University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Secondary Education (Modern Languages)

The course aims to develop the necessary skills to teach modern languages effectively and make learning experiences for young people enjoyable and varied. It also seeks to foster a professional attitude amongst student teachers as well as a critical awareness of key issues of policy and practice underpinned by relevant evidence. Where students' main specialism is a language other than French, given curriculum patterns in schools, students should offer French as a teaching language up to Key Stage 3. In addition to placing an emphasis on the key principles of modern languages teaching and learning, the course explores in depth the role of (digital) technologies in supporting teaching and learning and it focuses on the international dimension of the curriculum. Students complete 2 secondary school placements during the year.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree or above in a modern foreign language (French, German, Spanish or Italian) and a good knowledge of a 2nd modern foreign language from those listed above, eg a good A-level or equivalent. GCSE grade C in English and mathematics. Students whose 1st language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C in English need a valid IELTS certificate with an average score of 6.0 or better. Recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK secondary school. Criminal Records Bureau check, medical check, interview and test.

Course modules

Language acquisition and language learning; the methodology of teaching modern languages; planning, conducting and assessing learning; instructional materials design; exploring key issues such as motivation and notions of culture in language learning through innovative methodologies; embedding principles and practical approaches of mobile learning in the learning of languages; continuity and progression of modern languages through the key stages; the role of the teacher within the school and the wider children's workforce; self-reflection and personal career development.

Assessment methods

There are course assignments, but no formal examinations, and the continuous assessment of teaching is based on achieving the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status specified in the most recent government documentation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bedford Campus Bedford MK41 9EA South East

Key information

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