Ideally we expect candidates to:
- hold a degree in the language they wish to teach (French). We prefer at least half of the candidate’s degree to be in that language, unless they are a native speaker in which case we accept alternative degree subjects.
- be able to offer a second foreign language (at a lower level than their main language is acceptable) as being able to offer two mainstream languages greatly increases employability.
- have spent a substantial period of time in a country where their main foreign language (French) is spoken and be familiar with the English educational system.
Months of entry
At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits at Master’s level (out of 180), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice.
Our PGDipEd (QTS) in Modern Languages (main subject: French) is held in very high esteem by all those who work with us: the partnership schools, the ML teachers, Ofsted and our students who year after year say that they find the challenge exciting and our support outstanding. We aim to help you develop into a well informed, critical teacher so that your own teaching personality can blossom. Our success and employment rates are considerably higher than the national average for Modern Languages teacher training courses in England. If you are serious about a career in Modern Language teaching then the University of Birmingham is the place to train.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr Adam Cooke
- +44 (0)121 414 4865