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Secondary Education (Modern Languages: German) PGCE

The PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) offers a course in German to graduates who are keen and eager both to bring to life the German language and the cultures of the German-speaking countries which they themselves love, and to nurture a life-long interest in language learning in their pupils. The course enables you to explore the exciting challenges that face both teachers and learners of the German language in Britain today, the strategies for language acquisition in all its practical skills and the need for cultural awareness within the European dimension.

The University-based term offers a solid grounding in the communicative approach to language teaching, which also puts emphasis on language as structure, as recommended in the National Curriculum. This part of the course includes interactive, practical workshops and seminars, peer teaching and assessment, subject-specific lectures,small group work and discussions. The school-based terms are spent in MFL departments in a wide range of schools across the South West.

The 2010 Ofsted inspection acknowledged the quality of the training provision by experienced practitioners and has been impressed by the coherent link established between the professional studies element and the MFL module as well as the high quality support given to students.

Provision is made for students to develop competence in French or Spanish as a second teaching MFL and prospective trainees are expected to have some grounding in one of these two languages prior to the start of the PGCE course. The use of Information and Communications Technology is developed to enhance the future teacher's own skills as well as to contribute to the preparation for effective MFL teaching in the 21st century.

The programme lasts 36 weeks and consists of University-based studies and school-based work.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have a good Honours degree in German (minimum of a 2.2). Other qualifications of degree level equivalence will be considered, e.g. Final Diploma of Institute of Linguists. Native speakers of German should hold a qualification equivalent to a UK degree at a minimum of 2:2, usually a minimum of 3 years of study at an institution of Higher Education. The qualifications can be in any subject, since they have, by definition, the necessary language skills. An OU degree or other degree qualification in a subject other than a foreign language may be acceptable if the applicant can show at interview that residence abroad or other relevant experience has developed appropriate competence in the foreign language. Some further enquiry may be necessary in such cases to ensure adequate written competence and cultural awareness.

Trainees in French, German and Spanish must have a second language (even if only at beginners' level) as this will help with the provision of placements, as well as finding a teaching post . However candidates offering only one language are encouraged to still apply for a place on the course. If successful, and as a condition of their offer, applicants without a second modern language will be directed to apply for Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) funding from the DfE to complete an SKE course in a second language course prior to the PGCE course starting. SKE is also available in applicants’ first language provided they already have a reasonably strong second language. As part of the offer, the Subject Leader will provide information on appropriate courses to attend.

Applicants ideally need to have one week's experience in a UK state secondary school prior to interview. If this is not possible because an applicant is living abroad, please contact PGCE Admissions to enable us to consider applications on an individual basis.

Course modules

The programme has three fully integrated components:

Secondary Education and Professional Studies Module
The Professional Studies component introduces you to key educational ideas and principles within a range of educational contexts. The module is followed throughout the year with both University and school-based elements and is concerned with classroom issues, whole school issues and the role of education in the wider society.

Secondary Professional Learning Module
Central to school-based work is the development of your ability to meet the standards of professional competence which trainees must demonstrate in order to meet national standards for the award of QTS.

Secondary German Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy Module
The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of German in the secondary school, and to enable them to meet the Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (DfES 2002).

Assessment methods

Through University and school-based assignments. There are no formal exams.

Students are also required to pass the Government's numeracy and literacy tests prior to the course.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 36 Weeks
PGCE Full-time £ 16,500 (Whole course) International 36 Weeks

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