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    Full time 1 year

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  • Last Updated

    02 August 2017

Course content

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 teaching 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 are being offered teaching jobs in a school where they complete 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.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure


  • 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)


  • research projects
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice


We have a superb record for graduate employment. Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

After completing this course, you are able to teach modern languages in a range of settings, such as 11–16 or 11–18, as well as in the learning and skills sector (also called post-16 or post-compulsory education).

Many students gain employment in the region, thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did a placement — and since you complete two placements, that increases your chances of being offered a job at a place you already know.

Modern languages are a fantastic choice for your PGCE because the country is short of languages teachers — so your job prospects on graduation are particularly good, especially with the recent introduction of the English Baccalaureate. 

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




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