- You will be part of a cohort of trainees all learning to teach modern foreign languages and working with a dedicated team of MFL teaching experts
- The course is active and participatory, placing considerable emphasis on working collaboratively with others and learning together
- Building on your existing languages experience you will learn the theoretical and practical approaches to teaching through Key Stages 3-5 in the varied classroom situations you will encounter
- Explore the opportunities and challenges that face teachers and learners of modern foreign languages in Britain today, the strategies for language acquisition and the need for strong intercultural understanding
- You will develop your confidence, competence and independence as a teacher with the unique Exeter Model of Initial Teacher Education which progressively increases your school-based teaching over three terms
- You will join a supportive community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education and research and will support you during your course and beyond
- Achieving the PGCE provides 60 M-level credits alongside your Qualified Teacher Status.
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Secondary PGCE students must have an honours degree and GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or equivalent. A satisfactory medical assessment and DBS enhanced check are also requirements for entry to this programme. Selection is based on the information provided on the DfE Apply application and on performance at interview.
Typically, successful applicants have a 2:2 degree or above in their chosen language (French or Spanish). Other qualifications of degree level equivalence will be considered, e.g. Final Diploma of Institute or Linguists. Native speakers should hold a qualification (in any subject area) equivalent to a UK degree at a minimum of a 2.2.
Trainees should have a second language in French, German or Spanish (even if only at beginners' level) as this will help with employability. However, applicants with 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 language will be directed to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in a second language course prior to the PGCE course starting.
For applicants without the required GCSE pass at grade C/grade 4, we accept a Grade 4 pass in the English and Mathematics equivalency tests offered by A Star Equivalency and equivalencytesting.com (please do contact the PGCE Admissions team for further guidance before signing up for an equivalency test). See full list of accepted English/Maths equivalent qualifications.
We want all potentially excellent teachers to have the opportunity to train. If your qualification profile does not fit that described above, please do contact us.
Entry requirements for international students
Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.
You will explore teaching methods that bring your chosen languages and culture to life within the four walls of the classroom. Using the most up-to-date research you will develop a solid grounding in the approaches to language learning which puts an emphasis on communication and language as structure as recommended in the National Curriculum.
You’ll also develop the fundamentals of teaching such as behaviour management, assessment, lesson planning, inclusive teaching, and working with the school community and parents. We’ll support you to become a reflective and confident teacher who is able to assess your own achievements and professional development requirements.
20 days of the course are dedicated to Intensive Training & Practice, focusing on four themes of teaching and learning which enable you to delve deeply into particular key areas. You will learn about principles underpinning each theme, work with expert practitioners in university and school settings, and use the Exeter Model Framework to reflect on and synthesise your learning.
During your placements, you will have the opportunity to put your learning into practice whilst being supported by your Mentor who who will work as an expert partner and challenge your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance your performance.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this course based on recent teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The programme has three fully integrated components:
Secondary Education Theory, Research and Practice module
This 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 in Schools Module
Central to the course 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. This module enables you to reflect on your professional development and demonstrate via an Individual Development Portfolio (IDP), evidence of your ongoing progression towards Qualified Teacher Status.
Then choose your specialism:
The principal aim of the module is to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of French in secondary schools. In addition, the module seeks to nurture you as a reflective and autonomous professional practitioner, able to identify strengths and areas for development in your subject knowledge and pedagogy, through evaluating current professional practice in relationship to developments in research and curriculum theory.
The principal aim of the module is to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of Spanish in secondary schools. In addition, the module seeks to nurture you as a reflective and autonomous professional practitioner, able to identify strengths and areas for development in your subject knowledge and pedagogy, through evaluating current professional practice in relationship to developments in research and curriculum theory.
- UK: £9,250 full-time
- International: £23,700 full-time - to be confirmed
A variety of attractive financial support packages are available. Find out more.
The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
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Senior Lecturer in Languages Education
Senior Lecturer in Languages Education
Dinah started her teaching career in a comprehensive school in central London, before moving on to a Head of Department role in new school in North Finchley. After moving to Devon in 2000, Dinah began teaching in a local comprehensive school, where she worked until 2012, combining this with some work on the Primary and Secondary PGCE course. She now works on the PGCE full time.
Teaching and research
Our unique approach to Initial Teacher Education is praised by Ofsted and provides fantastic opportunities for trainees to achieve through our highly original Exeter Model of Initial Teacher Education. The programme runs over three terms and provides a carefully phased development of trainees’ independence as teachers.
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. 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 an Early Career Teacher (ECT).
Learning is primarily face to face during the campus-based teaching, and wholly face to face during school experience placements. The campus-based elements of the course are taught mainly through seminars and workshops with a significant element of directed collaborative group work and self-study. All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations.
Having a second language will help with employability and as such, provision is made for you to develop competence in French, Spanish or German as a second language.
More details on the course structure can be found here.
By learning on campus for most of the first term you have access to the tools needed to rapidly build professional knowledge and confidence ready for your work in school placements. You also benefit from the opportunity to build friendships and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education and will support you during your course and beyond.
Facilities and support
You’ll have access to a range of support, including a personal tutor, materials available through our online learning environment including lecture notes, presentations, film clips and reading materials, and access to the University’s wellbeing and support services. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.
Campus-based modules are taught at the School of Education at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter, which offers an excellent range of specialist facilities and the UK’s largest Education library.
All our tutors have real-world experience as teachers. They also lead and innovate: our tutors have written textbooks for trainee teachers and school pupils, advised government, led subject networks and are active educational researchers.
You will benefit from our active research culture, which promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge to encourage innovation. Our research centres provide a focus for research and discussion for academic staff, researchers and practitioners and organise seminar series, outside speakers, conferences and other events.
The PGCE MFL team’s current research interests include school-led teacher training, the use of the target language in secondary MFL classrooms, interactive and active learning, peer and self assessment, intercultural understanding, raising the profile of MFL in primary and secondary schools, issues surrounding transition and digital and web-based learning.
The PGCE provides excellent grounding for a long career within education, whether you aspire to become an outstanding classroom practitioner, school leader, or specialist in a specific area of education, the opportunities are broad.
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