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PGCE Secondary Modern Languages PGCE

Course Description

By choosing to train as a teacher with London Metropolitan University, you will be joining a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work with the University to offer you an exciting and challenging course to launch your career. Previous students have told us that you will be exceptionally well supported by 'inspirational' (Ofsted 2011) tutors who act as 'critical friends'.

Our trainees attain highly with 99% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course. Employment prospects are excellent with many students offered employment in their placement schools. London schools are the “international education success story of the past 10 years”’ (Husbands IOE). Come to London Met and be part of this success.

About the course

The PGCE Secondary Modern Languages is a full-time course providing training for teaching in the 11-16 age range, with some training in post 16. The main languages covered are French, Spanish and German. The course aims to train teachers who are reflective practitioners, committed to improving their own practice and to their future professional development.

In University subject sessions you will develop your understanding of modern languages teaching methodology and how children learn; work on collaborative projects with other trainees and school-based projects; and learn about the principles of teaching and learning languages including the use of target language and assessment.

The course equips you with the skills needed to teach languages, facilitate extracurricular activities and contribute to the life of the whole school. There are two placements in different secondary schools, one in the autumn term and one in the spring/summer term.

This course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status whether you apply to London Met for PGCE or through the PGCE School Direct at London Met application process. Please see the How to Apply section for the UCAS Provider details of our partner schools.

"Headteachers are particularly complimentary about the fact that the trainees and NQTs are prepared well to meet the specific challenges of pupils in the context of London schools." Ofsted 2015.

Support for single linguists

London Metropolitan University offers a 12 week intensive Subject Knowledge Enhancement (French) course which enables single linguists in German or Spanish language to develop a second language (French) which can then be taught with confidence and accuracy to pupils up to Key Stage 3. The course is fully funded and bursaries are available to eligible applicants.


There are three elements to assessment. Practical teaching experience is assessed in relation to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. A Professional Reflective Portfolio is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience. There is a research assignment at the end of the year which focuses on the implementation of a key area of educational policy.

There are no examinations.

Modular structure

Students spend two thirds of the course in schools. School-based work consists of structured observation visits, curriculum projects and teaching practice. The course structure provides for increasing amounts of school-based work with a gradual progression to whole-class teaching, with responsibility for management and assessment of pupils increasing accordingly. During the year, you will have two substantial periods of school experience in different secondary schools. You will also spend a day in a primary school.

University-based work involves a variety of learning activities. Lectures and workshops provide formal opportunities to extend your subject knowledge and explore the principles of effective teaching. Workshops also provide opportunities for you to reflect on and discuss your experiences in school, and to learn from one another.

After the course

On successful completion of the course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status for teaching Key Stage 3 (age 11-14) and Key Stage 4 (age 14-16). London Metropolitan University’s students have an excellent rate of gaining Qualified Teacher Status and finding teaching positions within six months of graduating. Whether you have applied for PGCE or PGCE by School Direct our students can have the same expectations for employment upon successful completion of the course.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the PGCE Secondary Modern Languages PGCE page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

For PGCE / PGCE by School Direct, you must have: A relevant UK degree grade 2.2 or above, or an equivalent qualification from overseas. GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or equivalent). PGCE Primary or Early Years applicants will also need GCSE Science at grade C or above (or equivalent).There is also the requirement before you can be permitted to enrol to take and pass the QTS skills tests as required by the NCTL. This will be a condition of your offer.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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