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PGCE Primary (5-11) with Modern Languages

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One Year Full Time

Top 10
UK university for Education
Top 25
best university in the UK
5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • All applicants must hold an honours degree or equivalent qualification. The majority of successful applicants will have a 2:2 or above degree but we do accept applicants with a lower classification but an otherwise strong application.
  • Your personal statement is important; it should convince us that you are serious about teaching as a career. You will need to demonstrate a strong awareness of the complex role of the teacher in supporting learning. You should ensure that you make reference to any voluntary or paid experiences in schools.
  • All applicants must have GCSE passes in English, mathematics and science at grade C / 4 or above. We will consider applicants who are taking the relevant GCSEs whilst applying.
  • We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course, however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualification we may accept.
  • Students on the modern language routes will also usually need to have an A2 or above in French or Spanish (grade A - C or 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 ML specialism, please contact the module tutor, Elaine Minett at e.minett@chi.ac.uk. Evidence of proficiency will be sought at interview.
  • You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate a good understanding of the profession
  • Satisfactory occupational health and enhanced DBS check required
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.

Fees:

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Bursaries and scholarships:

For our alumni applying for a PGCE degree, there will be a £1000 bursary available.

Did you know you could receive tax-free funding to support your postgraduate teacher training? Find out more about government bursaries and scholarships available. 

 

Student view

Zoe

I’ve always wanted to teach Spanish to young children and when I found out that the University of Chichester offered this course, I applied straight away. As an MFL specialist the best opportunity was teaching in Tenerife for a month! This excelled my confidence in teaching languages and I’m putting all the techniques I’ve learnt to use!

Jessica, a PGCE Primary MFL student
Jessica

My PGCE was made special by the fact that I specialized in MFL. One highlight for me was a two-week placement in a school based in Horsham where I taught a Spanish lesson to every class across the board. It allowed me to work with different topics and ages. I thoroughly recommend the course to any prospective students.

Course content

TOP 10 UK UNIVERSITY FOR EDUCATION

8th out of 80 institutions for our Education courses (Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course overview

The Primary Teaching Modern Languages route is designed to prepare you to teach across the primary curriculum and develop expertise in teaching modern languages.

This full-time, one-year course is designed to train you to become a confident and inspiring teacher. You will be able to apply your knowledge flexibly to a variety of contexts and to model good practise while teaching. 

The course runs from September to July and you’ll spend the majority of this time (at least 24 weeks) on placement in schools.

Why study this course?

  • You can specialise in Modern Foreign Languages
  • You’ll develop classroom experience through a mixture of different school placements
  • We will support you with finding placements - we work with hundreds of partnership schools and organisations in the local area
  • You’ll be taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools, who will support you throughout the year
  • It is taught at master’s level which will allow you to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification in the future.
  • By the end of the course, you’ll be a reflective practitioner equipped to continue your professional learning throughout your career.
  • We are offering a £1000 bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE.

Work-based/School-based placements

The PGCE programme is taught in close partnership with a range of primary schools. During the programme, you will experience a number of different placements. These include:

  • two extended placements each lasting 8-10 weeks where you will take on increasing responsibility for teaching.

School experience provides the opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in education and the wider educational context. Through the year you will develop teaching skills, starting by teaching small groups of pupils and leading to proficiency in teaching a whole class subjects across the primary curriculum. During the extended placements, you will be supported by a school-based mentor and a link tutor from the University.

The maximum travel time that we allow for these teaching placements is one hour in each direction from your term-time address to the placement school (assuming your term-time address is within our partnership area). 

In addition to the extended placements you will also undertake:

  • five weeks of enhanced placements.

Modern Language specialists will complete four days in Key Stage 3 as generalists but will have the opportunity during this placement to observe Modern Foreign Languages lessons.

Modern Language specialists then follow either Route A or Route B.

  • Route A includes the opportunity to spend two or four weeks abroad in French-speaking Belgium or Spanish-speaking Tenerife. During this time you will observe, teach English as a foreign language and, if confident, teach other subjects through French or Spanish. Those students completing two weeks abroad will then complete either the Early Years or the SEND experience arranged for generalists.
  • Route B involves spending two weeks in a local primary school developing the international dimension and will include a cultural as well as language focus. You will then complete either the Early Years or the SEND experience arranged for the general primary teaching route.

Read our PGCE brochure for more information.

Course start date

This course starts in September.

Our facilities

Campus location: Bognor Regis Campus

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

Teaching Resources

Teaching resources at the University of Chichester

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis campus to see our assortment of materials.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Where this can take you

Career opportunities

This programme will enable you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status and work as a primary class teacher. While the vast majority of graduates choose to work in a primary school, in previous years, some students have been employed in secondary schools, special schools or the wider education sector. Many of our previous students have progressed in their careers and now hold senior posts in their schools.

