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PGCE (PG) in 7-14 Modern Foreign Languages

Course Description

Those enrolled on any initial teacher education course learn to teach within schools in East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. School-led teacher education is provided by experienced mentors and professional tutors and is supported by University tutors throughout the year. During 2014 our Initial Teacher Education course was deemed good/outstanding by Ofsted.

There are three elements of the PGCE and School Direct Programmes:

Professional Knowledge for Schools
The focus of this module is to encourage the development of key professional attributes. This module develops your understanding of:

broad educational issues
national priorities
whole-school policies, and
teachers’ duties, legal liabilities and responsibilities.
This module is delivered between schoolbased professionals and faculty. Topics include personalised learning, special educational needs, interprofessional work, safeguarding, active learning, equal opportunities issues, assessment for learning and behaviour management.

Curriculum Studies
The central focus of this module is subjector age-specific curriculum knowledge and pedagogy. University tutors and school mentors co-teach this module, extending knowledge and understanding both of the curriculum and how pupils learn, enabling teachers to explore a variety of teaching and learning strategies and to teach differentiated and creative lessons.

Through school-based research, we encourage teachers to develop their own understanding of their subject’s and pupils’ specific pedagogy.

Professional Practice
On this module, the focus is on the practical application of professional skills. Experience of placements in two schools gives you the opportunity to develop your teaching skills with the supervision of a subject mentor. This includes developing your knowledge of the school curriculum in different phases and subjects • planning lessons and schemes of work, with clear learning objectives • managing the classroom, ICT and other resources • organising a range of well-paced activities to suit different learning preferences • presenting topics and using effective questioning strategies • monitoring and assessing pupils’ work.


All teachers are prepared to meet, and are regularly assessed against, a set of national professional standards, achievement of which is recognised by the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In preparation for QTS, teachers prepare a portfolio of evidence of achievement, which charts progress over the academic year and includes evidence of lesson observations, engagement with professional development and self-designed teaching and learning materials.

As an academic award, the PGCE also provides opportunities to acquire up to 90 Masters-level credits through assignments, including the presentation of a professional portfolio in a viva at the end of the course.

At all stages, assessment is shared between school-based professionals and University tutors.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the PGCE (PG) in 7-14 Modern Foreign Languages page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You must be a graduate of an approved institution of Higher Education or validating body from a course that is recognised as being equivalent to at least a second-class undergraduate honours degree. You must also have passed the equivalent of GCSE English and Mathematics (Grade C) and complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. You must also have achieved a Grade C GCSE or equivalent in a science subject. Evidence of having gained these qualifications must be provided at interview. Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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