Mode of Study

Part-time, Full-time


If you're keen to further your study of teaching French as a foreign language, while also qualifying as a teacher, this is the perfect course for your aspirations. When you complete it successfully, you'll gain a Master's degree at the same time as your teaching qualification.

You'll study at one of our partner universities in France (Lille, Paris Nanterre or Caen). You'll hone your French language knowledge and skill amongst French speakers, and immerse yourself in French culture.

You'll learn about teaching French and other languages as a foreign language, 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 2 qualifications – the Master (French as a Foreign Language) is issued by the French University and the PGCE Modern Foreign Languages is issued by us.

You'll be eligible for a significant scholarship or bursary of £28,000 or £26,000 (depending on the classification of your undergraduate degree) to train to become a teacher in England.

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

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Have the option to continue studying French at a French University, developing the theory of teaching French as a foreign language
  • Graduate with 2 qualifications, the Master (FLE) issued by the French University 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 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 teaching placements
  • 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

You'll attend lectures and seminars at each university, and train in 2 school placements, supported by school mentors.

Tuition fees (2020 start) 

Year 1 (French university)


Year 2 (Portsmouth)

  • 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.

How you'll spend your time

How you'll spend your time

The course in France lasts from September to June and you'll spend your time attending lectures, seminars and workshops.

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

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