University of Bristol

Secondary Education (Modern Languages)

The School of Education is an Ofsted 'Outstanding Provider' and offers a one year programme for graduates leading to the award of PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education).

On the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) programme you will have a wide range of experiences and opportunities that will enable you to develop and enhance your teaching skills, your language skills and your insight into the language learning process.

Our programme is an intensive and rigorous one; we want to send you out as confident professionals who are equipped to meet the challenges of the languages classroom. The balance of challenge and support on the course was commented on by our most recent Ofsted report which noted ‘outstanding outcomes are closely linked to the quality of training’. In last summers’ evaluations 96 per cent of MFL students rated the overall quality of their training as Very Good or Good.

Here are some of the key features of the Bristol MFL PGCE course:

  • Seminars and lectures which are regularly updated to remain aligned to the latest research and policy.
  • Opportunities to study additional languages while on the course (Chinese, Italian to GCSE, twilight Latin module in the summer).
  • Dedicated training in the use of ICT in MFL teaching.
  • Dedicated tutors for each language (French, German, Spanish) and workshops conducted in the target language.
  • Strong focus on development of language skills through auditing and peer to peer support.
  • High employability rates
  • A range of opportunities to develop creative and innovative teaching.
  • A strong emphasis on collaboration and team work.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have two foreign languages, although only one of these needs be to final degree level or equivalent. We also accept applications from native speakers who have a degree in another subject. Most places are for combinations of French, Spanish and German, since these are the main languages taught in UK schools. A few places are available for French or German with Italian or for single linguists, mainly those offering French.

Most applicants who are successful have a first class or 2.1 degree, although we may, in exceptional circumstances, admit those with a 2.2 who perform particularly well at interview.


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

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School of Education, University of Bristol
PGCE Office, School of Education
School of Education, University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
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+44 (0) 117 331 4103