Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Secondary Education (Modern Languages, Initial Teacher Education)

The course is part of the programme for Initial Teacher Training; students become involved in an exciting mixture of teaching and learning styles, ranging from presentations and micro-teaching to pair and small group work; students are 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 they have just made; there are regular opportunities for French specialists, Germanists and Hispanists to work together; the following are some of the things looked 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 information communication technology (ICT) training, creative writing in modern languages; during the 24 weeks spent in 2 different partner schools, students are encouraged to develop their full potential and to play a full part in the life of the school in which they are placed; 24 weeks are spent on placement: a total of 8 weeks in 1 placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a 2nd placement during the spring and summer; 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.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree in a relevant subject. Graduates in French with German or Spanish to A-level, or graduates in Spanish or German with fluent, accurate French to A-level or above, or graduate native speakers of French, German or Spanish with a 2nd language (for German and Spanish native speakers the 2nd language should be French, for French native speakers the 2nd language should be German or Spanish). Please note, a very small number of places are available each year for graduates with French only or French and Italian plus GCSE mathematics, science and English. A minimum of 1 day recent observation at a comprehensive school. Entry is subject to satisfactory interview to assess professional suitability and subject to successful medical and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance. Applicants must be provisionally registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE).

Course modules

Modules include: Enabling learning; meeting curriculum challenges; becoming a teacher.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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