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Modern Languages (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
12 September 2023

About this course

Learn to be a fully qualified teacher of French, German or Spanish on this Modern Languages PGCE Secondary course. You’ll divide your time between the University of Southampton and school placements as you develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to teach the subject to pupils aged 11 to 16 (Key Stages 3 and 4). With this qualification you’ll be able to work in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.

On this Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course we’ll train you to teach all secondary school pupils within the UK’s National Curriculum for Languages framework. 

You’ll learn the best techniques for teaching young people to listen, speak, read and write in a foreign language, and to appreciate other cultures. 

During this course you’ll: 

  • develop awareness of the place of modern languages in British schools 
  • learn how to plan and teach within curriculum guidelines 
  • think critically about the language teaching and learning 
  • explore and assess different teaching styles to develop your own method and skills 

Through university sessions and placement practice you’ll also learn essential skills such as: 

  • managing the classroom 
  • monitoring and assessing pupils 
  • teaching inclusively 

You'll put what you’ve learned into practice through placements at 2 schools in or near Southampton. You'll spend at least 120 days on placement. You’ll start by observing lessons and working with small groups of students. When you’re ready, you’ll get your first experience of teaching the whole class. You’ll have the support of a school-based mentor throughout this time. 

You’ll develop your subject-specific skills and best practice in your sessions at the University. You’ll use also this time to prepare for your placements, and evaluate your school-based work.

Course lead

Your course leader is Kathryn Broom, Senior Teaching Fellow within Southampton Education School.


Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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