PGCE Modern Foreign Languages
Train to teach languages and join an exciting, rewarding and changing profession
Why take this course?
Modern Foreign Languages is a foundation subject of the secondary curriculum at Key Stage 3 and an entitlement at Key Stage 4. On this course, you will study and learn about issues related to modern foreign languages teaching as you develop an understanding of educational issues pertaining to teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and the school and society.
As a student on this course, you may be eligible to receieve a £27,500 Languages Teacher Training Scholarship.
Applications and Training Programme Code
Applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training. You can find out more information and apply online at http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training.
Training Programme code:
- French and German RX11
- German and French RX21
- French and Spanish RXD1
- Spanish and French RX41
- French and Italian RX31
- French and Mandarin TX31
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Undertake placements with our network of experience training schools
- Train in classroom management techniques as you study the theory underpinning them
- Develop your subject knowledge
What opportunities might it lead to?
The course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This means that successful completion of the PGCE will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and will provide for a career in secondary teaching. On recent figures, over 90% of our students each year gain employment with 60% of those getting jobs in our partnership schools.
This course may also be studied under the School Direct model. Read more: School Direct.
The PGCE at the University of Portsmouth provided a trusted route into a new career that would enable me to work closely with young people from a variety of backgrounds and allow me to have a positive influence on their lives.
David Price, PGCE (Geography) student 2012
- 1 year full time
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with a minimum of 50% content in an appropriate modern foreign language. Alternatively, native speakers require excellent communication skills in English. A second language to A level (or equivalent standard) in French, German or Spanish. Applicants offering only one foreign language are able to complete a short intensive Enhancement Course in French in order to achieve sufficient competence to teach a second language accurately and confidently at secondary level to at least Key Stage 3. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. All applicants must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course. Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250
This course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600
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- School of Education and Childhood Studies
- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.
Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:
- Subject Knowledge Enhancement
- ICT in the classroom
- Lesson Planning
- Classroom management
- Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning computer science
- Special Needs and Inclusion
- Teaching and assessment
Teaching and Assessment
The course lasts 36 weeks between September and June, with one third of the time spent in University-based sessions such as lectures, group participation and guided reading, and the remainder working in at least two of our partner schools.
You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.
The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.
How are you assessed?
The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.
In each term you will be assessed on:
- The development of your teaching skills
- A formal assignment
- An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge
Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.
Facilities & Features
The School of Education and Childhood Studies maintains strong relationships with a network of partner schools and colleges, which helps over 80% of our trainees obtain jobs in the area, and allows us to offer School Direct places.
Regular inspections by Ofsted and the Quality Assurance Authority have confirmed Portsmouth as an excellent provider of courses in education, a position supported by strong performance in newspaper league tables and the National Student Survey.
Support and Bursaries
If you join a full-time PGCE teacher training course you may be eligible for a training bursary from the government. English students can also apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant, and may also be eligible for a University of Portsmouth Bursary. Read more.
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Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Other costs to consider
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.
Careers & Opportunities
Career opportunities within teaching are now far wider and more diverse than ever before. After a few years of teaching, relatively recently qualified teachers are able to gain promotion (responsibility) points for leadership within their subject. Alternatively some teachers prefer to pursue a pastoral route and may gain promotion to Year Head or other pastoral roles. There are also opportunities to become a Subject Leader, which allows effective classroom teachers to gain recognition for their excellence in the classroom without needing to move to more administrative positions. After some experience of middle management successful teachers may progress to senior management as Senior Teacher, Deputy Head or Head.
At the end of the training period, more than 90% of the trainees went into full-time employment in schools within the Portsmouth University Partnership.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
Postgraduate Information Days
Our Postgraduate Information Days give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with course leaders. You can also go to a range of academic and support-based talks to get the information you need to consider when studying at postgraduate level with us.
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Fees and Funding
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