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Secondary Education: Modern Foreign Languages PGCE/ ProfGCE

Subject to eligibility criteria, bursaries of £26,000 are available for graduates training to teach in this subject.

prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year, is offered to the best graduates in lieu of the bursary. Find further information on available funding.

This Masters level professional training programme introduces you to the requirements for teaching modern languages to the 11-16 age range and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. Where appropriate, opportunities to experience post 16 provision will be available.

You will be introduced to the principles and theories of secondary teaching through both subject studies and a developing professional practice course. Training is undertaken in partnership with local secondary schools.

You can study one of 5 pathways:

  • French (UCAS code R1X1)
  • French with German (UCAS code RX11)
  • French with Spanish (UCAS code RXD1)
  • German with French (UCAS code RX21)
  • Spanish (UCAS code 34ZD)

We are looking to select trainees who:

  • have the passion, commitment and enthusiasm to teach in secondary schools
  • are resilient and able to work under pressure
  • have good subject knowledge to train to teach in the area they are interested in

Why choose this course?

The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Training. Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections it is recognised as a very good quality training provider by local employers. Graduate employability is high. 

The programme is structured to allow you to develop the skills required by a secondary Modern Foreign Languages teacher, and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to secondary practice.

The strengths of our PGCE secondary programmes are the high levels of pastoral care and support we offer trainees. We also have effective partnerships with schools which enhances trainees' subject knowledge and conceptual understanding of teaching and ensures our trainees achieve good levels of attainment.


On successful completion of the programme you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and be ready to start your teaching career.

Teaching methods

A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used. Tutor led sessions will include lectures, seminars and workshops, where active participation is encouraged. Twenty-four weeks of the programme are spent in local partnerships schools. This enables you to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a team of practising teachers who lead key sessions as well as support you in your school-based training where you develop your classroom expertise.

The programme includes opportunities to visit different educational contexts, including a primary school and a special needs school.

Work Placement

School experience is at the heart of the programme and during the thirty-six week programme you spend twenty-four weeks in school, and the rest of the time on campus. The school experience is made up of a number of serial day placements, including visits to a primary school and a special school and two block placements in partner secondary schools.


Level 6

Core Modules

  • School Based Training 2 - 30 Credits
  • School Based Training 1 - 30 Credits

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Developing Professional Practice - Secondary - 30 Credits
  • Learning and Teaching in MFL - 30 Credits

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time

  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Initial Teacher Training Bursary information

You may be eligible for a training bursary. Find out more here.

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

How to apply

Apply online (Full Time)

Visit the Secondary Education: Modern Foreign Languages PGCE/ ProfGCE page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!




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