The University of Wolverhampton

PGCESecondary Education Modern Foreign Languages

Why choose this course?

  • If you have a passion for modern languages and want to become a teacher of French, German or Spanish our course in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) will prepare you to plan and deliver motivating lessons to pupils 11-16 (with primary and post-16 enhancement) and will provide opportunities to begin to develop your teaching of sixth-form pupils.
  • As a trainee teacher, you will be introduced to the theory and practice of modern language teaching that will enable you to examine a variety of approaches that underpin effective teaching, learning and assessment. Our aim is to develop competent, reflective and professionally aware teachers, who can respond positively to the individual learning needs of young people in school.
  • Alongside the development of your own subject knowledge, you will develop an awareness of how children learn a language and how, as a teacher, you can help pupils to develop their language skills.
  • The course will enable you to select, produce and use a wide range of language teaching resources in a variety of media including ICT.
  • It will prepare you to deliver the National Curriculum Programme of Study and to teach effectively and creatively. Typical modules may include:
    • Study of the principles of effective teaching and learning in MFL
    • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
    • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
    • Study of the impact of a range of assessment strategies on pupils’ learning and progression
    • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
    • Classroom-based enquiry into a specific aspect of teaching and learning MFL
  • Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase.

  • Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers

  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - you will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development

  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets

  • You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, school-based project and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills.

PGCE: programme structure

  • 24 weeks of the PGCE course (which is a total of 36 weeks) will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms. Each placement is organised so that it starts with time in the school and at University.
  • Your University Tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers.
  • We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools. The University based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
  • The course starts in September and ends in June: this is the quickest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
  • At least 120 days of your PGCE will be spent in schools. The requirements of teacher training mean that you must experience two different schools, and so two different placements are arranged by the university.
  • The course comprises of a two day professional placement in mixed subject groups, two extended school placements in your subject specialism and two periods of University-based teaching – September to October; January to February. The programme also includes a short Primary school placement and additional opportunities for a range of enhancements for example a health and safety course experience of special educational needs and teaching pupils with English as an additional language.

Modules

  • You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, a school-based project, other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills
  • Two modules at level 3, entitled Teaching, Learning and Assessment 1 and Professional Values and Personal Development, are studied and assessed through assignments in the first term alongside your practical experience in school.
  • During terms 2 and 3 you will be working on two level 4 modules, to develop further your skills as a teacher. You will be assessed on your teaching performance and by written assignments, one of which will be based on a personal small-scale classroom investigation.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • One of Britain's largest and most established providers of teacher education. A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment
  • State of the art Education and Teaching building with teaching rooms fitted with interactive whiteboards, two lecture theatres as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.
  • Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.
  • Access to regular Professional Skills Test Support.

What our students think

Gemma PottsGemma

Gemma had nine years' experience in industry before starting the PGCE. She was rated Outstanding on both practice-based and academic elements of her PGCE at Wolverhampton, including an observation visit by an HMI during our recent Ofsted inspection.

Her very high levels of achievement resulted in her being awarded the F. Elliott Memorial Prize and Gemma is now teaching locally.

Career path

  • The PGCE Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school
  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
    • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
    • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
    • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (ie personal guidance)
  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • · Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary phase with primary and post-16 enhancement.
  • If successful, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which represents 60 Masters-level credits.
  • The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching modern foreign languages at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and beyond, in two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development.
  • Become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice

  • Professional skills required to achieve outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.

  • Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.

Who accredits this course?

    • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
    • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.

Entry requirements

  • You should have a 2.2 degree or higher, with at least 50% of the degree content related to your foreign language (one of French, German or Spanish You will have confident command of at least one of French, German or Spanish, normally acquired through a sustained period of study or work abroad.
  • A training bursary of £25,000 wil be available for trainees with a first class honours degree and for those with a 2:1. A £20,000 bursary for those with a 2:2. There is no bursary for anyone with a degree lower than a 2:2 .
  • Native speakers of French, German or Spanish must have a related degree (e.g. in their native language, English, or another foreign language) and a very high level of written and spoken competence in English.
  • Applicants who have a joint degree in laguages and business e.g. French and Marketing, German and business or Spanish and tourism management, and who can demonstrate the above levels of linguistic competence in at least one foreign language are also welcome to apply.
  • Many of our trainees have a second language at a similar or lower level to their first foreign language. Whilst this is advantageous it is not essential.
  • We accept the following UK qualifications as meeting the English GCSE requirements:
    • University of London Examinations and Assessment Council: Certificate of attainment in English at level 4 or above
    • RSA: Stage III (advanced) in English
    • University of Cambridge English for speakers of other languages
      • Business English certificate (higher)
      • Certificate of English language skills (higher)
      • International English language testing system (IELTS) (band score 6 or above)
  • If you do not have one of these qualifications you must pass the university entrance test in English. Arrangements for taking this test can be made after your application is received.
  • Ideally you should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school, in sixth form context in England either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/observation OR be in the process of trying to gain this.

Interview and Selection

  • Once your application has been received by subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview, which will comprise:
  • a short teaching presentation in your first foreign language
  • two brief written tests (in your chosen foreign language and in English) through which to explore your views on teaching
  • an individual oral interview with a tutor
  • The main purpose of the interview is to:
  • give you an insight into the nature of the course and the teaching profession and to assess your level of commitment
  • explore your subject strengths and areas for development
  • assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
  • answer all of your questions

Please view information regarding interview preparation

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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