Taught course

Modern Languages (German with French or Spanish)

University of York · Department of Education

Entry requirements

Undergraduate level:

  • 2:2 or equivalent in German. We also accept combined honours degrees where German makes up at least 50% of the award.
  • If you would like to specialise in two languages but have only previously studied German, you may still be considered on the condition that you complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
  • If your undergraduate degree is not in German or a related subject, we may still may be able to offer you a place if you also have a postgraduate degree in German or Grade B in A level German.
  • If your undergraduate degree is not at least 50% German, we may require you to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to starting your PGCE.
  • If you are a native speaker of German, you may be considered for the course even if your degree is not in a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This course qualifies you to teach modern languages at 11-16 (with post-16 enhancement).

For many children, school is the first opportunity to learn a foreign language. As a language teacher you will not only help them to communicate, but deepen their understanding of other cultures and promote international tolerance and understanding.

Tailoring your course

We want to make sure that you have all the options you need to become the teacher you want to be. That's why we give you a range of opportunities to make your course your own.

Language specialisation

All of our courses include studying two languages. On this course, German will be your first language with either French or Spanish as your second.

You'll attend sessions to develop your own language skills, with a particular focus on your second language.

Choosing your path

You can choose to study this course as a University of York PGCE trainee or through our School Direct partnerships. The following routes are open to you:

School Direct trainees work with University of York PGCE trainees at the University for Curriculum Area sessions. Whole School Issues sessions are usually delivered in your partner schools.

Each route has a different course code and institution code. See our information on applying for details.


On successfully completing this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is awarded by the Department for Education (DfE).

Information for international students

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component.

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PGCE Admissions Team
+44(0)1904 323576