University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton

Secondary Education (Modern Foreign Languages)

The course is for applicants who want to become a teacher of French, German or Spanish and have a passion for languages. It will prepare them to plan and deliver motivating lessons to pupils 11-16 and provide opportunities to begin to develop teaching of sixth form pupils. As a trainee teacher you will be introduced to the theory and practice of modern language teaching that will enable you to examine a variety of approaches that underpin effective teaching, learning and assessment. The course aims to develop competent, reflective and professionally aware teachers, who can respond positively to the individual learning needs of young people in school. Alongside the development of your own subject knowledge, you will develop an awareness of how children learn a language and how, as a teacher, you can help pupils to develop their language skills. It will prepare you to deliver the National Curriculum Programme of Study and to teach effectively and creatively.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 degree or higher, with at least 50% of the degree content related to your foreign language (one of French, German or Spanish). Applicants should have confident command of at least one of French, German or Spanish, normally acquired through a sustained period of study or work abroad. Native speakers of French, German or Spanish must have a related degree (e.g. in their native language, English, or another foreign language) and a very high level of written and spoken competence in English. Applicants who have a joint degree in languages and business e.g. French and marketing or Spanish and tourism management, and who can demonstrate the above levels of linguistic competence in at least 1 foreign language are also welcome to apply. Many of our trainees have a 2nd language at a similar or lower level to their 1st foreign language. Whilst this is advantageous it is not essential. As with all secondary teacher training courses, students must have GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Ideally applicants should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school, in 6 form context in England either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/observation or be in the process of trying to gain this.

Course modules

Over the 1 year course, you undertake 2 periods of university based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between 2 different schools; a university tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers; all course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. Typical modules may include: study of the principles of effective teaching and learning; observation of teaching; progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Wolverhampton WV1 1SB West Midlands

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