University of Chester

University of Chester

Secondary Education (Modern Languages, French with German)

Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information communication technology (ICT); the programme is intended to produce teachers of the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement age range who are reflective practitioners.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours degree in 1 or more foreign languages; the main language the trainee is offering to teach must comprise at least 40 percent of the degree course; consideration is given to candidates with a degree in a relevant subject who are able to demonstrate language skills of near-native speaker competence; applications are welcome from native speakers with a degree in a relevant subject and a good level of competence in English; applicants are favoured if they can offer a 2nd foreign language which does not have to be at an advanced level; if the applicant does not have a 2nd language, they may be asked to complete a French or German extension course at a neighbouring institution prior to starting their PGCE; applicants must have gained GCSE grade C or above in mathematics and English language (or equivalent); applicants are expected to spend the equivalent of 2 weeks in a state secondary school prior to the commencement of the course in order to be able to reflect upon the process of education through the observation of language lessons and by working with pupils.

Course modules

Subject enrichment week: this falls in the block between the 2 school placements; the purpose of this week is to consolidate and extend particular aspects of subject knowledge; modern foreign languages trainees pursue individually directed work in their chosen countries; many choose to visit schools abroad to look at how languages are taught; this experience offers the opportunity to brush up on 2nd language proficiency; subject enrichment week is self financed; school experience: trainees are allocated 2 schools from the University's secondary school partnership, in which they are expected to complete their training, and where they demonstrate standards for the award of QTS; these 2 substantial school placements of 60 days each are framed by relevant University sessions, and progress is monitored by a mentor at the school supported by a subject tutor.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Lesson observation feedback; development of subject knowledge; assignments and the submission of professional files.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

Key information

PGCE Secondary Admissions
Telephone number: 
01244 511000