About the course
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) offers a course in Spanish to graduates who are keen and eager both to bring to life within the 4 walls of the classroom the Spanish language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries which they themselves love, and to nurture a life-long interest in language learning in their pupils. The course enables you to explore the challenges that face both teachers and learners of the Spanish language in Britain today, the strategies for language acquisition in all its practical skills and the need for cultural awareness within the European dimension.
You will be school-based from term 1 in a dynamic MFL departments within a choice of schools across North Devon.
Provision is made for students to develop competence in French or German as a second teaching MFL, and prospective trainees are required to have some grounding in one of these two languages prior to the start of the PGCE course. The use of Information and Communications Technology is developed to enhance the future teacher's own skills as well as to contribute to the preparation for effective MFL teaching in the 21st century.
The interview will include:
A formal interview with members of the ITT team.
A pre – set task to be delivered in a short teaching episode to an appropriate group of students.
A Literacy test for those who have not passed their Professional Skills tests prior to interview.
Interview decisions will not be communicated to applicants directly through the partnership but through the UCAS system.
All of our interviews take place in schools within the partnership. If you would like to speak to us about the programme please contact us through the contacts page
How school placements work
On the secondary programme you will spend 2 terms in your home school and 1 term in your second school with opportunities for further training at our partner schools.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Spanish or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.
For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages
Applicants are normally expected to have a good Honours degree in Spanish (minimum 2:2) or equivalent e.g. Final Diploma of Institute of Linguists. Spanish native speakers should hold a qualification equivalent to a UK degree (minimum 2:2) in any subject, usually with a minimum of 3 years of study at a Higher Education. An OU degree or other degree in a subject other than a foreign language may be acceptable if you can show at interview that residence abroad/other relevant experience has developed appropriate competence in the language.
Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.
Applicants should have a second language (even if only at beginners' level) as this will help with the provision of placements, as well as finding a teaching post. However, applicants offering 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 modern language will be directed to apply for Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) funding from the DfE to complete an SKE course in a second language course prior to the PGCE course starting.
Selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS-enhanced-disclosure. It would be advantageous to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young-people in another context at interview. The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. If you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree-level, you can make an application through UCAS for consideration. The DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of mathematics and English skills.
About the training provider
Choosing Schools Direct through the North Devon Teaching School Alliance is the entry point to North Devon's best Primary and Secondary Schools. We offer a one year school-based programme where trainees are part of a school team from day one.
School Direct trainees benefit from a full 40-week schedule. Complementing their time learning the job in school trainees receive HEI lecturers, and a contrasting second school Key Stage experience. For secondary, subject specialism days have been developed across our schools to support subject and pedagogy specialisms.
Shared training across the Alliance gives complete and contrasting experiences. Trainee teachers who successfully complete all modules are awarded a P.G.C.E. Post Graduate Certificate of Education (including up to 60 Masters credits) with Qualified Teacher Status. School Direct is designed to give experienced professionals and higher class degree students an alternative pathway to a career as a teacher, whilst enabling schools to develop exactly the teachers they need.
Our combination of expert school based practitioners and University partners brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school based setting. We nurture our talent and provide the essential classroom experiences that allow trainees to put theory into practice as they develop into an outstanding practitioner.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We will assess individual needs on a one to one basis to enable them fair access to our programmes.
The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy.
PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.
Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
North Devon Teaching School Alliance
Woolacombe School, Beach Road, Woolacombe, Devon EX34 7BT
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