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PGCE Primary (5-11) with Modern Languages

NB: This course is closed for 2020 applications. Applications will reopen in September for 2021 entry.

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One Year Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

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


Bursaries and scholarships

Did you know you could receive up to £28,000 tax-free funding to support your postgraduate teacher training? Find out more about government bursaries and scholarships available. 


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 Evidence of proficiency will be sought at interview.
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • Satisfactory occupational health and enhanced DBS check required
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 7.0 (with no element less than 6.5) – or equivalent qualification.

Student view

Zoe Gossage
Primary PGCE with MFL student

I always wanted to teach Spanish to young children and when I found out that a Primary PGCE with MFL specialism was offered at Chichester University I applied straight away. The course covered everything with a big emphasis on Maths and English and the way the groups were split, the MFL cohort were mixed in with pure Primary too. This meant we didn’t miss out on all the other opportunities of the Primary course. However as an MFL specialist the best opportunity for me was teaching in Tenerife for a month. This excelled my own grasp of the Spanish language, it enabled me to see how different teaching can be in different countries and improved my confidence teaching languages and putting all the techniques learnt to use! Overall the whole course was fantastic and I felt very supported by my lecturers and tutors. After graduating from my PGCE, I was a Year 3 teacher in a local school teaching the whole curriculum for a year. However since Spanish was always my passion, I am now a full time Spanish teacher in the independent sector teaching 4 to 13 year olds. As an alumni I enjoy coming back to Chichester Uni for the MFL conference held every year and still feel supported as a new teacher with termly meet ups.

Sarah Watson
Primary PGCE with MFL student

I took the specialist route in modern foreign languages when studying for my PGCE and I’m so pleased I did. We enjoyed the same learning experience as general PGCE students but as specialists, we benefited from some superb training as language teachers. The training was practical and interactive, and the activities could be easily tailored and applied in our own teaching. I was particularly pleased with the University’s flexible approach to teaching placements. Most of the MFL students completed a teaching practice in Belgium or Spain, but those of us with family commitments were able to do a specialist language placement in a local school, something I found very enjoyable and beneficial. Qualifying as a teacher is a great achievement, but adding a specialism gives an extra dimension to your C.V. when it comes to job hunting.


Jessica Bhatty-Garcia
Primary PGCE with MFL student

My PGCE was made special by the fact that I specialized in MFL. Not only was I able to meet other bi-lingual students including those specializing in secondary teaching, I was able to plan with them in order to deliver successful lessons. One highlight for me was that I was placed for two weeks in a school in Horsham where I taught a Spanish lesson to every class across the board allowing me to work with different topics and ages. 

Another great part of the course was teaching the rest of the PGCE students some Spanish through a foundation subject. The opportunities I have been given due to the course are incredible and include sending me on a placement which became my career school. I thoroughly recommend the course to any prospective students.

Course content

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 practice 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 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.

Learn more

Do you want to find out more information about this course? Come along to an Open Day. You’ll get the chance to meet our Education team, ask them questions and explore the campus.

Read our PGCE brochure for more information.


This course starts in September 

Our facilities

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.  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.

Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone to help with any enquiries, over 80 open access work stations and Costa Coffee.  An equipment loans centre offers 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

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the Bognor Regis campus and the facilities it has to offer. 

Where this can take you

Career possibilities

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

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Teaching and assessment


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


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 Adviser, 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

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Additional Costs



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

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester, including an Alumni bursary of £1,000 on this PGCE route. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Contact us

Are you interested in this course but you’d like some more information? Get in touch and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.