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Secondary Education Modern Languages (French), PGCE

Course Description

The PGCE Modern Languages (French) is unique in being an initial teacher training programme that is led and mainly taught by a group of schools in South London as part of the broader University of Greenwich secondary PGCE provision. It seeks to develop skilled and committed teachers who can teach French and promote a love of languages in the secondary school context. It attracts a diverse range of linguists including UK nationals with language degrees and graduates in relevant disciplines who are native speakers.

The programme comprises two elements: subject and professional training (60 days) and school-based experience (120 days). A distinctive feature of this particular PGCE programme is that the majority of the subject training is taught by practising teachers in schools. Therefore, by comparison with most university-led PGCE programmes, a greater proportion of time is spent in schools.

Both the postgraduate and professional certificate enable students to gain an academic qualification (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Assessment for the PGCE is through a series of written assignments and recommendation for QTS is assessed by observation of teaching in relation to the Teachers' Standards. The postgraduate certificate offers an opportunity for Masters level credits to be gained through submission of appropriate assignments.

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding for teaching secondary school children

- To develop students knowledge of the National Curriculum

- To widen individual skills, expertise and knowledge of a specialist subject

- To develop a wider understanding of English education

- To establish a broad understanding of different influences and philosophies underpinning education.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/seced/mfl

Education - Secondary

Our secondary education programme is for students who want to train to teach young people in secondary schools. The programme is a mixture of learning at the university together with periods of practical teaching experience in our partner schools and colleges.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Professional e-Portfolio (Level 7) (15 credits)
Professional Studies and School-Based Research (Level 7) (45 credits)
School Experience A (15 credits)
School Experience B (15) (15 credits)
Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 (30 credits)
Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 2 (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/644414/Prof-GCE-and-Prof-Cert-in-Lifelong-Learning.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the Secondary Education Modern Languages (French), PGCE page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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