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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Secondary Initial Teacher Education Modern Languages

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
R9X1
Applications:
UTT
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Education and Childhood
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Laura Evans

Page last updated 31 August 2017

Introduction

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

If you need to boost your subject knowledge before starting the course you can do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. You can only apply to do this after receiving an offer of a place on the PGCE.

The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice 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 will not be formally assessed in this phase.

The course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in 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.

Find out more about what PGCE Secondary Education at UWE has to offer in terms of teaching quality, staff expertise and your student experience.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The course is part of the Department of Education's programme for Initial Teacher Training. Units studied are:

  • Enabling Learning
  • Meeting Curriculum Challenges
  • Becoming a Teacher

These units are studied in both the school and the University-based parts of the course, the work on each site being complementary.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Personal support

We recognise that embarking on a new course of study can sometimes be quite a challenging undertaking. Students have three main sources of support and information from the University during the course: firstly there is the Group Tutor in their subject area, secondly each student is allocated a Personal Tutor and thirdly any student can get support on a range of issues from the Department Student Adviser.

Study time

The Modern Languages programme at UWE will give you the skills you need to be a successful languages teacher of the future. Trainees become involved in an exciting mixture of teaching and learning styles, ranging from presentations and micro-teaching to pair and small group work. You will also be able to find out about the learning process and try things out in the group, such as presenting a new language to a class or experimenting with a game you have just made. There will be regular opportunities for French specialists, Germanists and Hispanists to work together.

The following are some of the things we look at in subject sessions:

  • Communicative language teaching
  • Planning in line with the National Curriculum and KS3 strategy
  • In-depth work on Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Evaluation of course materials
  • Assessment at KS3, KS4 and post-16
  • GCSE, 'A' level and post-16 alternatives
  • Management of the Modern Languages classroom
  • The teaching and learning of grammar
  • Hands-on ICT training
  • Creative writing in Modern Languages, including poems and songs

During the 24 weeks spent in two different partner schools, you will be encouraged to develop your full potential and to play a full part in the life of the school in which you are placed. There will be a strong framework of support and within this you will have opportunities to try out your ideas and develop your teaching skills.

If you share our enthusiasm for languages then our PGCE course is the one for you.

Hear what our students think about their time at UWE.

Assessment

In order to pass the course, trainees are required to pass each unit. They are assessed on a number of written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of QTS.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Placements

24 weeks are spent on placement: a total of eight weeks in one placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a second placement during the spring and summer.

As well as teaching, the programme includes contact time with a Senior Professional Tutor and a Subject Mentor, directed study time and personal study time.

There is an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools or colleges of further education.

Fieldwork

During the course there are several opportunities to look outwards:

  • Paired trainees traditionally teach and run activities in different foreign languages in a local primary school for the European Day of Languages in September and there are also opportunities to meet the PGCE primary trainees with a French or Spanish specialism.
  • Following a creative writing session in January, trainees are invited to work with pupils in school and enter either the local 'Speak Up' Poetry & Song Competition or its national counterpart, 'Free Spirit'. In 2003 two groups of yr 9 boys from one of our partnership schools actually won the German section of the national competition and performed their song in London.
  • Several trainees have helped with a local Gifted and Talented students' course, based around a murder mystery in Paris.
  • With its free associate membership for PGCE trainees, the Association for Language Learning (ALL) continues to provide a valuable series of regional training events.

Study facilities

The Department of Education provides a pleasant environment in which to study. Its modern, purpose-built facilities provide high quality teaching rooms with state-of-the-art technology available. The department has excellent IT facilities and houses an Open Learning Area with the latest equipment including an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and a range of equipment that can be booked out and borrowed, including digital cameras and laptops, with friendly staff on hand to help when needed.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes now includes 40 credits of assessment at Master's Level (Level M). For candidates who opt not to attempt the requisite credit at Level M, a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education will be available as an alternative award.

For further information on your career in teaching, including salary scales and case studies of current trainee teachers, visit www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching.

Hear from past UWE students about how studying here has enhanced their career propsects and opened up new opportunities.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

The PGCE is financed as an undergraduate course. More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see funding for PGCE students.

Entry

Entry requirements

Modern Languages trainees should be:

  • Graduates (normally 2:2 minimum or equivalent) in French with German or Spanish to A2 level, or
  • Graduates (normally 2:2 minimum or equivalent) in Spanish or German with fluent, accurate French to A2 level or above, or
  • Graduate native speakers (normally 2:2 minimum or equivalent) of French, German or Spanish with a second language (for German and Spanish native speakers the second language should be French; for French native speakers the second language should be German or Spanish)

If you have only one language, there is the possibility of doing a three month Extension Course in either French or German between May and August before starting the PGCE course.

Please note: A very small number of places are available each year for graduates with French only or French and Italian.

Applicants normally have:

  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.*
  • To be able to demonstrate recent experience of observing or supporting teaching in your subject area. This must be conducted in a comprehensive school (minimum of 10 working days or two weeks equivalent within the last three years). 

*If you do not meet the GCSE entry requirements, we will accept equivalency tests that are of a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C or above.

Please note that this course starts early in September. We are unable to agree any requests for holiday due to the number of days required to fulfil the course.

Please read through the UCAS Teacher Training pages carefully for guidance on how to apply.

Additional requirements
Applicants must pass an initial selection process and short-listed candidates will be interviewed at the Department of Education. All offers will be subject to satisfactory health checks.

Disclosure of Criminal Background - Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

If you would like information regarding issues that could disqualify you from teaching training, please contact us on +44 (0)117 32 83333.

Department for Education Professional Skills Tests

All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and before starting their course. We recommend that you complete the skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy as soon as possible after you have submitted an application for an Initial Teacher Education programme. If practical, you should take these tests before any interview that you may be invited for, but if this is not possible, you should take them as soon as possible thereafter. If you have not passed the tests at the interview stage, any offer will be conditional until you have passed both tests. You will need to pass both tests by 30th June. Information about the tests can be found at The Department for Education.

Standards and requirements
Following the review of Standards and Requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by the Secretary of State in 2012 (revised in June 2013), our full-time courses have been designed to be compliant with the latest standards and requirements.

For information about the national curriculum and subjects taught in secondary schools, visit gov.uk website.

Deferrals

The Department of Education is not able to approve deferrals under any circumstances.  Applicants unable to start their programme during the year of application will be required to withdraw and reapply the following year.

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