Taught course

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages

Institution
Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education
Qualifications
PGCE(QTS)

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. 2:2 or above is normally required, containing substantial study of your main language or equivalent. 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 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview. Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings. You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role. All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website for the latest updates. 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. You may be eligible for a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (subject to holding a PGCE offer). An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English. Excellent inter-personal 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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary school and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

MFL is a national shortage subject and government priority with training bursaries available and this course has an excellent reputation. There is a growing need for high calibre language teachers and as such our trainees are very employable. Where appropriate, sessions are conducted in the relevant target language. We welcome applications from native speakers.

We offer specialisms in French, German, Mandarin and Spanish. Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses as part of the PGCE. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support learning a second language and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.

Trainees take a course of supporting study, including English as an additional language (EAL) and special educational needs (SEN).

A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

These courses are available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Information for international students

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE(QTS)

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 247 6969