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PGCE Secondary Modern Languages (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS


Course Description

This programme will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational skills, values and understanding required to become a high quality and proficient teacher of languages. You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, which immerses you in the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.

A comprehensive programme, this PGCE enables you to learn innovative teaching methods whilst developing your own language abilities. You will also receive support to develop a second language, with dedicated tutoring tailored to your current knowledge level, to ensure you have more to offer prospective employers.

If you have a degree, are fluent in French, German, Spanish, Urdu or Mandarin, and enthusiastic about offering secondary school pupils knowledge of other languages and cultures, this is the programme for you.

What will I study?

You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

During 12 weeks of study on campus, you will develop:

- Knowledge of essential educational theory;
- Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, podcasts and computer-based resources;
- Strategies to encourage trainees’ holistic language development in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as knowledge about the country and culture;
- Understanding of the curriculum and current teaching practice;
- Ability to plan lessons effectively;
- Your knowledge of both your languages including methodology;
- Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools;
- Stronger knowledge of your specialist language, and tutoring in a second language;
- Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.

You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools, colleges and settings, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the QTS Standards and academic criteria at Level 7. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other aspects of language.

Three key assignments include:

- The development of a secure knowledge and understanding of modern languages (ML) and related pedagogy plus relevant statutory and non-statutory curricular frameworks (National Strategies for ML).
- Planning, teaching and assessment of the four skill areas for a class you have taught and an evaluation of teaching approaches and their effect on learning.
- Academic scholarship relating to subject specific pedagogy and wider professional practice with critical reflection on its findings to evaluate the impact on your own teaching, learning and professional development.
- Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a team of friendly, supportive tutors, including specialists in each of the five languages available.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS status and progress into employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Modern Languages.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Modern Languages (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCE you should have: A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification); GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent); Satisfactory ICT competence; A demonstrable interest in teaching the curriculum area. You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry. If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

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