Up to £25K of scholarships and bursaries available.

Trainees in French, German and Spanish must have a second language (even if only at beginners' level) as this will help with the provision of placements, as well as finding a teaching post . However candidates offering only one language are encouraged to still apply for a place on the course.  If successful, and as a condition of their offer, applicants without a second modern language will be directed to apply for Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) funding from the DfE to complete an SKE course in a second language course prior to the PGCE course starting. Therefore it is essential to submit an early application to allow time for this.  As part of the offer, the Subject Leader will provide information on appropriate courses to attend. 

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Location

St Luke's Campus, Exeter

The quality of trainees we receive from the University is consistently high. We value the way in which they are prepared for their school based work. We also value  the support from the University as we partner in their training for their career in teaching.

Christopher Ley, Head of MFL, The Park School, North Devon

Overview

We offer PGCE Modern Foreign Language (MFL) courses in:

  • French (with German or Spanish)
  • German (with French or Spanish)
  • Spanish (with French or German)

Our aim is to develop specialist linguists, who are keen and  eager both to bring to life the languages and cultures, which they themselves love and to nurture a life-long interest in language learning in their pupils.

The course enables you to explore the opportunities and challenges that face both teachers and learners of modern languages in Britain today, the strategies for language acquisition skills and the need for intercultural understanding within the European dimension.

The University-based term offers the opportunity to engage with up-to-date research in languages education and provides a solid grounding in the approaches to language teaching, which puts emphasis on communication and language as structure, as recommended in the National Curriculum. This part of the course will include interactive, practical workshops and seminars, peer teaching and assessment, subject specific seminars, small group work and discussions. We shall help you to develop into a reflective practitioner, constantly thinking about and improving your teaching expertise. Equally we shall support you in polishing up any rusty language skills and in acquiring the necessary practical teaching skills, underpinned by research and accepted good practice, so that you can enter your teaching placements with confidence. The school-based terms are spent in dynamic modern languages departments of a wide range of schools across the South West.

Trainees in French, German and Spanish should have a second language (even if only at beginners' level) as this will help with the provision of placements, as well as finding a teaching post . However candidates offering only one language are encouraged to apply for a place on the course.  If successful, applicants will be eligible for Subject Knowledge Enhancement funding from the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) for a second MFL, as a condition of the offer. Provision is made for trainees to develop their competence in this additional language during the course.

Additional provision for Primary and Post-16

This course will prepare trainees to teach in secondary education (Key Stage 3 & 4), with additional training in how to teach languages in the post-16 sector and in the primary phase.

This provision supports trainees in teaching MFL across key stages with the aim of raising standards in the transition phase from primary to secondary schooling and from secondary to post-16 provision.

Duration

The programme lasts 36 weeks and consists of University-based studies and school-based work.