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PGCE Primary: Modern Languages

This 39-week route is a development of the successful PGCE Primary Education course.

The specialist route in Modern Languages is focused on Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 years). 

This route addresses the national requirement for primary children to be taught a Modern Language and will be ideal for those graduates who wish to teach primary age children while retaining a focus on languages.

We are offering a £1000 cash bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE. 

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All applicants must have GCSE passes in English, Maths and Science at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must have a suitable Honours degree (usually upper second class or above)

All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.

Your personal statement is important; it should convince us that you are serious about teaching as a career.

Reference to any experience you have of observation or working in a primary school. All applicants need to have a minimum of 2 weeks experience in an appropriate school before interview.

As well as the general PGCE admissions criteria, students on the Modern Language route will usually also need to have an A2 or above in French or Spanish at grade A -C (or the equivalent) and the ability to be sufficiently proficient in that language to carry out training requirements and teaching within a primary placement. If you do not meet these entry requirements but are keen to follow the MFL specialism, please contact the module tutor Elaine Minett on 

Evidence of proficiency will be sought at interview.

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Student view

Rosie Simpson
Modern Foreign Languages PGCE student 2015-2016
Before I even submitted my application for MFL PGCE I felt supported by Elaine and the team. I was invited to attend the annual MFL conference held at the university prior to beginning the course. This was a fantastic way to begin as I could meet other PGCSE applicants and learn from speakers at the forefront of MFL pedagogy. The input and guidance offered throughout the MFL training was far beyond my expectations and proved invaluable to becoming an effective teacher. Each session at the university was relevant, referenced contemporary research and improved my teaching practice measurably. Many of the resources I was offered during my training I use day-to-day in the MFL lessons I teach now. The course is rigorous and yet manageable due to the unwavering support offered by Elaine and the rest of University of Chichester. Tutors are always keen to help you succeed at every stage from essay writing and form filling, all the way through to securing a job at the end.
Priscilla Ravelo Gutierrez
Modern Foreign Languages PGCE student 2015-2016

My training at the university of Chichester was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I received all sort of support and the university really made me feel at home. The placements were fantastic and the support from mentors and teachers was outstanding, I couldn’t have done it without them!

Liz Elgood
English Secondary PGCE 2016-2017

Since starting my NQT year I have become acutely aware of what I believe to be the superiority of the PGCE course provided by Chichester.  I have reflected on the organisation, the strong links between theory and the classroom, and the varied programme I received. This has resulted in the level of professionalism I now carry forward, which results in similarly high expectations of my students. 

David Skinner
Science PGCE student 2014-2015

The PGCE training that I received at Chichester was magnificent preparation for life in the classroom. The whole school sessions equipped us well on a range of pedagogical and whole school issues, from questioning and AfL through to a range of pastoral issues often faced in schools. It was an excellent way to interact with students from other subject areas and see the importance of a holistic approach to education… The training at Chichester has served me well into my (still new) teaching career where I am now a Head of House. That being said, I still do and will always hold Chichester close to my heart and think back with fond memories of a year well invested!

Course content

  • Professional Studies
  • Core Curriculum Studies (English, Mathematics, Science)
  • Foundation Curriculum Studies (e.g. History, PE, ICT, MFL etc.)
  • Specialist Module: Teaching and Learning in Modern Languages.
  • School Experience

Course fees for 2017/18 £9250

We are offering a £1000 cash bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE. 

School Experience 

For MFL students, there is the option of spending four weeks of the overall school experience in a placement abroad teaching in their chosen language.

We currently offer placements for speakers of French (teaching in French-speaking Belgium) and Spanish (teaching in Tenerife).

A typical pattern of school experience would be:

Autumn term - Eight weeks paired school experience (school A)

Spring term - Four weeks school experience abroad plus a two week enhanced placement focusing on the teaching of English

Summer term - Ten week school experience (school B)

Students will teach their foreign language for a minimum of one hour per week in school B.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. 

Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Teaching and assessment

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments. To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.


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DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across East and West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 1 Hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

 Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

 Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.