Languages are compulsory in primary schools - Guardian 2013
St Luke’s is a lovely, historic place to spend the first few months of the course before beginning teaching placements. I am convinced that the training I had in my specialism area during those first few months is how I succeeded in obtaining my first teaching job.
Hannah Jack, Primary Modern Foreign Languages
PGCE Primary with Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German)
Trainees following the Primary Modern Languages pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary modern languages.
The aim of this pathway is to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to teach a modern foreign language effectively and creatively within the primary curriculum. In particular, the programme focuses on the role that languages play in relation to their inclusion as a statutory element of the National Curriculum, focusing on good practice as outlined in the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages. You will be encouraged to develop your reflective and analytical skills both as a professional practitioner and as a languages specialist. The programme is taught mainly through seminars, workshops and school placements that enable you to develop your specialism.
School placements will be based in Key Stage 2, reflecting the statutory nature of the subject in this Key Stage. However, the programme covers teaching and learning from 5-11 and, once qualified, you will be eligible to teach across the primary age range.
The course consists of approximately 30 hours of seminars and workshops with a primary languages focus, including:
- the history of primary languages and how this relates to current practice
- an examination of the KS2 Framework for Languages
- how children learn a foreign language
- knowledge about language
- primary languages pedagogy
- the role of the Subject Co-ordinator
- raising the profile of languages in schools
- practical ideas for language activities in the classroom
- peer teaching
- links with other areas of the primary curriculum
- the contribution languages can make to the primary curriculum
- teaching languages to children with special educational needs and for whom English is an additional language
We provide unrivalled opportunities for trainees to achieve through our highly original Exeter Teaching Model. The programme runs over three terms with each term providing progressively more school-based work training.
By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements. The taught element is made up of timetabled seminars, lectures and self-directed study. You will be asked to work individually and as part of small and larger groups.
Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.
During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Lead Mentor who works as an expert partner, and a Reflective Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.
You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as a Early Career Teacher (ECT).
The PGCE is a Masters level programme and once you have achieved QTS, you can continue your studies during your first year of teaching and work towards achieving a Masters in Education.
What are we looking for in an applicant?
We are looking for applicants with a 2:1 or above in their first degree. We expect applicants to have at least good A level French, Spanish or German, preferably to degree level, or to have spent time living in a French, Spanish or German-speaking country. Some experience of a second language would be an advantage, but is not essential.
While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through the DfE Apply system for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information. Diverse teachers enrich schools and pupils' experiences and we value diversity in schools and encourage potential teachers from a range of backgrounds to consider applying.
We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.
Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C (or equivalent) are required. Please note that although the DfE requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C in Science.
All applications for entry to our PGCE programmes must be made through the DfE's Apply service at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training.
An academic reference is required from any institution of Higher Education that you have attended within the last five years. Please note: if an academic reference is not submitted then this will cause a delay in the processing of your application.
For further details on the application process, please see our Interview Pages.
We recommend you:
- apply as early as possible
- choose your referees early and explain to them that a promptly returned DfE Apply Teacher Training reference could make all the difference
We do not consider requests for deferred entry either at application stage or after an offer has been made. Any applicant who can no longer take up a place offered to them will need to reapply in the following year and will need to go through the full interview process again.
Applicants who will be overseas during the recruitment cycle
If you will be outside the UK during the recruitment cycle for your proposed year of entry, you should make contact with the Admissions Office to discuss this.
- All our tutors have real-world experience as teachers, senior managers or OFSTED inspectors. They also lead and innovate, developing the latest ideas in teacher education, leading research, writing textbooks, leading subject networks and advising government.
- Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond.
Dinah Warren is a specialist languages teacher with over 20 years’ experience of teaching Modern Languages in schools both in London and Devon, including eight years as head of Department in a London comprehensive school. She brings with her an enthusiasm for languages teaching and recent experience of the new initiatives in primary languages.
Dinah is head of Initial Teacher Education at the Graduate School of Education and also runs the Secondary Languages PGCE course.
Dinah is very happy to have an informal chat if you have any questions. Email: D.Warren@exeter.ac.uk
2022/23 tuition fees
- UK: £9,250 full-time
- International: £20,000 full-time
A variety of attractive financial support packages are available. Find out more here.