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Age phase: 11-16 with post-16 enhancement

  • Develop your own philosophy for learning and teaching in modern languages.
  • Learn how pupils develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge and understanding of language in meaningful contexts.
  • Reflect on how to enrich pupils’ language learning experiences by giving them opportunities to develop an appreciation of language and cultural diversity.
  • Be taught by an enthusiastic, experienced and inspiring tutor.
  • Work with our partnerships of excellent Modern Languages Departments where you will be supported by teachers passionate about modern languages and teaching.
  • Enrich your thinking and your practice by working together and with trainees from other subjects.
Overview

Overview

Modern languages combinations

  • French
  • French with Spanish 
  • Spanish with French   
  • French with German   
  • German with French

Key Features

  • Very high employment rates
  • The subject specific part of the course aims to build on your expertise in modern languages and to familiarise you with current teaching methodology and research, thus enabling you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the successful teaching of modern languages
  • Learn to teach modern languages in high quality placement schools
  • Use our support systems to help you write assignments at Master’s Level and our additional targeted support for international trainee teachers
  • We work in partnership with the Université d’Angers (France) and you may be interested in the Parcours Diffusion du français en pays anglophones ( PGCE-DIFLANG)

NB Modern languages is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

Applying early will allow time for applicants to attend a subject knowledge enhancement course prior to the start of the PGCE course if this is a condition identified at the interview stage.

"I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career."

Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE Secondary graduate

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Scholarships and Bursaries

If you study this course you may be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for information on eligibility and how much funding may be available to you.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (normally 2:2 or higher) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification, with at least half in a language or a native speaker.
    Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent). Alternatively, we offer equivalency tests if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants, until they achieve the required standard.
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them. NB Interviews will continue throughout 2020 and be conducted online. Applicants will be contacted directly with more details.  

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsB@worc.ac.uk

Other information

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

School Experience

  • 20 days of school experience in our partnership schools which are spread across the region. Experience in two schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors

 

Additional Information for International students

Language Support

For information about language support please refer to our Language requirements and support

If you have specific questions please refer to the IELTS pages for information.

Studying at Worcester as an International Student

For further questions about being an international student at Worcester please refer to our detailed International student pages

Visas

For those applying from European countries please email:

Tadas Lavickas t.lavickas@worc.ac.uk

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.  

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Carry on working on your subject knowledge throughout the course.
  • Plan activities for the European Day of Languages for Year 9 pupils at a local school.
  • Work with primary undergraduate trainees and teach a KS2 Modern Languages lessons.
  • Work with Modern Languages Heads of Department to explore how to: ‘Teach Grammar and Encourage Problem-Solving’ , ‘ Work Effectively with Disadvantaged Learner’ and ‘Use data sensibly’.  
  • Learn how to link the teaching of languages to other curriculum subjects.

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Develop adaptive teaching strategies to respond to the unique needs in a range of contexts, leveraging the diversity inherent in schools.
  • Be informed by the research and evidence about effective teaching at a general level before applying this knowledge to subject-specific approaches.
  • Learn the expectations, standards and behaviours which are appropriate to the profession and the wider responsibilities of a teacher.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: PSHE and Citizenship, Developing a Second Subject, English as an Additional Language, Education in Climate Emergency, Teenage Mental Health, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Research in Education or Technology Enhanced Learning.  In addition we also offer an Aspiring Leaders programme 

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to ECT (Early Career Teacher) and beyond
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.
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Eleese, an NQT

My favourite aspects of being a teacher are firstly the pastoral side of the role: enriching pupils’ school experience and taking care of their well-being by supporting them through the challenges and successes of daily life. Being a port of call for advice or help whenever it’s needed.

Secondly, I will never tire of guiding my pupils to experience their “yes moments”; no matter how big or small and being there to witness them when they happen regardless of how long it has taken to get there.

Nothing is more valuable than supportive university tutors and school mentors. When faced with challenges I was able to persevere because I knew that they had confidence in me and they equipped me with the skills, advice and knowledge I needed to succeed.

Helena, Trainee Teacher

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services
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Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Isabelle Schäfer

Isabelle is the PGCE secondary subject leader for modern languages. She spent over 8 years in secondary education including middle management roles in school as well as being a moderator for the IBO (French). She has worked at the university since 2008 with additional responsibilities as a PGCE module lead and delivering the PGCE part of SCITT programme. Research interests include cross-curricular and cross-phase collaboration and the development of reading comprehension in modern languages. She is the interim Quality coordinator for the School of Education.

She has published articles on trainees’ views of cross-phase collaboration (Schäfer, 2016) and on attitudes to teaching literature in modern languages in secondary schools (Ulma and Schäfer, 2018). She co-presented research on the use of literary extracts in GCSE papers at an international conference in France in 2019. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Education. She is a senior fellow of the HEA.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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  • Great employment prospects
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.
Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £14,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or have a disability.

Some courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, trips, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Not sure about your subject knowledge?

Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.

Subjects offered:
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology (food), French, geography

Find out about the bursary.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Apply now

Applications for PGCE courses, both Primary and Secondary, should be made online through the government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for detailed information on how to apply for a PGCE.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Modern Languages (French) –  R1X1

Modern Languages (German with French) –  RX21

Modern Languages (French with German) –  3CQF

Modern Languages (Spanish with French) – RX44

Modern Languages (French with Spanish) – 3CQG

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

Isabelle Schäfer

Personal Academic Tutor