Taught course

Modern Languages (German with French or Spanish)

University of York · Department of Education

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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.

International qualifications

Additional requirements

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4 (C)
  • GCSE English grade 4 (C)

This is in addition to any other English language requirements you may need to fulfill.

Further information about government requirements for teacher training.

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).
Course content
Your study at the University and your practical experience in schools will work together to help you develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to be a successful teacher.
Throughout the course, you’ll develop and consolidate your understanding of what constitutes effective teaching.
You’ll spend two thirds of your learning time in school settings, with the rest of your time spent at the University receiving training. While on placement, you'll receive ongoing, regular support from your tutors when they visit you in school to observe you teach and help you reflect on your developing practice.
This course will build on your experiences in schools and provide opportunities to explore a variety of approaches to teaching Modern Foreign Languages. You will learn specific strategies including how to teach grammar and phonics, plan lessons, reflect on your own and observed teaching, and use ICT to enhance your practice. These will help you to develop into an effective and innovative MFL teacher.
This course is worth 60 Masters-level credits, which you can put towards a Masters degree through Accreditation of Prior Credited Learning (APCL).

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 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE Academic - 61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency - 176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components
  • TOEFL - 87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE III - Merit in all components
  • Duolingo - 110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
If you've not met our English language requirements
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Governmental bursaries and scholarships (gov.uk)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Mirjam Buehler