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 (German). 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, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and we can also offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests in English and Mathematics. .
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.
Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy
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
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach across the German secondary school curriculum.
You’ll learn how to teach your main language, German, to A/AS level but you’ll also study a second language too, for example, Spanish, French or Mandarin. This gives you the opportunity to teach your second language up to Key Stage 3 or GCSE level (this depends on your linguistic ability and qualifications).
At Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE German group. 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’ll also have classes in the language you’ll teach, to help you learn teaching methods.
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 simply learn theory though – you’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools.
On your placements, you’ll normally have the opportunity to teach other languages you speak. Past students have taught their heritage languages, including Farsi, Japanese and Arabic.
We also work with schools who offer Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). This allows you to teach another subject in a foreign language, such as teaching science or maths in German.
This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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