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PGCE Secondary Modern Languages

Course Description

Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of modern foreign languages, studying with a specialist to gain the knowledge and skills to use a variety of different approaches to teaching your specialist subject; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training

For the PGCE Modern Foreign Languages course, we accept applications from graduates who can offer a combination of the following languages: French, German, Italian and Spanish. French will be included in the combination as either your first or second language offered, even if you are a native speaker of other languages.

Any applicant with little experience of French can be supported in developing this language in preparation for entry on the course.

Course detail

• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an imaginative and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
• Explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary modern languages, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and managing the language classroom; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
• Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
• Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
• Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.


• The Professional Teacher
• The Reflective Teacher*
• The Research Informed Teacher*
• The Subject Specialist (Secondary Modern Languages)

*denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level


Teaching modern foreign languages in secondary schools can be a very rewarding endeavour; on the one hand it provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for linguists to put their enthusiasm in, and knowledge of their subject(s) to good use and at the same time provide invaluable educational opportunities for young people to enable them to broaden their horizons to other people and cultures and communicate with them.

The Secondary PGCE in Modern Languages aims to develop the necessary skills to teach modern languages effectively and make learning experiences for young people enjoyable and varied.

It also seeks to foster a professional attitude amongst trainee teachers as well as a critical awareness of key issues of policy and practice underpinned by relevant evidence.


The Teachers’ Standards 2012 provide the framework by which your progress in your teaching is judged. These are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities, which define the level at which you meet the standards.

Your assignments and documentary evidence are managed through a webfolio, bringing together your experiences and activities into a coherent structure. It will help you engage in critical self-evaluation of your practice, enabling you to identify areas of strength and areas for future development.


Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destinations surveys show that 90% of graduate teachers will have secured full-time teaching posts to begin in the year of graduation, with a further 9% working in part-time teaching positions.

The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development.

On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda and to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the PGCE Secondary Modern Languages page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alistair Cowie

I chose the University of Bedfordshire because it allowed me to develop my languages alongside my teacher training. The University supported me fully throughout the whole of my course, as well as foster my desire to learn, teach and to be an individual. I wholeheartedly recommend both the course and the University.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Further requirements: View Website -- English language requirements: View Website

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