University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Secondary Education (Modern Languages)

Teachers need to be able to draw on a wide range of ideas, skills and materials to make their subject relevant and effective across the full range of ages and abilities; trainees following this course are encouraged to explore a wide range of creative and systematic approaches to teaching, covering the 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), as well as focusing on the role of grammar, cultural awareness and new technologies in language teaching; the course is built upon principles of inclusion and equality of opportunity in teaching and learning for all students whatever their potential and achievements; trainees are also encouraged to develop an attitude of critical enquiry and see themselves as teachers who research their classrooms so that they make informed choices in all that they do; trainees experience a variety of teaching methods including whole class teaching, structured group work and individual or pair work; there is a strong emphasis on active learning through discussion, presentations, peer-tutoring, research, independent study and writing; throughout the course, trainees study different methods of assessment and how they support classroom learning and teaching; in seminars and workshops, the integral relationship between educational theory and teaching methodology is explored; trainees are encouraged to reflect critically on their experiences as learners and teachers and to begin to develop a rationale for their classroom practice.

Entry requirements

Honours degree required, and GCSE grade C (minimum) or equivalent in English language and mathematics; applicants should offer 2 languages either French or German together with subsidiary language chosen from French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish; it is expected that all applicants for a PGCE course have undertaken at least 5-10 days recent work experience or observation in a mainstream UK state school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges for their course choice, and be able to draw on this experience in their application.

Course modules

Subject teaching: focusing on the curriculum, principles and practice of teaching the subject; professional studies: the professional role of the teacher and aspects of teaching which are relevant to the whole school; professional placement: 24 weeks spread across 3 terms; trainees are placed in at least 2 contrasting partnership secondary schools, gradually taking on more responsibility for class teaching as the year progresses.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 22,674 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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