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University of Chichester

Primary: Modern Languages (PGCE)

This 39-week route is a development of the successful PGCE Primary Education course. The specialist route in Modern Languages is focused on Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 years). This route addresses the national requirement for primary children to be taught a Modern Language and will be ideal for those graduates who wish to teach primary age children while retaining a focus on languages.

Entry requirements

  • All applicants must have GCSE passes in English, Maths and Science at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • All applicants must have a suitable Honours degree (usually upper second class or above)
  • Your personal statement is important; it should convince us that you are serious about teaching as a career.
  • Reference to any experience you have of observation or working in a primary school. All applicants need to have a minimum of 2 weeks experience in an appropriate school before interview.
  • As well as the general PGCE admissions criteria, students on the Modern Language route will usually also need to have an A2 or above in French or Spanish at grade A -C (or the equivalent) and the ability to be sufficiently proficient in that language to carry out training requirements and teaching within a primary placement. If you do not meet these entry requirements but are keen to follow the MFL specialism, please contact the module tutor Elaine Minett.
  • Evidence of proficiency will be sought at interview.

Course modules

  • Professional Studies
  • Core Curriculum Studies (English, Mathematics, Science)
  • Foundation Curriculum Studies (e.g. History, PE, ICT, MFL etc.)
  • Specialist Module: Teaching and Learning in Modern Languages.
  • School Experience

School experience

For MFL students, there is the option of spending four weeks of the overall school experience in a placement abroad teaching in their chosen language.

We currently offer placements for speakers of French (teaching in French-speaking Belgium) and Spanish (teaching in Tenerife).

A typical pattern of school experience would be:

  • Autumn term - Eight weeks paired school experience (school A)
  • Spring term - Four weeks school experience abroad plus a two week enhanced placement focusing on the teaching of English
  • Summer term - Ten week school experience (school B)
  • Students will teach their foreign language for a minimum of one hour per week in school B.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments. To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.


DBS check
PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience
Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area).

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 39 Weeks

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