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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Modern Foreign Languages) PGCE

Course Description

We work in close partnership with schools in designing, delivering and assessing our programme. You have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research and are encouraged to take a critical view of policies and practice.

Key benefits

- The programme at King's is challenging and students are encouraged to take a critical view of policies and practice.

- It is a sociable course where you will be expected to work with others, discussing issues and problems about teaching.

- You have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and about teaching.

- MFL PGCE students have the chance to participate in a special Eramsus programme, whereby they may undertake some of teaching practice in France, Spain, Germany or Austria.

- Located in the heart of London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/pgce-modern-foreign-languages.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our PGCE MFL programme offers four language combinations:

- French major with German as a minor
- German major with French as a minor
- Spanish major with French as a minor
- French major with Spanish as a minor.

Our programme emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory, practice and research. We maintain close links with partnership schools and colleagues. Unique features of the course are the ERASMUS opportunity to spend time teaching in the country of your second language in the summer term. We further encourage ongoing development of subject knowledge through peer support and our e-learning platform designed in conjunction with colleagues from the King's Modern Language Centre to develop your linguistic competence and pedagogical awareness. Our programme is delivered by tutors who have extensive teaching experience and are actively involved in research of international quality.

The programme is both University-based and School based (24 out of the 36 weeks).

- Course purpose -

Our course aims to equip you with the skills and confidence to become an effective teacher of 11-18 year olds. Our programme will lead to the DfE Standards for QTS which are assessed through teaching practice observation, portfolios and written assignments.

- Course format and assessment -

The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the teaching standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.

The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by an 8,000-word written assignment.

The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a 4,000-word written assignment.

Career prospects

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Modern Foreign Languages) PGCE page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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4702.jpg 'King’s College London was the obvious first choice in the PGCE application process due to its outstanding reputation and London location. The small group sizes and emphasis on one-to-one support were absolutely crucial throughout a demanding year of teaching and studying.'


Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours or above (or overseas equivalent) with knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach.GCSE grade C or above, or equivalent, in English Language and Mathematics. Applicants without these English or Mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered. Applicants for Modern Foreign Languages need to offer two languages, either French and German or French and Spanish, with qualifications equivalent to at least AS-level in the subsidiary language. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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