University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Secondary Education (Modern Languages: German)

The course equips trainees with the necessary skills and knowledge to teach modern languages across the secondary age range; including some opportunities to know more about 16-19 teaching; candidates should note that the majority of schools in the Southampton partnership serve 11-6 cohorts and access to post-16 experience is limited to guest speakers; independent inquiries and observations in the main; the course seeks to equip students to teach French; German or Spanish as a means of communication to pupils of a range of ages and abilities, within the framework of the national curriculum; the approach is practical and participatory; after an initial exploration of essential principles; techniques and classroom activities; students are encouraged to organise lessons which make use of both published materials and individual creativity; opportunities exist to teach a second language; university tutors and school mentors help students develop their teaching skills in modern languages through a range of approaches; workshops; seminars; lectures and demonstrations; simulations and micro-teaching activities; independent and group research; these focus principally on the four essential skills of language learning; listening; speaking; reading and writing; the central focus of the course is on teaching modern languages in a challenging yet accessible way and understanding how children learn; the university-based sessions often consist of practical workshops; where students can develop languages skills as well as learn the pedagogical knowledge needed to teach; opportunities are provided to develop information technology (ICT) skills and ideas for using them to enhance modern foreign language learning; in school students are supported by their curriculum mentor who organise their school experience and support students through observation and discussion at weekly meetings and at other times.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree in a relevant subject (requires at least 50 per cent of the degree in German) awarded by a British university or by the CNAA or an equivalent qualification; mature students with relevant previous classroom experience but a lower degree class is also considered; GCSE passes (grades A-C) or the equivalent in English language and mathematics; enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Record Bureau; medical assessment; interview.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

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PGCE Secondary Office
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023 8059 3473