during the course; please enquire. If you do not have a second language to offer you may still be considered.
- An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
- An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenge of teaching in a secondary school.
- An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers.
- Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to equal opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment.
- Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges.
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.
You will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved
Months of entry
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach across the secondary school French curriculum for the 11-16 age range.
At Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE French group. We'll teach you in your target language to provide an opportunity for you to practise and develop your language.
You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
You won’t only learn teaching methods with us on campus though, you’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner.
On your placements, you’ll normally have the opportunity to teach your main language and your second language (subject to your level in your second language, and in full discussion with yourself). We also welcome speakers of heritage / other languages, and we do our utmost to enable speakers of additional languages to have an opportunity to teach these on placement too. Past students have contributed to Urdu, Italian, Japanese and Somali teaching – and we are very keen to keep extending the range of languages.
This PGCE is available via University-led and School Direct routes
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
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