University of Chester

University of Chester

Secondary Education (Modern Languages, German)

This course attracts 60 credits at Master's level; the course is designated 11-16 with the option of receiving enhancement at either primary or post 16 level; the successful completion of the programme enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) subject to passing skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information communication technology (ICT).

Entry requirements

Minimum 2nd Class Honours degree in 1 or more modern foreign language; the main language the student is offering to teach must comprise at least 40 per cent 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; it is advisable to be able to offer a 2nd foreign language which does not have to be at an advanced level; if the student does not have a 2nd language the student may be asked to complete a French or German extension course at a neighbouring institution prior to starting their PGCE; GCSEs: applicants must have gained GCSE grade C or above in mathematics and English language (or equivalent); school experience: 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; it offers an opportunity to brush up on 2nd language proficiency and collect resources for use in the classroom; subject enrichment week is self financed; school experience: students are allocated to 2 schools from the University's secondary school partnership, in which they are expected to complete their training, and where they can 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 closely 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

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PGCE Secondary Admissions
Telephone number: 
01244 511000