About the course
The PGCE (QTS) Modern Languages programme is designed to provide a route into one of the most rewarding and dynamic careers in teaching that there is, providing you with the tools to make the study of language stimulating for the full range of learners.
The PGCE(QTS) programme at Goldsmiths comes with the choice of taking a French, German, Spanish, Arabic or Mandarin pathway. You will expected to specialise in two languages.*
*See the Requirements Section below for further details.
We seek to encourage an interactive teaching approach that builds confidence, develops understanding of how the language system works and leads to purposeful language use. You will be working with young people from a wide range of backgrounds, aptitudes and needs. This is challenging as well as exciting, so we offer a gradual and supportive introduction to the classroom.
The Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE) module asks you to reflect upon areas that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In this module you will be asked to: consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom.
You'll spend a minimum of 120 days in school which will be divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. In this time you will be expected to teach your two focus languages.
Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which prepares you for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This will be enhanced by on-going training during school experience and will include aspects such as: behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs. Assessment of this module is through a portfolio of evidence and will require you to demonstrate your engagement across all eight of the Teachers’ Standards.
The programme is taught and assessed at masters level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements, you will also leave with 60 masters level credits, equivalent to one third of a masters degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
Further details can be found here
Interviews take place at Goldsmiths
Interviews will require you to demonstrate your own knowledge in the subject you are intending on teaching as well as including activities to gauge your understanding of the teaching profession.
Activities at interview will include:
- A written English test;
- An opportunity to demonstrate group work skills;
- An individual interview;
- You will need to prepare a short teaching episode to demonstrate how you might engage pupils in learning language.
- You may also be asked to complete a written and verbal task in both languages you will choose to specialise in.
How school placements work
The Secondary PGCE Programme at Goldsmiths offers you the opportunity to specialise in the 11-18 age range.
We work with a partnership of over 300 schools across London and beyond. This means that during your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings which will provide breadth to your understanding of the role of the teacher.
You will have two extended placements during your programme during the Autumn and Spring/ Summer terms.
Placements are allocated for you once you have enrolled onto the programme. In placing you we take into account any care responsibilities or personal circumstances and we will locate a school for you that is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home in the light of this.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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.
Financial support from the training provider
Scholarships and Bursaries
Additional qualifications may be needed to qualify for the bursary for this PGCE programme.
In addition to a strong subject knowledge, we are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban settings and a have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people.
You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.
You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we will expect you to have a clear understanding of some of realities you will face in the classroom.
You will also need to fulfil our Fitness to Train requirements
About the training provider
Goldsmiths has been educating teachers since 1904, and is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. The partnership you will be joining as you become a student teacher at Goldsmiths has a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools. In the most recent Ofsted report it recognised the contribution we make stating:
“Goldsmiths, University of London has worked in close partnership with schools over many years to help meet a local need for high-quality teachers able to contribute quickly to the education of pupils in a predominantly urban setting. Head teachers say that trainees and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) need to be able to ‘hit the ground running’. This is an attribute that Goldsmiths' NQTs have in abundance."
The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has been designed to:
• Promote Reflection: to develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience.
• Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: to be rights respecting and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.
• Celebrate Creativity: to take informed risks and use imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.
• Develop Confidence and Engagement: to participate fully in steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Disability Service can help you to arrange any reasonable adjustments, equipment or support you need to study effectively at Goldsmiths. See the Disability Service web pages for more information.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
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