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PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages

Course Description

This course develops your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and skills in teaching modern languages. You achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) equipping you to teach National Curriculum modern languages at Key Stages 3, 4 and post-16. The current shortage of modern-language teachers makes this a great choice of subject to teach at secondary-school level and beyond. Modern languages are a priority subject, so having the skills to enthuse and motivate others in French, German or Spanish will make it easier for you to find a job when you graduate. You may also be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000.

During the course you:
-Deepen your subject knowledge and skills.
-Learn to use relevant literature, research and educational theories relating to teaching modern languages and the wider curriculum.
-Become a successful teacher of pupils at all levels of ability.
-Develop a wide range of interactive, engaging and tailorable teaching strategies.
-Develop your classroom management and behaviour management skills.
-Use a variety of techniques for monitoring pupils' progress.
-Learn about the wider role of teachers in school.
-Learn about the way schools and the education system function.
-Apply your skills and knowledge in a school context.
-Develop your evaluation and critical reflection skills.
-Meet the teacher's standards for personal development.

Specialist speakers are invited in throughout the year to enhance the learning experience.

Our modern language teacher-training students train to teach in one or more of the three main languages of French, Spanish and German. However, placements and employment prospects are greatly enhanced for those with more than one language to offer, so if you are a single linguist then we may make your place conditional on completing a National College for Teaching and Leadership funded French, Spanish or German extension course in the summer before the course starts.

With our PGCE you complete two contrasting placements in 11–16 or 11–18 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression from Key Stages 3 to post-16. In total you spend around 120 days on placement. While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor. We have placement links with over 600 schools and other institutions, and a third of our students end up being offered teaching jobs where they did a placement.

During the course, you’ll be able to choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications will earn you QTS status, but the PGCE also gives you 60 credits towards a masters degree.

School Direct

Through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.
For more information visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect

Course structure

Full time – 1 year. Starts September.

-Developing and reflecting on subject knowledge and subject pedagogy
-Developing and reflecting on professional practice
-Programme of preparation and mentoring in preparation for your placements
-Two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice, totalling around 120 days in placement schools (may require travel)

Assessment: research projects, individual and group work, presentations and reports, preparing teaching materials and plans, teaching practice.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page: http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/english-language-entry.html

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in modern foreign languages-related or other educational activities.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/209

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. You must also successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, to help ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.

*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Visit the PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We consider each application on its merits and interviews are part of the selection process for this course. All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs. You also need an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent, that includes substantial study in at least one modern foreign language. Or you need to be a native speaker of French, Spanish or German with any degree plus evidence of recent language study. See course description for further admission details.

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