About the course
The course is run by the UCL Institute of Education (Russell Square), lasts from September to June, and leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status, PGCE and 60 MA credits.
The programme covers the nature and principles of language teaching and learning, and the place of languages in the school curriculum. It incorporates a range of approaches to effective, inclusive learning, and develops your professionalism and critical awareness to a high level.
The course places an important emphasis on cultural knowledge and broader aspects of language learning, including issues related to bilingual learners and English as an additional language (EAL), integrated with other areas such as information and communications technology (ICT) and digital, video and multimedia production.
The course has well-established partnerships with cultural and educational institutions across London, as well as European universities and teacher training institutions. The PGCE is informed by research carried out by the tutors in a variety of areas.
We offer the course in the European languages pathway. You will specialise in French, German or Spanish, and undertake subsidiary study and school experience in French, German or Spanish. For this pathway, we require you to have studied French to advanced level.
You will have full access to the library and other student facilities at UCL IOE.
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We operate a two stage process on our UCL programmes.
Coombe Girls' School, as the lead school in the partnership, will co-ordinate the recruitment process. The UCL IOE will carry out all the necessary academic eligibility checks.
Following successful shortlisting, the first stage will involve you spending a day in school, up to twenty five working days after we receive your application. This may include an individual interview, teaching part of a lesson, a subject knowledge assessment and a written task. This will also be an opportunity for you to learn about the training programme and partnership, see the school and talk to some staff and pupils. The process will be rigorous and will enable us to assess your potential for the teaching profession and to identify strengths and weaknesses for you to begin to address.
If you are successful at the school interview, our university partner will also invite you to an interview day at the UCL Institute of Education. This day will also serve as an opportunity to learn more about the PGCE course, the tutors and the facilities at the Institute.
How school placements work
Once you have been accepted onto the programme, your placement schools will be allocated from the pool of schools offering your subject.
This process is not normally finalised until late June, by when our schools will have fixed their staffing for September.
You will have two consecutive placements of roughly equal length - something which we consider a real strength of our programme, as it means that you will gain a deep understanding of both schools, their challenges, approaches and contexts. We aim to give you two contrasting settings, in order for you to experience this variety. Schools will give you a balance of year groups and abilities and, where possible, arrange for you to teach KS5, but this is not always manageable in both placement schools.
Placement one will run from October to January and placement two will run from February to May.
You may express a preference of school, which we will consider when drawing up the placements - but we cannot guarantee it. We aim to keep your travel time to a maximum of one hour, although in most cases travel time is much less.
From the beginning you will be treated as a member of staff, welcomed into your subject department and invited to attend staff meetings, development days, staff social activities and relevant educational trips.
Each trainee will have a dedicated mentor in their placement school, who will guide you and work alongside you to identify needs and provide personalised support as you develop. Our mentors are outstanding teachers who are required to undertake a rigorous training programme to develop their coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills. They will work with you to develop rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills in order to deliver creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.
You will gradually build up your contact time with students as you develop your confidence, teaching skills and time management.
You will be assigned to a tutor group, in order to regularly shadow a tutor and support all-important pastoral work.
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 French 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.
UCL requires a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, with GCSEs in English Language and Maths at Grade C or Grade 5, or above. UCL does not accept additional or applied GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing, UCL will only accept tests from equivalencytesting.com
You must have a good degree in the main language that you want to teach. If you do not have a degree in that language, then you should be a native speaker with a good degree in the medium of your native language.
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We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject, with a real desire to share this with young people of all abilities, needs and backgrounds at secondary level.
You should also normally have spent a significant amount of time in a country where the foreign language you would like to teach is spoken. We place great importance on your spoken and written fluency, and you will be asked to demonstrate this in your interview.
All candidates must have French at A level or the equivalent as a minimum.
You will ideally have some experience of working with young people, perhaps through volunteer work, young clubs, sports teams or charities.
We recommend you gain experience in a UK secondary classroom prior to interview, especially if you do not have experience of languages teaching and learning in UK schools.
All places on the PGCE are subject to satisfactory health and criminal convictions assessments. Applicants will be required to complete an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We expect you to share our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
About the training provider
Our partnership aims to create a caring and vibrant environment, where trainee teachers can develop their teaching expertise, knowledge and skills while feeling valued and supported by expert professionals and inspirational leaders. Our teachers are excellent practitioners, committed to sharing their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
Coombe Girls' School is a nationally designated Teaching School judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted outstanding in every category at its last inspection.
Schools involved in our programme have included:
Chessington Community College, Coombe Boys' School, Coombe Girls' School, Hinchley Wood School, King's College School (Wimbledon - independent), Raynes Park High School, Richard Challoner School, Rutlish High School, Southborough High School, The Holy Cross School, The Kingston Academy, The Tiffin School, The Tiffin Girls' School and Tolworth Girls' School.
And in our primary programme:
Burlington Juniors, Christ Church Primary (New Malden), Coombe Hill Infants, Coombe Hill Juniors, Ellingham Primary, Green Lane Primary, King's Oak Primary, Knollmead Primary, Robin Hood Primary, Sacred Heart Primary (Teddington) and St Mary's and St Peter's Primary (Teddington).
The unique strength to the secondary partnership lies in the diversity of provision, offering our student teachers an enriching, contrasting experience. The partnership includes co-educational schools, single sex, selective and non-selective and one independent. Our secondary programmes provide opportunities to develop post-16 teaching practice.
Our schools enjoy a highly valued reputation locally, many oversubscribed due to the competitive, high-performing profile of our borough. Student behaviour is generally excellent and results show that many students consistently out-perform their national peers.
About the accredited body
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as 'outstanding' in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.
UCL IOE has been providing first-class teacher training, in partnership with schools and colleges for over 100 years. UCL IOE graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK. Its central location in historic Bloomsbury means that it is in the heart of London. Close by are stations at Russell Square, King's Cross, St Pancras and Euston.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All school direct students have full access to the student services in our university provider partners. This includes support services for students with a range of physical and mental health needs. Their campuses have full disability access.
Students may also access well-being and counselling services and support services for specific learning needs, including dyslexia and dyspraxia, through academic achievement advisers.
The Institute of Education has a nursery available (run by University College London). However, for student teachers we recommend you look into childcare options near your place of residence or host teaching school.
Our partner universities also offer accommodation for student teachers, although it may be better to find accommodation near placement schools.
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Coombe Girls' School, Clarence Avenue, New Malden, Kingston-Upon-Thames KT3 3TU
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