University of York

University of York

Secondary Education (Modern Foreign Languages: German with Spanish)

The aims of the modern foreign language curriculum area programme include: providing trainees with a knowledge of the principles of language teaching and learning; familiarising trainees with the demands of the national curriculum and current assessment requirements; showing trainees how to plan, deliver and evaluate lessons which are appropriate to pupils' differing needs and abilities; developing practical classroom skills; challenging set views on modern foreign language teaching and encouraging trainees to be reflective practitioners; familiarising trainees with a range of materials including information communication technology available and developing supplementary materials for classroom use; fostering a team spirit of mutual cooperation and support between trainees; the course gives all trainees the opportunity to acquire a sound methodological approach to modern foreign language teaching; the course includes formal presentations, whole and small group discussions and practical workshop sessions; the pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills; university tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences; to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading; the main phases of school experience currently are: An initial primary school placement; a 2 days per week autumn term placement, plus a 4-week mini-block teaching placement; a 15-week block teaching placement during most of the spring term and the early part of the summer term; a period of professional enrichment during the summer term; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject; all entrants must have qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above or equivalent; an offer of a place on the course may be conditional on attending an extension or enhancement course to improve applicants' subject knowledge; admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure.

Assessment methods

The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves; assessment is continuous, there are no final examinations; all trainees also have to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy set by the Teaching Agency in order to be awarded a qualified teaching certificate.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Alcuin College York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Telephone number: 
01904 433454