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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Modern Foreign Languages

Course Description

Are you fluent in a non-English language? Do you want to pass your skills on at secondary school or even university level? Then take a course from one of the nation's top departments for Modern Foreign Languages! Our international reputation for our multi-sensory approach, innovative methodology and teaching of grammar have helped us gain a 100% employment rate for our graduates. You'll experience the same approach that we train you to use in the classroom, giving you a first-hand experience as to how students learn and develop in foreign languages, as well as how they can be motivated to advance further.

As well as your university lessons, you'll be placed in two different schools during the training year. You'll have the chance to observe another MFL trainee, working together and sharing ideas to help both of your professional developments. Options 2 and 3 allow students, enrolled on the first year of a masters degree in our partner universities in France and Spain, to complete their masters by undertaking the PGCE Secondary MFL course at the University of Cumbria, thereby gaining two prestigious qualifications in one academic year.

You'll prove you have the skills and experience to become a first-rate teacher, passing on your knowledge to the next generation of multilingual experts. All our students aiming to enter into teaching have succeeded after taking this course, and we want to help you be just as successful.

Course outline

This course will enable you to teach foreign languages to the 11-18 age group with Primary Languages and Post-16 input, including students with special needs. You will learn how to develop the main skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) along with cultural awareness. You will have the opportunity to explore strategies for teaching a wide range of learners using a multi-sensory approach with purposeful, challenging and enjoyable activities.

Our practical classes focus on teaching you to learn by doing, applying this to your own classes during placements in two schools. You will have the opportunity to experience methodology first-hand by observing classes live in school. A distinctive feature of the course is the way each area is introduced in terms of Key Stage 3, then revisited and built on at Key Stage 4 and post-16, as well as at Key Stage 2. This 'cyclical progression' is mirrored in your experience in school with your tutor and mentor working closely together.

Graduate destinations

You'll have qualified teacher status which will allow you to immediately apply for an exciting career as a French, Spanish or German teacher at secondary school. The Master FLE and ELE will qualify you to teach in a range of international contexts, including university.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

You should generally have spent a year abroad. Where necessary, we make a period abroad or attendance at a NCTL-funded booster or extension course as a condition of offer. International students should have a degree (or equivalent) in English but we also consider applicants with degrees in other subjects who have a command of English at a high level or have studied a language to a high level.

For options two and three: If you are a French national, you must obtain a Licence Parcours FLE by the start of your course to allow you to study for the Masters. If you are a UK national, you must complete an Apprentissage Réflexif d'une Langue Inconnue(about two weeks' work) before you start Option 2. If you are a graduate, you may be able to combine year one of study for the Masters with a year in France as an assistant.

GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have met this requirement by 31st July 2016.

Successful completion of the professional skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016.

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course.

Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement.

Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level.

We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying. For competitive subjects such as English, PE we may not be able to select you without this experience.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this Programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Modern Foreign Languages page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in French, German or Spanish, or a combination of these. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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