Modern Languages(French or with Spanish or German) with University of Birmingham

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
36 weeks
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk

About the course

The Modern Languages teacher training course is held in very high esteem by all those who work with us: partnership schools, languages teachers, and our students who year after year say that they find the challenge exciting and our support outstanding. We aim to help student teachers develop into well informed, critical and adaptable teachers so that their own teaching personality can blossom. We welcome applications from excellent and committed linguists who wish to train to teach French, German or Spanish and make a positive difference to language learning and children’s lives.

Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd also known as a PGDE) is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) however it has the advantage of offering the equivalent of 120 credits which may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Graded as outstanding by consecutive Ofsted inspections, the Secondary PGDipEd is a unique programme which offers high quality training and support as well as excellent employment prospects.

For those students who are eligible, the course attracts a scholarship of £28,000 and bursaries of £26,000.

If you are serious about a career in Modern Languages teaching then the University of Birmingham is the place to train.

Visit https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/edu/teacher-training-secondary-modern-languages.aspx to find out more.

Interview process

Selection is rigorous and designed to identify candidates with the strongest aptitude. Candidates selected for interview will be invited to the School of Education to:

• meet course tutors

• find out more about the course

• complete a written task

• have a one to one interview

• show GCSE and Degree certificates (where these are available).

We work closely with partner schools to select candidates and applicants will often have the opportunity to meet senior colleagues from partner schools when they join us for interview day.

How school placements work

School-based work is an important part of the programme, with students normally spending a total of 24 weeks in schools. During the programme you benefit from both carefully supported introductory work in different schools and the experience of spending a significant length of time in two schools.

The final assessment of teaching is based on the spring/summer term school placement. Assessment is shared between University tutors, staff responsible for students in schools, and external examiners. All aspects of your contribution to the life of the school are taken into account, in particular the teaching of your main subject.

During the course supervised experience and practice are arranged in schools of various kinds across the 11–18 age range. We are fortunate in being able to work with a wide range of partnership schools, including mixed comprehensives, single-sex schools, sixth-form colleges and our own University Training School (www.uobschool.org.uk). Many of the schools offer opportunities to work with pupils from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,995

When you apply for this course, it is important that you also take into account living costs and should ensure that you will have sufficient funds to finance the full duration of your studies. Our PGDipEd programmes include a significant amount of time spent on placements in a variety of schools at different locations, and so when budgeting to study you should also allow for travel to and from placements, as well as textbooks, printing, photocopying and stationery that you may need.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

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 how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

All applicants must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification. This will normally be a minimum 2:2 classification and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded. You must hold a degree with at least 50% French, German or Spanish OR be a native speaker of French, German or Spanish with another degree subject. You must also be able to offer a second foreign language (at a lower level than their main language is acceptable) as being able to offer two mainstream languages greatly increases employability.

Personal qualities

In selecting candidates for a place on a University of Birmingham ITE programme, University and school-based colleagues look for:

• Relevant academic profile and intellectual capacity

• Strong subject knowledge

• Relevant work/volunteering experience

• Awareness of contemporary educational issues

• Motivation, enthusiasm and a clear rationale for teaching

• Responsibility, maturity, open-mindedness

• Appropriate ethics and values, including equal opportunities awareness

• Effective spoken and written Standard English

• Commitment to teaching as a career.

Other requirements

You must also:

have a GCSE in Maths and English (grade 4 or above) or an equivalent qualification;

have passed the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy by the date stated in any offer;

complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check;

complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach;

agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

About the training provider

Our Primary and Secondary teacher training pathways prepare top graduates for a career inspiring learning and transforming lives. We work in partnership with a wide range of primary and secondary schools, sixth form colleges and special schools, across Birmingham and the surrounding authorities, to offer both core and School Direct routes into teaching.

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Birmingham strives to be an inclusive learning community. Whatever your disability, mental health or learning support needs, the Disability, Mental Health and Learning Support Service can provide assistance to make sure you that you can access appropriate support. Find out more at: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/student/welfare/disability/index.aspx

Contact details

Email
admissions@bham.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 414 3344
Website
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk
Address
Admissions
The University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: B32
  • Training programme code: R1X1

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
Main Site

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