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Secondary Modern Foreign Languages with QTS - PGCE


Course Description

The PGCE course in Modern Foreign Languages prepares students to teach their main target language to pupils aged 11-18 and, where applicable, their subsidiary language to pupils aged 11-14. The emphasis is on interaction, critical reflection, high linguistic levels, imagination and hard work.

There has never been a more pressing time to teach languages and we aim to promote and extend pupils' experiences so that they are ready to be citizens of our globalised world. We want to prepare passionate linguists who will encourage more pupils into language learning and who are ready to meet the challenges set out by the Welsh Government's Global Futures strategic document.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Course Overview

The course includes interactive seminars, lectures and workshops. These provide students with key principles, practical ideas and resources that equip them to teach modern foreign languages. 12 weeks of the course are spent in university and 24 in schools. There is an emphasis on developing subject knowledge using ICT, as well as opportunities for group work with native speakers.

During the year the students submit coursework assignments with the possibility of gaining credits towards a Master’s degree. During school placements practising teachers and tutors formally observe and assess a number of lessons. At the end of each term the students receive written reports which summarises their progress towards meeting the standards for the award of QTS.

You can choose from the following language options:
-French (UCAS course code: 2X6B)
-French and German (UCAS course code 2X67)
-French with Spanish (UCAS course code 2X6C)
-Spanish with French (UCAS course code 2X6F)

Key Features

-Induction course for foreign nationals
-Language enhancement sessions
-Field trips
-Financial incentives (training grant)
-Placements in either English or Welsh medium schools
-We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales
-Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales
-Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors
-Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students
-Post-course CPD opportunities
-We have the best employment rate in Wales

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Modern Foreign Language graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Builth Wells High School, Monmouthshire Comprehensive (Newport), Dylan Thomas Community School (Swansea), The Royal Alexandra and Albert Co-ed Boarding School (Reigate), Cymer Afan Comprehensive School (Neath Port Talbot) and Fitzalan High School (Cardiff)

Visit the Secondary Modern Foreign Languages with QTS - PGCE page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A degree in the main language to be taught and, where applicable, an 'A' level or equivalent in the other language. Native speakers should have a university degree, normally English. The admissions process includes an interview with a presentation and written tasks in the target language(s).

Last Updated

08 March 2017

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