Taught course

Secondary Education Modern Foreign Languages (French)

University of Greenwich · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A 2.2 or above in an honours degree in a relevant subject PLUS GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above, or a recognised equivalent. In addition candidates: • Must attend an interview • Must pass pre-entry skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme. For more information see: www.education.gov.uk/getintoteaching • Will undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening. •It is recommended that applicants spend some time observing in a secondary school before interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Modern Languages (French) is unique in being an initial teacher training programme that is led and mainly taught by a group of schools in South London as part of the broader University of Greenwich secondary PGCE provision. It seeks to develop skilled and committed teachers who can teach French and promote a love of languages in the secondary school context. It attracts a diverse range of linguists including UK nationals with language degrees and graduates in relevant disciplines who are native speakers.

The programme comprises two elements: subject and professional training (60 days) and school-based experience (120 days). A distinctive feature of this particular PGCE programme is that the majority of the subject training is taught by practising teachers in schools. Therefore, by comparison with most university-led PGCE programmes, a greater proportion of time is spent in schools.

Both the postgraduate and professional certificate enable students to gain an academic qualification (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Assessment for the PGCE is through a series of written assignments and recommendation for QTS is assessed by observation of teaching in relation to the Teachers’ Standards. The postgraduate certificate offers an opportunity for Masters level credits to be gained through submission of appropriate assignments.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding for teaching secondary school children
  • To develop students knowledge of the National Curriculum
  • To widen individual skills, expertise and knowledge of a specialist subject
  • To develop a wider understanding of English education
  • To establish a broad understanding of different influences and philosophies underpinning education.


  • Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 and 2 (60 credits)
  • Professional Studies and School-based Research (45 credits)
  • School Experience (30 credits)
  • Professional E-Portfolio (30 credits)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000