Further study

Postgraduate study options include Masters courses:

Indicative modules

The university-based study is divided into four key areas which will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to plan and manage creative and effective lessons while ensuring that pupils of all abilities are motivated to learn.

These key areas are:

  1. Core Curriculum
  2. Wider Curriculum
  3. Professional Studies
  4. Teaching and Learning in Modern Languages

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum module will develop your confidence and enjoyment to teach:

  • English
  • Mathematics and
  • Science

Through lively and interactive seminars, you will develop your subject, curriculum and pedagogical knowledge in all three subjects.

It will equip you to take a critical and reflective view of each subject’s curriculum and pedagogies. You will develop a detailed understanding of the distinctive features of each subject area and explore relevant research concerning children’s learning in that subject.

By linking your learning to school experience, the module will promote the necessary competencies and understanding you need to plan, teach and assess the core curriculum effectively.

Wider Curriculum

This module aims to develop your critical understanding and enthusiasm for the whole primary curriculum. It will consist of a range of engaging practical workshops addressing the teaching of the primary curriculum for example:

  • Art
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Physical Education and
  • Religious Education

You will develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of key curriculum documents and a critical awareness of current issues and debates surrounding the primary curriculum.

It will prepare you to plan, teach and assess effectively in these areas and to develop cross-curricular approaches to teaching and learning.

Professional Studies

In this module, you will develop a deep understanding of the principles that underpin primary education. You will be taught by a range of expert tutors who will share their knowledge and passion for primary education and children’s learning.

During a range of seminars and lectures, you will critique educational research findings and methods and learn how to apply this in the classroom.

Topics will include lesson planning, teaching strategies, assessment methods, behaviour management and other important aspects of teaching. A particular focus will be on issues of inclusion, equality and diversity and the module will develop your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding in the classroom.

By the end of the year, you will have developed your own personal educational philosophy and be able to apply this in the classroom and articulate it to other professionals. ​

Teaching and Learning in Modern Languages

This module will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the role of the Modern Languages teacher. You will reflect on the way in which children learn foreign languages and develop your understanding of the role of the Modern Languages coordinator.

You will learn how to manage the modern languages classroom and ensure effective use of the target language by both pupils and teachers. The module will consider the place of Modern Languages in the Key Stage 1 curriculum and how to plan for progression, continuity and transition between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.

You will consider the benefits of a cross-curricular approach to Modern Languages and the role of the subject specialist including running staff meetings, creating policies and providing support for non-specialists. 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We use strategies that are designed to enable you to master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge, understanding and practice. You’ll experience a mixture of:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions
  • Outdoor learning experiences
  • Field trips
  • Case studies
  • School experience

Assessment

In order to qualify for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you must pass all school experiences and pass a 12,000 word portfolio at master’s level.

The portfolio consists of a number of tasks that you will complete during the year and share with your Academic Advisor, a member of university staff who will support you throughout the year. They will provide feedback on your work and support you to achieve. Each of the tasks is designed to support your development as a primary teacher and is directly relevant to your practice in the classroom.

School experiences are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards – you will be regularly observed by your mentor and link tutor and will collect evidence of your progress.

Meet our experts

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

INTERVIEW, DBS AND SCHOOL EXPERIENCE COSTS

Interview

We pride ourselves on the interview experience and want to have the opportunity to give you a clear understanding of what it would be like to study with us. The interview will be made up of different elements. We want you to learn as much about the University and the course as possible. We also want to learn more about you and see your potential to teach. Typically, there will be five parts to the process:

  1. Registration, DBS and qualification checks
  2. Campus Tour (optional)
  3. Presentation from a university tutor
  4. Baseline audit of skills in mathematics and literacy
  5. Paired interviews

Baseline audits

The baseline audit of skills will provide you with an opportunity to consider your strengths and areas for development in numeracy and literacy.

To help you prepare for the audits, head to BBC bitesize for support with the English and mathematics audits.

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. More information can be found under ‘Additional Costs’ on this page.

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 & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport. 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.

Financial help available from the University

Our Finance pages provide details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE

Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions Team for more information.

How to apply

Applying to this course

To apply to this course, you'll need to submit your application directly through UCAS Teacher Training. For more advice on how to apply, visit the UCAS website.

Personal statements tips

All PGCE applicants are required to write a personal statement and submit this with their application via UCAS Teacher Training. Your personal statement should include information about yourself, why you want to teach, what sparked your passion and details of any related teaching experience. Take a look at some helpful personal statement tips from UCAS and the Government website.