University of Reading

University of Reading

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish)

Are you interested in teaching modern foreign languages to the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales? This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Modern Foreign Language course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The programme has consistently been judged as excellent in both internal and external reviews, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best modern foreign language courses in the country. Your tutors are a diverse and experienced community of academics with wide practical experience in schools and international reputations as experts in the field of Modern Foreign Language teaching and learning. The PGCE will provide you with a theoretical framework for language teaching closely integrated with practical advice on the preparation and delivery of effective and engaging language lessons. Assignments are designed to help you to plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. You will be taught through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. Sessions may include participating in workshop style sessions with your peers; attending presentations by subject experts; working on tasks in groups; having individual tutorials; visits to schools or other education settings;visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest; and writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies. We also have an incredible collection of teaching and research resources housed in the Learning Hub. **Placements** Develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers, build your confidence in the classroom, gain practical teaching experience and expand your professional network. At Secondary level we have strong relationships with around 80 schools in the local and surrounding area. Most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education. On your Secondary PGCE course, you carry out three placements in two different age groups. Two placements must be undertaken in a school setting but the third can be taken in a different setting, allowing you to sample teaching in an alternative environment. We offer our students an unusually flexible and broad range of settings and educational environments - you will have the opportunity to gain experience in special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums, and charities. You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your course to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in observation of other teachers, planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups, reflecting on and evaluating your teaching, receiving feedback on your teaching, gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers **School Direct** This subject is also available via School Direct as well as the University-based route. Those students following a School Direct route may be studying for a PGCE or for QTS only. However, all students come together as a subject group in University sessions. Those taking the PGCE will spend more time in the University than those taking the QTS-only course. The PGCE will involve writing assignments that are designed to help trainees to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate their developing knowledge and skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. Successful completion will result in 60 Masters-level credits. **Careers** The majority of our graduates go into schools and inspire children to develop into happy confident and well-informed individuals. Or you could take your educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C (or 4) or above in GCSE mathematics, science and English or equivalent. You will need to have spent some time observing practice in a maintained secondary school, pass the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) skills tests and undertake a criminal record and occupational health check. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Sample modules include: * The reflective teacher * Action research

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (Wales) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (Scotland) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 16,070 per Whole course (International) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (England) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (EU) 10 Months
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
London Road Campus RG1 5AQ South East

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