Taught course

PGCE Secondary Education: Modern Foreign Languages

University of Wolverhampton · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You should have a 2.2 degree or higher, with at least 50% of the degree content related to your foreign language (one of French, German or Spanish You will have confident command of at least one of French, German or Spanish, normally acquired through a sustained period of study or work abroad. A training bursary of £20,000 wil be available for trainees with a first class honours degree and a £15,000 bursary for those with a 2:1 and a £12,000 bursary for those with a 2:2. There is no bursary for anyone with a degree lower than a 2:2. Native speakers of French, German or Spanish must have a related degree (e.g. in their native language, English, or another foreign language) and a very high level of written and spoken competence in English. Applicants who have a joint degree in laguages and business e.g. French and Marketing, German and business or Spanish and tourism management, and who can demonstrate the above levels of linguistic competence in at least one foreign language are also welcome to apply. Many of our trainees have a second language at a similar or lower level to their first foreign language. Whilst this is advantageous it is not essential. As with all secondary teacher training courses, you must have GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics and must have a good level of personal ICT skills.

We accept the following UK qualifications as meeting the English GCSE requirements: University of London Examinations and Assessment Council: Certificate of attainment in English at level 4 or above RSA: Stage III (advanced) in English University of Cambridge English for speakers of other languages Business English certificate (higher) Certificate of English language skills (higher) International English language testing system (IELTS) (band score 6 or above) If you do not have one of these qualifications you must pass the university entrance test in English. Arrangements for taking this test can be made after your application is received. Ideally you should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school, in sixth form context in England either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/observation OR be in the process of trying to gain this.

Interview and Selection

Once your application has been received by subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview, which will comprise: a short teaching presentation in your first foreign language two brief written tests (in your chosen foreign language and in English) through which to explore your views on teaching an individual oral interview with a tutor The main purpose of the interview is to: give you an insight into the nature of the course and the teaching profession and to assess your level of commitment explore your subject strengths and areas for development assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English arrange a partnership school visit as necessary answer all of your questions

Months of entry


Course content

  • If you have a passion for modern languages and want to become a teacher of French, German or Spanish our course in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) will prepare you to plan and deliver motivating lessons to pupils 11-16 and will provide opportunities to begin to develop your teaching of sixth-form pupils.
  • As a trainee teacher, you will be introduced to the theory and practice of modern language teaching that will enable you to examine a variety of approaches that underpin effective teaching, learning and assessment. Our aim is to develop competent, reflective and professionally aware teachers, who can respond positively to the individual learning needs of young people in school.
  • Alongside the development of your own subject knowledge, you will develop an awareness of how children learn a language and how, as a teacher, you can help pupils to develop their language skills.
  • The course will enable you to select, produce and use a wide range of language teaching resources in a variety of media including ICT.
  • It will prepare you to deliver the National Curriculum Programme of Study and to teach effectively and creatively. Typical modules may include
    • Study of the principles of effective teaching and learning in MFL
    • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
    • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
    • Study of the impact of a range of assessment strategies on pupils’ learning and progression
    • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
    • Classroom-based enquiry into a specific aspect of teaching and learning MFL

Information for international students

Visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Institute of Education
0800 953 3222