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Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time


If you're keen to further your study of the French language, while also qualifying as a teacher, this the perfect course for your aspirations. You'll increase your general employability in both France and the UK, while also making yourself an ideal candidate for any French language teaching positions.

On this course you'll have the option to study at the Université Lille 3, honing your French language knowledge and skill amongst French speakers, immersed in French culture. You'll learn about other modern foreign languages, as well as issues around teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and how school relates to society.

When you complete the course, you'll be issued with two separate qualifications, one conferred by each of the participating universities. The Master (DDL:FRU) is issued by the Université Lille 3, and the PGCE Modern Foreign Languages will be issued by us.

You'll be eligible for a significant bursary for training to become a teacher, of either £25,000 or £20,000, depending on degree classification.

For further information, contact: Tanya Riordan PFCE MFL Course Leader,

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Have the option to study at Université Lille 3, furthering your study of the French language in the field
  • Graduate with two qualifications, the Master (DDL:FRU) issued by the Université Lille 3 and the PGCE Modern Foreign Languages issued by the University of Portsmouth
  • Improve your teaching skills through a combination of practical activities and the study of theories and contemporary issues within further education
  • Join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating a peer network where teaching practice can be shared
  • Reflect on your own professional practice and design a curriculum in a specialist subject area
  • Gain work experience in a teaching placement
  • Benefit from our strong links with local schools and colleges, which will help you to find work when you graduate
  • Use our extensive library facilities, including books, DVDs, and 24/7 access to electronic resources such as ejournals and newspapers

Full-time students will attend lectures and seminars at the university, and spend time at a work placement each week.

Part-time students will attend one of our partner colleges once each week and secure your own teaching placement, where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and be supported by a subject mentor.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your further education and training skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in further and higher education. The course is also eligible for conversion to Qualified Teacher Status.

Career opportunities include:

  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth-form colleges
  • Private training providers
  • Public services
  • Voluntary organisations

The PGCE is a professional teaching qualification which is recognised by further education providers in the UK. PGCE graduates can also apply to the Society for Education & Training (SET) to gain QTLS.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Formal qualifications, experiential learning and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are also considered.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
  • In addition part time students are required to have secured their own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor. Full time students will be provided with a teaching placement by the university.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start) 

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250
  • International students – £14,300

All fees subject to annual increase.

Students at franchise colleges: Please contact Department of Student and Academic Administration on +44 (0)23 9284 5259.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You may need to contribute additional travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of the internship or placement, and can range from £50 - £1000.

What you'll study on this PGCE Masters Of French Language Double Diploma degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.


Core modules on this course include:

  • Curriculum design in a specialist area
  • Planning, assessing and evaluating teaching and learning programmes
  • Professional practice in the lifelong learning sector
  • Theories and principles for planning and enabling learning in a specialist subject

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • work-based learning
  • supervised teaching practice
  • lectures
  • group participation
  • guided reading

How you'll spend your time

Our PGCE courses last 36 weeks, between September and June. You'll spend a third of your time in University-based sessions, and you'll spend the rest of your time on the course working in at least 2 of our partner schools.

Most University-based teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

The assessments that you'll complete on this course are designed to ensure that you meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

In each term you'll be assessed through:

  • The development of your teaching skills
  • A formal assignment
  • An interview in which you'll demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge

Throughout the course, you'll also collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.


For further information, contact: Tanya Riordan PFCE MFL Course Leader,

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 

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