The PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages course is one year full-time. It prepares you for a career as a specialist teacher of Modern Languages in secondary schools. The course aims to extend your subject knowledge application in Modern Foreign Languages, enabling you to teach across the 11 to 18 age range. We are looking to train French, German and Spanish language teachers.
The Modern Foreign Languages course has a strong emphasis on the use of ICT in the teaching of languages and encourages you to develop innovative approaches to teaching languages in schools; it is practical in nature and there are strong links with partner schools where mentors become involved in the University based studies. Students on the Modern Foreign Languages course generally come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures and this adds to the richness of the provision.
Our PGCE Secondary courses were graded Good with Outstanding features in 2012. Key strengths that Ofsted identified include:
The course provides a fast learning curve moving from theoretical ideas to practical teaching and learning strategies that can be applied in the classroom. As a trainee, you will need lots of enthusiasm to match that of the pupils they teach and university tutors that they work with.
The course will:
Studies in your specialist subject (includes Professional Studies)
A structured programme of subject teaching methodology and application workshops and seminars. You will develop the knowledge and skills required to teach your chosen subject. You will be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children's learning in the selected subject, through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering an effective curriculum and as transferable skills. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach your subject effectively.
Professional studies: This is a programme of lectures and seminars focusing on contemporary issues in education and professional development. This part of the programme takes place partly at the University and partly at school by lectures, workshops and seminars to mixed subject groups.
You will find this an intensive 36-week, five-days-a-week programme, during which you will also have directed work to carry out during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods.
This module aims to prepare students during their first school experience. It develops their preparation skills and enables collaboration with their fellow students, subject mentors, and professional co-ordinating mentors. Students learn to address and meet the expectations specified by the statutory teaching standards. The school-based element of this module lasts for approximately 50 days.
This module encourages students to build on the experience gained in School Experience 1. It aims to provide an extended, individual school experience across the age ranges 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19. Students undertake 74 days of teaching across a six-month period, so that they can address the standards specified by the Teachers' Standards.
We may make offers subject to completion of an SKE course if you have the following:
As schools are looking for teachers who can offer two languages, competence in a second modern foreign language is desirable.
You will also need to pass a criminal records check for entry onto this course.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success. However if you haven't passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date. Please visit our dedicated webpage for further information about how to prepare and book for the professional skills tests.
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Invites will be sent by email, so please check your email account regularly, including the spam folders.
If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and police check requirements. Your offer will also be conditional subject to passing the Department for Education professional skills tests by a nominated date, in the event that you have not already passed the skills tests at the time of the interview.
Please click here to apply via the UCAS website. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is N1X1.
Once you have applied, our admission team will then consider your application, and we will contact you to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
Our Careers Service offers you a range of support both while you’re studying with us – and after you’ve graduated.
Work placements are integral to the PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages degree. Our course is well-known for having a strong and committed partnership with local schools, whose mentors and class teachers train with the University. As a student, you will have the opportunity for rich and varied placements in the multilingual, multicultural and multifaith schools.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.
Eleanor Prescott recently completed a PGCE Secondary in Modern Foreign Languages at Middlesex University. Having run a Spanish capital markets business at a major international bank, Eleanor followed her ambition to be an excellent teacher.
'Most recently I ran the Spanish Capital Markets business at Bank of America. I was involved in the new issue/origination of bonds into the Euro, Sterling and US dollar bond markets, covering predominantly companies that needed to raise money to finance their businesses.
'I realised the importance of learning how to teach and believed that it wasn’t sufficient just to know your subject, it was critical to know how to teach your subject. These were the skills that I was looking for the PGCE to give me. '
'The PGCE as a postgraduate course requires a lot more self-sufficiency that an undergraduate course. You need to take control of meeting the requirements. Your tutor will guide you but they’re not there to spoon feed you.'
'(I want to be)...an excellent teacher and make a valuable contribution to my new employer and the kids at the school at which I am going to work. In the longer term I would like to pursue a career in management within education and can definitely see myself aiming at a headship in the years to come. I would also like to become very involved with the non-academic (extra) curricular activities that are on offer to students in schools.'
'I particularly enjoyed the diversity of the school experiences - a school in Herts, the other in Ilford. Very different and contrasting schools which gave me a good sense of the variety within the education system.
'No one is more surprised than me how much I enjoy teaching and working with young people and how rewarding this career is compared to my last one'.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
£9,000 per year full time
£11,000 per year full time
UK/EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan which covers your fees and is only repayable after your graduate. In addition, UK students may be eligible for additional grants and loans. Visit our postgraduate funding page to find out more.
Generous Department for Education bursaries of up to £20,000 are available for eligible UK/EU students. Please visit our postgraduate bursary page for further details.
All students on ITT (Initial Teacher Training) courses must pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the commencement of the course. We strongly encourage candidates to complete the tests prior to applying to Middlesex University. Candidates who are invited to interview and attend the interview having successfully completed the tests will be viewed favourably.
1. Complete a practice test (make use of the support materials), this will enable you to identify your areas of strength and areas for development.
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3. If you are applying for BA Primary Education and are currently at school or college, ask your tutors for support.