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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary Modern Languages

Course Description

This 39-week route is a development of the successful PGCE Primary Education course. The specialist route in Modern Languages is focused on Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 years). This route addresses the national requirement for primary children to be taught a Modern Language and will be ideal for those graduates who wish to teach primary age children while retaining a focus on languages.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/pgce-primary-modern-languages

Indicative Course Content

• Professional Studies
• Core Curriculum Studies (English, Mathematics, Science)
• Foundation Curriculum Studies (e.g. History, PE, ICT, MFL etc.)
• Specialist Module: Teaching and Learning in Modern Languages
• School Experience

School Experience

For MFL students, there is the option of spending four weeks of the overall school experience in a placement abroad teaching in their chosen language.

We currently offer placements for speakers of French (teaching in French-speaking Belgium) and Spanish (teaching in Tenerife).

A typical pattern of school experience would be:

Autumn term - Eight weeks paired school experience (school A)
Spring term - Four weeks school experience abroad plus a two week enhanced placement focusing on the teaching of English
Summer term - Ten week school experience (school B)

Students will teach their foreign language for a minimum of one hour per week in school B.


The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments. To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete portfolio assignments at Level M (Postgraduate) and all blocks of School Experience.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.

Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary Modern Languages page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

First Degree – 2:2 or above A2 or above in a modern language at grade A – C and the ability to be sufficiently proficient in French or Spanish to carry out training requirements and teaching within a primary placement. GCSE/‘O’ Levels – including English, Maths and Science (A – C).Recent classroom experience in a UK state primary school (a minimum of two weeks’ experience in the last two years).A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service A satisfactory Occupational Health questionnaire Passes in the Professional Skills Test for Literacy and Numeracy

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