Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Modern Languages, 11-16)

The programme starts by boosting your subject knowledge, enabling you to refresh your first Modern Language and boost your second Modern Language. This is an intensive course, which requires a high level of participation and provides you with an early taste of what teaching secondary Modern Languages is all about. This is an excellent way to begin the PGCE programme and to develop a positive group ethos that is so important for the year ahead.

Through carefully structured University based teaching and two school based phases, you’ll enhance your subject knowledge and develop ideas for the classroom. You’ll develop skills and management strategies for challenging and motivating pupils across the secondary age range.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above with at least 50% in French, German, Spanish or Italian. A native speaker of one of the above languages would need to be a fluent and clear speaker of English and have a degree, which may be in another subject other than the first language they wish to teach.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

Expertise in a second Modern Language (previously listed) is useful, but not essential. Other desirable second languages are Russian, Mandarin, Japanese or a community language such as Urdu or Bengali.

Successful completion of a Modern Languages Enhancement Course is also acceptable in addition to a degree. A language A-level is also required.

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Course modules

University training
During the University based sessions, you’ll gain a sound knowledge of the National Curriculum requirements in Modern Languages, the Framework for teaching Modern Languages in the Key Stage 3 Strategy, and the structure and content of national and public examinations in Modern Languages.

School training
The school-based phases are in the form of two main blocks where you’re placed in schools under the guidance of a trained subject mentor. You’ll also spend some time in Modern Languages Departments in specific schools developing your professional values and practice and the general roles and duties, which are required for all teachers within the secondary sector.

There is a strong emphasis throughout the programme on subject application and interactive workshops where teaching strategies and techniques are modelled. These will enable you to develop and use creatively a range of teaching styles and resources in the teaching of Modern Languages.

One major component of the programme is the role of ICT in teaching and learning in Modern Languages.

PGCE programmes are taught by highly qualified and experienced staff both in University and in partner schools or other settings.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources. Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment provides remote access to a wide range of resources.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings. The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments;
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
  • School phase reports and observations;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

Five Progress Review Points are held each year. These assessment points review your attainment, professional learning and SMART target setting.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,500 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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