Accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), this PGCE in Secondary Modern Languages trains you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds. You’ll learn the principles of effective modern languages teaching alongside hands-on practical experience in a school setting. If you need help with your French, then you can attend our intensive French Subject Knowledge Enhancement course that will help equip you with the skills needed to teach this language in schools. London is also an ideal location if you want to learn how to teach in an urban environment. Attendees of our PGCE Secondary courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to gain employment, often with their placement schools.
More about this course
This NCTL-accredited PGCE Secondary Modern Languages course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and will help you develop the skills to teach 11 to 16-year-olds. It also gives you the chance to work in A-level settings.
The languages you’ll focus on are French, Spanish and German. You'll develop pupils’ skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing in the language they choose to learn.
If you only speak German or Spanish, you can attend our 12-week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) in French, which will enable you to teach French up to Key Stage 3. The SKE is fully funded and bursaries are available to eligible applicants.
At the University, you’ll study teaching methodology, pupil assessment and the ways children learn. Your sessions will include collaborative and school-based projects with other trainees. Through two school placements, you’ll learn how to help these 11 to 16-year-olds develop their foreign language skills.
Sharing feedback with other trainees undertaking school placements is encouraged, and these weekly reflections and contributions to online discussions will develop your understanding of the secondary teacher role. Our commitment to high standards has rewarded us with positive reviews from Ofsted:
"Trainees and newly qualified teachers are enthusiastic about their subject and [they] plan and teach lessons that are well structured. They make good use of subject-specific vocabulary in their planning and teaching."
Your assessment will consist of four elements:
-School placement A
-School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
-A Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
-The Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue
There are no examinations.
This is a year-long course.
Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
-The theoretical underpinning of the practice that students take into the classroom
-Access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well-structured lessons in the secondary curriculum
-Sessions on Modern Languages
-Training to assess pupils’ progress in each of these curriculum areas
Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:
-Support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
-Discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
-Understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
-Introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
-Teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas
-120 days in a London placement learning to teach with a mentor in secondary schools
In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to help you develop a purposeful educational enquiry, prepare effective teaching resources and ensure your subject knowledge is up-to-date.
What our students say
“London Met was very proactive in providing support and guidance for my new teaching post. The team educated me on everything necessary to prepare me for my forthcoming role; they are highly skilled professionals who were able to support me through my interview process as well as answer any queries regarding the teaching industry. With regards to course content, I felt everything covered during lectures and the professional studies sessions was relevant to my development and future prospects as a teacher.”
Jatinder Chohan, London Met trainee and Year 5 teacher at Rosedale Hewens Academy, Harlington.
“I really enjoyed my course at London Metropolitan University. There was a lot to learn, but the support and guidance from my tutor and mentors was excellent throughout and by the end of the course I really felt prepared to take on my first mainstream teaching assignment. The tutors and lecturers helped me set the right goals for my development as a teacher as well as giving me the tools to succeed. I had two great school placements arranged by the University and I feel these were key to building my confidence. I was really happy to be offered a job by one of these schools – my PGCE year couldn’t have ended better.”
Maira Rodrigues, London Met trainee and Year 4 teacher at Lloyd Williamson Primary School, Kensington.
After the course
This intensive PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach modern languages to 11 to 16-year-olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure secondary teacher roles at schools including Ark Academy, Ralph Allen School, Bushey Academy and more.
Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.
PGCE School Direct
The School Direct school placements work around the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we can only offer places in Early Years / Primary and in Secondary teaching Maths, Modern Languages and Science with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
You will attend the training workshops at the university with other regular PGCE students and carry out placements of 120 days in a school or consortium of schools with a School Direct allocation. This time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.
London Met has School Direct partnership with nearly 100 schools. This large body of schools have joined with us to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.
Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University and the school placement divided between two partner schools.
Moving to one campus
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.