PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Leeds Trinity University College
In Leeds

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OverviewThis PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach Modern Foreign Languages in secondary schools. Leeds Trinity University offers Initial Teacher Training courses in a number of subject areas. Students are registered for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7), and are recommended for the award of QTS to the DfE/NCTL.

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Where and when

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Brownberrie Lane, LS18 5HD, West Yorkshire, England
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· What are the objectives of this course?

Course BenefitsLeeds Trinity PGCE courses are well-established, with a longstanding reputation for excellence. Trainees do well on our courses, gain employment and progress in their careers. The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Modern Foreign Languages programme offers well-structured training to teach pupils across the age and ability range in a diversity of schools, denominational and non–denominational. Taught university training is provided by classroom experienced subject experts. University tutors are dedicated to supporting you throughout the course and into your first job as a teacher. The employment rate of our students is extremely high and graduates have readily obtained teaching posts across the UK as well as within our partnership schools. The course qualifies you to teach French, German or Spainish at 11–16 with some post-16 enhancement​, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at Key Stage 3, 4 or at Advanced Level. All PGCE trainees also complete postgraduate modules during the course, so taking the first steps towards gaining a masters' degree. ​

· Requirements

A good honours degree (2ii or above) with a significant proportion of MFL study. Native speakers of their specialist language should have a good honours degree with a significant proportion of English study or the study of a related subject.​GCSE Grade C (or accepted equivalent) English and Mathematics. We offer our GCSE equivalency tests to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have these qualifications.Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.Commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to that...

What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

The programme runs for&#; weeks from September to July. At least weeks of training is school-based. There are three stages of training&#;
  • STAGE 1 is based at both Leeds Trinity University and in your first placement school. This stage establishes the foundation of knowledge and understanding necessary for you to benefit from school-based training. This training comprises Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy; Professional Learning and Teaching in the st century; Assessed Block 1 and undertaking your first Masters-level module in Supporting Individual Needs. It also seeks to provide the basic skills necessary for you to function as a teacher.
  • STAGE 2 is based at your second placement school (Assessed Block 2) and assesses your ability to transfer competence from one school to another and improve in your abilities to meet the QTS standards. You will also begin work on your Subject Knowledge and Applied Pedagogy assessment, as well as undertake initial work on your second Masters assignment in Planning for Progression.
  • STAGE 3 is based still at your second placement school (Assessed Block 3) and assesses your ability to meet and excel within the QTS standards. You will also complete all work on your Subject Knowledge and Applied Pedagogy, as well as completing work on your second Masters assignment in Planning for Progression.
School-Based Training (Stages 2 and 3)
Leeds Trinity University has partnerships with schools across the West Yorkshire region (Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield) and further afield. Placements are negotiated with schools and trainees so that they take account of the personal circumstances of trainees.

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Course InformationThis PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach Modern Foreign Languages in secondary schools. The programme is for graduates of French, German or Spanish who wish to teach in secondary schools.  Although the course provides a final qualification in one language only, during the course you can have experience in the classroom in a second language. The secondary programme will prepare you to teach within the secondary age phase.

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