University of Leeds School of Education

University of Leeds

Secondary Education (Modern Foreign Languages)

PGCE Modern Foreign Languages will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach modern foreign languages across the full 11-18 Secondary age range. The programme will enable you to develop teaching strategies and the knowledge, skills and practical experience you need to succeed in the classroom, including how to design and construct teaching materials, organise pupil interaction and make the most of ICT. Our course allows you to offer French, German or Spanish as individual teaching languages, or to combine these with a 2nd language (French, German or Spanish). In order to study the 2nd language, you would normally have Common European Framework B1 or B2 qualification, equivalent to a UK AS or A level, in that language and, ideally, some residence in the relevant country. Applicants who pass French, German or Spanish Extension Programmes and other similar programmes are also eligible. For your 2nd teaching language, we provide a series of workshops to help you enhance your competence and confidence in this language.Your studies will be supported by a series of 'core interactive inputs' with linked workshops covering issues such as modern languages in the National Curriculum, lesson planning, the development of language skills, learning strategies, inclusion and new trends in public examinations.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent qualification, of which half the content should relate to MFL. Alternatively, you can be a native speaker from the country where the language of study is spoken and hold an undergraduate degree. At least 1 good A Level pass in the language(s) you wish to study. Experience of working with the 11-18 age range. If you are applying to study Spanish with French as a 2nd language, German with French as a 2nd language, or French with German as a 2nd language, you may need to take an extension course if you do not hold the 2nd language at an appropriate level.

Plus: English language and mathematics GCSEs (or equivalent) with grade C or higher; satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau (or, for candidates from overseas, the equivalent level of clearance); possess the appropriate qualities, values and attitudes expected of a teacher; be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English; meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.

Course modules

Secondary Practical Teaching covers your work placements in 2 partnership schools where you will acquire direct teaching experience. You will have the opportunity to work with teachers and children in both Secondary Key Stages and post-16. Secondary Educational and Professional Studies: Practice, Theory and Research (1) and Secondary Educational and Professional Studies: Practice, theory and research (2) engage with the contemporary educational and professional issues related to the 11 to 18 age range. You will focus upon the relationship between theory, research evidence and practice, and explore the practical aspects of teaching and learning, such as assessment, differing learning styles, classroom organisation and behaviour management. These 2 modules support and complement the Secondary Modern Languages module and closely link to your placement work. Secondary Modern Foreign Languages reinforces your own knowledge and understanding of languages, and investigates the principles and concepts of 'best practice' for teaching, learning and assessment in modern foreign languages. You will acquire the ability to plan, teach and manage foreign language lessons to National Curriculum requirements, and learn to communicate the value of language learning and assess the learning impact of your own lessons.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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