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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Modern Foreign Languages - French (PGCE)

There has never been a more pressing and exciting time to teach languages and we aim to promote and extend pupils' experiences so that they are ready to be citizens of our globalised world.

We want to prepare passionate linguists who will encourage more pupils into language learning and who are ready to meet the challenges set out by the Welsh Government's Global Futures strategic document.

The PGCE pathway in Modern Foreign Languages prepares you to teach your main target language to pupils aged 11-18 and, where applicable, your subsidiary language to pupils aged 11-14.

You will be given the opportunity to take part in high quality interaction and critical reflection in order to develop your expertise in teaching and learning.

Our highly-rated pathway will support you in developing high linguistic levels, imaginative and creative approaches to classroom teaching and will enhance your digital expertise.

Bilingualism and plural language development are tools of our trade, and you will have the opportunity to participate in research and conference activities.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree
Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject.

GCSE qualifications
Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics .

Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh (first language).

Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh.

A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications
If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced.

Work Experience
You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks.

Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service

Course modules


The content of the programme has been grouped under four module headings:
• The Learner – who am I teaching?
• Learners, schools and communities – where am I teaching?
• Researching the learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on research)
• Leading the Learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on subject discipline in practice)

Organising the modules in this way means that you will be able to focus on the pupil and take full account of the wider context that impact on education.

You will also be able to ensure that your classroom-based practice draws on a sound research base.

This means that our programme will challenge you both practically and intellectually at the same time.

Assessment methods

The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include:
• Case studies
• Portfolios
• Video presentation
• Research Project
All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people.

Award of QTS
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to those student teachers who have fully met the professional teacher standards for QTS.

This aspect of the programme is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a professional dialogue with a specialist mentor and tutor.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU) Years
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 11,000 per (International) Years

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