About the course
The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of Modern Languages.
If you need to boost your subject knowledge before starting the course you can do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. You can only apply to do this after receiving an offer of a place on the PGCE.
The PGCE programme has been designed to train teachers to practice as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across the age range. Trainees will also often gain experience of the 16-18 age range, although they will not be formally assessed in this phase.
The course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.
Find out why you should train to teach with us.
How school placements work
Placements are offered by schools and settings within our ITE partnership and are geographically diverse, with schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and Wales, offering placements. We work hard to match placements to trainee teacher needs and experience, and we endeavour to keep travel times to a maximum of 90 minutes each way, each day.
Trainee teachers are supported in schools by a Senior Mentor, who is a designated lead teacher for ITE placements in the school, and is responsible for overseeing the training that takes place. Trainee teachers are also closely supported by their Class Mentor (Primary) or Subject Mentor (Secondary), who is their day-to-day contact and supporter in school during placement.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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You should typically meet the following criteria:
- Graduates (normally 2:2 minimum or equivale) in French with German or Spanish to A2 level, or
- Graduates (normally 2:2 minimum or equivalent) in Spanish or German with fluent, accurate French to A2 level or above, or
- Graduate native speakers (normally 2:2 minimum or equivalent) of French, German or Spanish with a second language (for German and Spanish native speakers the second language should be French; for French native speakers the second language should be German or Spanish)
For those applicants with one main language and some beginner knowledge of a second there is the possibility of completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE) prior to the course start. SKEs are designed to consolidate and build on existing prior learning. The length of the SKE will be determined at interview.
All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and before starting their course.
All offers will be subject to satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and health checks.
Our PGCE programmes include a high level of placement based learning and working with children. We encourage applicants to get as much relevant experience of working or volunteering with children to help prepare them for this crucial element.
About the training provider
At UWE Bristol we are particularly proud to be in the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction and to be awarded the highest possible rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) 2018, achieving GOLD Standard.
Our Education subject provision is highly successful - we came 5th in the UK for Education in the Guardian University League Table 2019 and 9th in the UK in the Complete University Guide League Table 2019. All of the subject-level university league-tables show us as clear leaders in Education in the region.
Significant components of the subject rankings are student satisfaction and quality of teaching. Our students are extremely positive about our provision and about the excellent support they receive from our wide range of school partners. The programme tutors at UWE along with our community of schools are committed to providing a teacher training experience which enables trainees to graduate as skilled and thoughtful practitioners who know what works and who can put this into practice in the classroom.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We take a great deal of care to ensure all our trainees can be successful and have many examples of this in practice. We evaluate needs in advance of students starting their course to enable us to put all the necessary measures in place both at UWE and in collaboration with our school partners. We are committed to ensuring that the teaching profession is as diverse as possible, just as we are committed to helping trainees to support the needs of all of their pupils they teach.
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