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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    £9250 for 2017 entry

Course content

Do you want to share your passion for foreign languages by teaching French or Spanish? If so, our PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is the course for you. We also support German if you have an A Level in French or Spanish (and could therefore offer these as a second language).

What's covered in the course?

By teaching languages you’ll introduce your pupils to other cultures they may not have experienced before as well as improving their language skills. In an increasingly global jobs market, people who have abilities in foreign languages are in demand, so your ability to inspire a love of language in pupils will also provide them with the skills they need have every opportunity to succeed in the future.

Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of your School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) which demonstrates your progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards), which all teachers must meet throughout their career. A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ will support your growing ability to take responsibility for your own development. 

Why choose us?

  • At least 120 days across a minimum of two placements, in line with the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) requirements, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University.
  • If you have a PhD, Master's or a minimum of a 2:2 in your undergraduate degree, in a relevant language, you may be eligible for a bursary from the (NCTL)For 2017 entry this bursary is £25,000. A higher level scholarship of £27,500 may be available from the British Council subject to ability and meeting application deadlines.
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 98 per cent of the School’s postgraduate students in employment or further study six months after completing their course (DLHE survey results 2014/15).
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • You'll gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.

Entry requirements

In addition to the above, for entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

Pre-Interview School Experience

For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.

As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of languages and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the Standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Standards is verified by mentors..

How do I apply?

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course code: 338H


Visit the PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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