Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Modern Languages, 11-16)

This programme represents an opportunity to train as a secondary teacher of modern languages; a subject that is so significant for international understanding in today's world; the programme enable students to meet the QTS Standards in respect of pupils aged 11-16; there are also opportunities to undertake university-based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range; the programme enables students to develop the range of knowledge and understanding that is required to become an effective and creative teacher of modern languages; students develop the skills to plan and teach the subject effectively, helping all students to reach their full potential; carefully structured University based teaching and 2 school based phases enable students to enhance subject knowledge and develop strategies and ideas for classroom skills and management for challenging and motivating pupils across the secondary age range; during the University based sessions, students 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; the school-based phases are in the form of two main blocks where students are placed in schools under the guidance of a trained subject mentor; students also spend some time in modern languages departments in specific schools developing professional values and practice and the general roles and duties, which are required for all teachers within the secondary sector.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have spent a minimum of 2 weeks in a mainstream secondary state school in England before applying; 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English and mathematics; a language degree with at least 50 percent in French, German, Spanish or Italian; expertise in a 2nd modern language from the above list is essential; other desirable languages are Russian, Mandarin, Japanese or a community language such as Urdu or Bengali; a native speaker of 1 of the above languages would need a 2nd modern language at a reasonable level, be a fluent and clear speaker of English and may have a degree in another subject other than the 1st language they wish to teach; successful completion of a modern languages enhancement course is also acceptable in addition to a degree.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective; assessment takes account of both programme experience and the school or setting phase and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks; we support students in developing a rigorous evidence-based account of their educational journey.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 10,030 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees) 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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