Taught course

School Direct (Tuition Fee): Modern Foreign 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. 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 School Direct Tuition Fee route is a new path into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places. Trainees pay a course fee on this route and will join other student teachers on one of the established PGCE courses at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience in the host school or cluster.

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 programme is delivered mainly via training in the classroom, with some additional sessions at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). It is assessed in two ways: on a student's practical teaching and their progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status; on assignments, portfolio tasks and, for some subjects, practical projects.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214