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PGCE General Primary with QTS - Modern Foreign Languages specialism

Course Description

If you're enthusiastic about languages and want to pass your knowledge to the next generation, then we're here to get you started on an exciting career as a languages teacher! Our highly-rated PGCE course will give you the knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher, developing independent learning techniques and self-motivation that will be valuable throughout your career.

This programme will give you 60 credits towards an MA in Education, furthering your study with incredible ease. Our highly-committed and effective tutors will support you in studying 2 modules at masters level, reflecting the very high standards achieved by students on this course. If you're passionate about helping children become fluent in other languages, then we're here to see you put that desire to the best use.

Course outline

You'll spend over half the course working with children, with 120 days on assessed placement and some school-based enrichment activities alongside your university-based study. With three placements in a variety of schools and settings, you will have a wealth of diverse classroom experience to take with you as you embark on your career as a primary teacher.

Graduate destinations

As this is a PGCE, it includes some work at masters level, leading to 40 credits that can count towards an MA in Education.

Other admission requirements

This pathway prepares you for potentially leading the development of MFL in a primary school. Through the course there is opportunity to engage in research as to how learning MFL impacts on children and how it supports learning in other subjects. You develop understanding of specific MFL pedagogy whilst developing your general primary teaching skills. The greater the range of experiences brought to the group, the greater the appreciation of the range of learning needs you will eventually encounter in school.

As a result, our admissions criteria are based upon your commitment to becoming a good teacher, not on your ability to speak a particular foreign language with mastery and superb accent.

-Normally a first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours.
-Three GCSEs at minimum grade C or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics). All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016.
-Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy before the start of the course.
-A minimum 10 days experience in a mainstream UK Primary school covering Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (five days in each Key Stage) gained within the last two years.
-A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study.
-The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments.
-All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established university procedures.

Visit the PGCE General Primary with QTS - Modern Foreign Languages specialism page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

In order to apply for our MFL route, you do not need a degree in a language, but you will need some form of expertise in it. We welcome applications from individuals with a variety of experience, knowledge and understanding, but a passion for language learning and foreign language development. See course description for further admission details.

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