Taught course

Primary Modern Languages

University of Chichester · Institute for Education

Entry requirements

First Degree – 2:2 or above. A2 or above in a modern language at grade A – C and the ability to be sufficiently proficient in French or Spanish to carry out training requirements and teaching within a primary placement. (Evidence of proficiency will be sought at interview). GCSE/‘O’ Levels – including English, Maths and Science (A – C). Recent classroom experience in a UK state primary school (a minimum of two weeks’ experience in the last two years). All successful applicants will have to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and complete a satisfactory Occupational Helath questionnaire before commencement of the course. Passes in the Professional Skills Test for Literacy and Numeracy. As well as the general PGCE admissions criteria, students on the Modern Language route will usually also need to have an A2 or above in French or Spanish at grade A -C (or the equivalent) and the ability to be sufficiently proficient in that language to carry out training requirements and teaching within a primary placement. If you do not meet these entry requirements but are keen to follow the MFL specialism, please contact the module tutor Elaine Minett on e.minett@chi.ac.uk. Evidence of proficiency will be sought at interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Primary Programme is a one year postgraduate course that prepares students to teach in primary schools. The Modern Languages route is a development of the successful PGCE Primary Education course which prepares students who wish to become a subject specialist, but who will also be able to work as a classroom teacher with the 5-11 age range. The course is offered at Masters level and successful students will be awarded 60 Masters level credits as well as recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This route addresses the National Curriculum requirement for primary children in Key Stage 2 to learn a modern language from 2014 and will be ideal for those graduates who wish to teach primary age children while developing their skills in language teaching.

The course is approximately 39 weeks long with 24 of these weeks spent in schools. This includes two long assessed placements and shorter 'enhanced placements' where you will focus on the teaching of reading and languages. The course is taught in partnership with local schools and students will be taught and supported by a team of experienced tutors from the University and teachers in partnership schools. The course has been designed with teachers and students working together to meet the demands that primary teachers face today.

You will also have two four-week blocks of intensive study at the university to develop your subject knowledge for primary teaching and prepare you to teach. While at the university, we allocate every PGCE student with an adviser who will meet you regularly to help you assess your progress, set challenging but achievable targets, and to support you. The academic assignment for the course is a portfolio of tasks and your adviser will provide help and feedback on your work throughout the course.

Indicative Course Content

  • Professional Studies
  • Core Curriculum Studies (English, Mathematics, Science)
  • Foundation Curriculum Studies (e.g. History, PE, ICT, MFL etc.)
  • Specialist Module: Teaching and Learning in Modern Languages.

School Experience

For MFL students, there is the option of spending four weeks of the overall school experience spent in a placement abroad teaching in their chosen language.

We currently offer placements for speakers of French (teaching in French-speaking Belgium) and Spanish (teaching in Tenerife).

A typical pattern of school experience would be:

  • Autumn term - Eight weeks paired school experience (school A)
  • Spring term - Four weeks school experience abroad plus a two week enhanced placement focusing on the teaching of English
  • Summer term - Ten week school experience (school B)
  • Students will teach their foreign language for a minimum of one hour per week in school B.


To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete portfolio assignments at Level M (Postgraduate) and all blocks of School Experience.


Duration of the course is one year full time.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Elaine Minett