PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages with QTS PGCE

Course Overview

The course includes interactive seminars, lectures and workshops. These provide students with key principles, practical ideas and resources that equip them to teach modern foreign languages. 12 weeks of the course are spent in university and 24 in schools. There is an emphasis on developing subject knowledge using ICT, as well as opportunities for group work with native speakers.

During the year the students submit coursework assignments with the possibility of gaining credits towards a Master's degree. During school placements practising teachers and tutors formally observe and assess a number of lessons. At the end of each term the students receive written reports which summarises their progress towards meeting the standards for the award of QTS.

You can choose from the following language options:

French (UCAS course code: 2X6B)
French and German (UCAS course code 2X67)
French with Spanish (UCAS course code 2X6C)
Spanish with French (UCAS course code 2X6F)

Key Features

  • Induction course for foreign nationals.
  • Language enhancement sessions.
  • Field trips.
  • Financial incentives (training grant).
  • Placements in either English or Welsh medium schools.
  • We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales
  • Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales.
  • Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors.
  • Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students.
  • Post-course CPD opportunities.
  • We have the best employment rate in Wales.


  • Module 01: Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary Education (Level 6 - English only. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 02: Skills and learning across the Curriculum (Level 6 - Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 03: Investigating Issues in Secondary Education (Level 6 and 7 - Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 04: Curriculum Development and Enhancement (Level 6 - Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. and Level 7 - Post-graduate Cert.Ed.. Both English only)
  • Module 05: Professional Teaching Experience (Level 6 - English or Welsh/bilingual. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)

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Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

A degree in the main language to be taught and, where applicable, an 'A' level or equivalent in the other language. Native speakers should have a university degree, normally English. The admissions process includes an interview with a presentation and written tasks in the target language(s).

For the September 2015 entry you will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit the equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin: 01792 482111 at

If accepted onto our course, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible.

If you were called to interview, it would be advantageous if you gained some work experience at a secondary school in order that you begin to realise what it means to be a classroom teacher and understand the demands that would face you in your chosen career.

The PGCE Secondary programme has a well-established link with the CANTEACH programme that supports and facilitates Canadian graduates' application to the PGCE Secondary programme.

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