The PGCE Modern Languages (French) is unique in being an initial teacher training programme that is led and mainly taught by a group of schools in South London as part of the broader University of Greenwich secondary PGCE provision. It seeks to develop skilled and committed teachers who can teach French and promote a love of languages in the secondary school context. It attracts a diverse range of linguists including UK nationals with language degrees and graduates in relevant disciplines who are native speakers.
The programme comprises two elements: subject and professional training (60 days) and school-based experience (120 days). A distinctive feature of this particular PGCE programme is that the majority of the subject training is taught by practising teachers in schools. Therefore, by comparison with most university-led PGCE programmes, a greater proportion of time is spent in schools.
Both the postgraduate and professional certificate enable students to gain an academic qualification (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Assessment for the PGCE is through a series of written assignments and recommendation for QTS is assessed by observation of teaching in relation to the Teachers' Standards. The postgraduate certificate offers an opportunity for Masters level credits to be gained through submission of appropriate assignments.
The aims of the programme are:
- To develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding for teaching secondary school children
- To develop students knowledge of the National Curriculum
- To widen individual skills, expertise and knowledge of a specialist subject
- To develop a wider understanding of English education
- To establish a broad understanding of different influences and philosophies underpinning education.
Our secondary education programme is for students who want to train to teach young people in secondary schools. The programme is a mixture of learning at the university together with periods of practical teaching experience in our partner schools and colleges.
What you'll study
Full time - Year 1: Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Professional e-Portfolio (Level 7) (15 credits) Professional Studies and School-Based Research (Level 7) (45 credits) School Experience A (15 credits) School Experience B (15) (15 credits) Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 (30 credits) Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 2 (30 credits)
Fees and finance
Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.