UWE Bristol - Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary Initial Teacher Education Modern Languages with QTS

UWE Bristol

Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary Initial Teacher Education Modern Languages with QTS

The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a one-year (36 week) academic course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of Modern Languages.

The PGCE course has been designed to train teachers to practise as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across the age range. Trainees will also often gain experience of the 16-18 age range, although they won't be formally assessed in this phase.

If you have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for languages and want to inspire the next generation of linguists in an exciting and innovative way, then this is the course for you. The Modern Languages PGCE explores all aspects of teaching and learning with a balance of theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on effective pedagogy, adaptive teaching and practical activities for the classroom. This course will support you in becoming a highly skilled, confident, inspiring and reflective teacher of Modern Languages.

The course is active and practical, allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and within the University. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.

Candidates who have one Modern Language would be asked to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course funded by the DfE prior to the start of the PGCE course. This would be part of the condition of the offer.

Entry Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree, or a recognised equivalent qualification, in French, German or Spanish. For combined degrees, one of these languages must make up at least 50%. This is typically 2:2 or higher but we will look at all applications against the demands of the course. Native speakers of French, German or Spanish may hold an undergraduate degree, or recognised equivalent qualification, in any subject.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.

Career Prospects

PGCE programmes include 60 credits assessed at Masters level.

As a trainee teacher, you will be joining a modern and well-regarded programme to train to teach across the 11-16 age range and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course Details

The PGCE programmes are part of the Department of Education and Childhood, within the Initial Teacher Education cluster.

The University of the West of England is committed to training the best teachers for the future, able to provide first-class educational experiences and make a significant difference to the life chances of all children. We will train you to do so in partnership with schools and settings across the region. All children deserve to learn well, with enthusiastic subject specialist teachers.

Teaching is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career with a high level of job satisfaction. It is a great privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to be able to influence and shape the progress of children and young people.

Our PGCE programmes are very popular and the standard of applicants is high.

As a trainee teacher, you will complete a minimum of 120 days in school on placement practice. This will take place in at least two contrasting schools, in blocks of no less than six weeks, during which time you will be expected to demonstrate effective progress in your own practice and have a positive impact on pupil progress over time.

Theories underpinning pedagogical approaches
Planning and implementing appropriate teaching strategies and classroom management
Subject studies
Current educational policy and practice
Evaluation of learner needs and the educational impact of their teaching
Professional skills and attributes, including keeping children safe
The use of evidence-based practice
Feedback and assessment of teaching against the English Teachers' Standards, supported by a university tutor and school based mentor.

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