Taught course

PGCE Languages

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject is required. Preference will be given to those with a first or second class degree, but you may be considered with a lower classification if you also have a Master's or doctoral degree. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of their creative practice at interview.Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to, and enjoyment of, working with children and young people. This may be through voluntary work with young people and, ideally, some experience in schools.All applicants to Secondary PGCE programmes must have GCSE English and Mathematics or equivalent and are also required to pass the QTS skills tests.Further information about the Enhanced Disclosure check, QTS skills tests and any related fees that you will need to pay will be provided in our offer letter, if your application to UCL is successful. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Teacher Training. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme explores languages teaching and learning by combining theory and practice in innovative, inspiring and effective ways. This helps students develop a critical awareness and strong classroom skills to enable them to become a principled professional and educational thinker.

The UCL Institute of Education's partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond enables each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher in their chosen subject specialism.

The Languages PGCE programme places a strong emphasis on cultural knowledge, use of literature in the languages classroom, pupils' use of target language and broader aspects of language learning. This includes issues related to bilingual learners and English as an additional language and other areas such as information and communications technology and digital, video and multimedia production.

UCL IOE have well-established partnerships with cultural and educational institutions across London, as well as European and Chinese universities and teacher training institutions.

The PGCE is informed by research, including that which is carried out by our tutors in a variety of areas, such as target language use, the teaching of literature and the storyline approach. The programme includes a number of innovative projects, such as the British Film Institute Film Project and the British Academy Literature Project, which supports the development of materials for classroom practice.

Full-time: 1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The Secondary PGCE full-time route is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the Institute of Education as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (the first year of teaching) and a student's continuing professional development.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214