PGCE Primary (5-11) Modern Languages

PGCE Primary (5-11) Modern Languages

Qualify as primary school teacher with a focus on languages

Qualify as primary school teacher with a focus on languages

1 year full-time
Bognor Regis Campus
  • Qualify as a primary teacher in just one year
  • Specialise teaching modern foreign languages at a primary level
  • Learn at a university with over 180 years' experience in teacher training
  • Blend of professional placements and creative theoretical teaching
Teaching student leading a primary school class


Qualify as a primary school teacher with a focus on languages

Learn the art of teaching

Our PGCE Primary Teaching with Modern Languages route prepares you to teach across the primary curriculum and develop expertise in teaching modern languages.

You will focus on teaching the primary curriculum and will receive high-quality training in partnership with local schools to build your classroom experience.

This is achieved through a balance of study of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by the teaching profession, the fundamentals of the national curriculum, and a dedicated focus on the development of your understanding of the role of the primary teacher.

In addition, you will gain vital hands-on experience of working within the classroom through our 120-day school placement programme, which will develop your confidence and competence to teach effectively.

After successful completion, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so that you can begin working as a teacher in a primary school.

Proud history of teacher training

The University of Chichester has been training teachers for over 180 years and we look to train employable professionals who can get out there and make a difference.

You will be taught by experienced education specialists and our dedication to small teaching groups allows you develop strong professional relationships with the University teaching team.

On this course you will:

  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status upon completion of the course that will allow you to teach in primary schools in England and Wales.
  • Develop your competence and confidence working within the classroom environment.
  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the teaching profession.
  • Understand the cornerstone of the national curriculum for primary education, with the opportunity to pursue a speciality in modern foreign languages.

The Course

Develop your knowledge of teaching modern languages at primary school level

As a PGCE Primary with Modern Languages student, you will learn the national curriculum and how to deliver it to young children in exciting and engaging ways.

You will learn the fundamentals of teaching English, Maths and Science, as well as the key theories of learning development to better understand how to ensure that all children can succeed and thrive in school.

You will also learn how to teach subjects that form the wider curriculum, including aspects of ICT/Computing, PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art, History, Geography, Design Technology, Religious Education, and Drama.

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

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Core curriculum

You will study core curriculum modules that will develop your confidence and enjoyment of primary teaching:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science.

The course 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 understanding you need to plan, teach and assess the core curriculum effectively.

Modern Foreign Languages specialism

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.

As a Modern Language specialist in training, you will complete four days in Key Stage 3 as generalists but will have the opportunity during this placement to observe Modern Foreign Languages lessons.

You will spend 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.

You will learn how to manage the modern languages classroom and ensure effective use of the target language by both pupils and teachers.

You 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.

Wider curriculum

This module aims to develop your critical understanding and enthusiasm for the whole primary curriculum.

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

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

You will work on a range of engaging practical workshops of the primary curriculum including:

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

Professional studies

We’ll help you will develop a deep understanding of the principles that underpin primary education.

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 Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that develop your full potential as a future teacher


We use strategies that are designed to enable you to effectively master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge and understanding that will inform your teaching practice.

You will join lectures and small seminars led by experienced tutors, in which discussion and debate are key to developing your knowledge and skills.

Our dedicated learning areas simulate real world classrooms, allowing you to become more familiar, confident and comfortable in teaching spaces ahead of your professional placements.

Many of our staff have a strong background within education and use their experience to inform their teaching, as the help your development into a professional and capable teacher.


Your teaching is built to support your theoretical learning and develop your communication skills, through essays, lesson plans, research reports, risk assessments or development plans.

Portfolio requirements

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.

They will provide feedback on your work and support you to achieve. Each of the tasks is designed to support your development as an early years 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.

Classroom Resources

Over 20,000 classroom resources available to use on placement

As a PGCE teaching student, you will gain access to our dedicated library of teaching materials.

You can find thousands of classroom resources that you can borrow to use while on placement.

From posters to books, classroom kits to DVDs, our library of resources has options for all ages and needs.

You can take resources out for up to six weeks and can be taken on placement to aid with your teaching, or help you develop your skills and confidence within our classroom environments.


Discover dedicated facilities that help support your learning

School Placements

Gain vital experience as you develop your confidence at the heart of the classroom

The PGCE programme is taught in close partnership with a range of local schools. During the course, you will experience a number of different placements.

In addition, you will gain vital hands-on experience of working within the classroom through our school placements, which will develop your confidence and competence to teach effectively.

At the start of the course, you will be teaching small groups of pupils. By the end, you’ll be teaching subjects across the curriculum to a whole class. During the extended placements, you will be supported by a school-based mentor and a link tutor from the University.

In addition to the two extended placements, you will have three short group placements. You will spend:

  • 4 days in a reception class
  • 2 weeks in a key stage class and
  • 2 weeks in a special school

These placements develop your understanding of progression, inclusion and signature pedagogy.

These placements will usually provide distinctive opportunities in which to develop your professional and teaching skills.

In particular, efforts will be made to place you in schools with different organisational characteristics and in contrasting socio-economic catchment areas.

The special interest placement will also provide you with the experience of an alternative educational setting.

It enables you to follow an educational area of interest and extend your learning about a particular area of education, for example: working with bilingual learners, teaching in an outdoor education setting, or working in a special school.


Take the first steps towards your career within early years education

This programme will enable you to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and work as an early years 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.

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

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

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

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Alumni bursary

University of Chichester alumni applying for a PGCE degree, there will be a £1,000 bursary available.

Entry Requirements

Honours degree
or above. We do accept applicants with a lower classification but an otherwise strong application.
or above in English, Science and Mathematics.
7.0 overall
including 7.0 in academic writing with other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.

GCSE requirements

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.

Personal statement

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 refer to any voluntary or paid experiences in schools or early years settings.

Modern language requirements

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.


We pride ourselves on the interview experience. You’ll learn about the University and the course while we learn more about you and see your potential to teach.

The interview will be made up of typically five elements:

  • Registration, DBS and qualification checks
  • Campus Tour (optional)
  • Presentation from a university tutor
  • Baseline audit of skills in mathematics and literacy
  • 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.

Occupational Health Assessment

A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.

Cost incurred during placements

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, varies but your commute will not usually exceed an hour from your term-time address to the placement school (assuming your term-time address is within our partnership area).

Students 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.

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