Taught course

Secondary Modern Languages

Institution
University of Bedfordshire · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check School-based experience You must possess a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in the subject for which you are applying to teach or a degree of which at least 50% is in that subject A levels in the subject and/or related subjects are desirable Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0 All applicants should have recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK school in the phase for which they are applying All entrants must have passed the professional skills tests prior to entry

Months of entry

September

Course content

About the course

Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of modern foreign languages, studying with a specialist to gain the knowledge and skills to use a variety of different approaches to teaching your specialist subject; and achieve Qualifed Teacher Status (QTS).

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

For the PGCE Modern Foreign Languages course, we accept applications from graduates who can offer a combination of the following languages: French, German, Italian and Spanish. French will be included in the combination as either your first or second language offered, even if you are a native speaker of other languages.

Any applicant with little experience of French can be supported in developing this language in preparation for entry on the course.

For further assistance, questions and how to apply, please contact the Course Coordinator: ana.redondo@beds.ac.uk

Key features

    • Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an imaginative and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
    • Explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary modern languages, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and managing the language classroom; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
    • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
    • Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
    • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.
    • The University's Bedford campus is home to one of the largest education providers in the UK. We have well-established links with more than 500 schools across the Eastern Region which means that we are constantly at the forefront of educational developments. The quality of our provision is based on a long and established history of teacher education.
  • The University's Bedford campus is home to one of the largest education providers in the UK. We have well-established links with more than 500 schools across the Eastern Region which means that we are constantly at the forefront of educational developments. The quality of our provision is based on a long and established history of teacher education.

    Teaching modern foreign languages in secondary schools can be a very rewarding endeavour; on the one hand it provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for linguists to put their enthusiasm in, and knowledge of their subject(s) to good use and at the same time provide invaluable educational opportunities for young people to enable them to broaden their horizons to other people and cultures and communicate with them.

    The Secondary PGCE in Modern Languages aims to develop the necessary skills to teach modern languages effectively and make learning experiences for young people enjoyable and varied.

    It also seeks to foster a professional attitude amongst trainee teachers as well as a critical awareness of key issues of policy and practice underpinned by relevant evidence

Career opportunities

Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destinations surveys show that 90% of graduate teachers will have secured full-time teaching posts to begin in the year of graduation, with a further 9% working in part-time teaching positions.

The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development.

On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda and to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings.

Areas of study may include:

    • The Professional Teacher
    • The Reflective Teacher*
    • The Research Informed Teacher*
    • The Subject Specialist (Secondary Modern Languages)
  • *denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
admission@beds.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1234 793279