MFL is a government priority with training bursaries available and this course has an excellent reputation. There is a growing need for high calibre language teachers and as such our trainees are very employable. Where appropriate, sessions are conducted in the relevant target language. Trainees take a course of supporting study, including English as an additional language (EAL) and special educational needs (SEN). We also provide subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses to support graduates who would benefit from intensive MFL tuition before joining a PGCE MFL initial teacher training programme. Please download our printable SKE (course) leaflet for further details.
Year of entry 2013
Length 1 year
Location Didsbury Campus, Manchester
School placements are central to the course and 24 of the 36 weeks will be spent in school. As an intending teacher, you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community. Your placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.
The duration of this one year full time programme is 36 weeks (September to June). 24 weeks will be spent in school and 12 weeks in university.
In addition to your main language, you will take one of the other two languages as your second language. You will be prepared to teach your main language throughout the 11-18 age range. In your second language, you will be prepared to teach up to either key stage 3 or key stage 4/GCSE, according to qualifications and linguistic competence. Where possible, we take into consideration other languages you may have.
This course enables you to acquire and develop language teaching skills. You will become aware of the needs of pupils of different abilities and of the goals and methods appropriate to them. You will be prepared for a wide variety of teaching situations by observing good practice in schools, by the use of DVDs, through discussions, peer teaching and practical workshops and through intensive practical teaching to a range of abilities. Feedback from experienced teachers and tutors facilitates your professional development.
Classroom management skills are given high priority both at the University and during school placements. Equally, an emphasis is placed upon careful planning, and you will develop the skills of linguistic analysis and sequencing.
You will learn how to teach both the spoken and written language, how to approach teaching grammar and how to plan for using the target language in the classroom. The course aims to develop a thoughtful and critical approach to the relationship between teaching strategies and the pupils' language learning in the classroom. You will learn how to assess and evaluate pupils' learning and how to use this in future planning. Other issues that form part of the course include language acquisition, cultural background, global citizenship, equal opportunities.
There are two elements of assessment:
In addition there are several course completion requirements:
On succcessful completion you will achieve the standards for the University award of PGCE.
Assessments are an integral part of the learning process, helping you to enter your first appointment with confidence.
Trainees will be prepared to teach in a range of different schools, varied in social context, size, philosophy and intake. Posts now also offer scope for Modern Foreign Language teaching in primary schools, to support the 2010 introduction of languages for all primary school children. Many graduates also take up mentoring of new trainee teachers.
There are also opportunities for further study. The PGCE MFL course includes 60 Masters Level CAT ponts which can be credited to our MA Language Education for teachers wishing to develop expertise teaching bilingual learners, English as first language and MFL.
2:2 or above, containing substantial study of your main language or equivalent.
Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school.
English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above.
Pre-Entry QTS Skills Tests
Candidates applying for 2013 entry will need to sit pre-entry tests in English and Maths. No unconditional offer will be made until both QTS skills tests have been passed. You are therefore strongly advised to have passed these tests prior to interview. If you are offered a place conditional on passing these tests, they should be completed within 6 weeks of the offer to satisfy this aspect of the condition. For late applications, priority will be given to those who have already passed the tests.
See http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional for further details, including interactive practice material.
Further information can also be found on our website:-
CRB & Health
All prospective PGCE candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure and a Fitness to Teach health form.
Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.