About the course
Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 94% of 2018 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2018 student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.
This is a high-quality course that focuses on developing the subject knowledge that will enable all trainees to teach two Modern Foreign Languages with confidence in secondary schools. The course is skills-based, research-focused and developmental, aimed at promoting teaching skills based on a reasoned and elective methodology that integrates formative assessment practices, class management issues, technology awareness and research findings.
Students sometimes work with native speaker linguists from the Strand campus to develop linguistic competence and pedagogical awareness in a unique programme. Hispanists, Germanists and those with main French work with each other, sometimes working in language specific groups. There is a varied programme of tutor inputs, seminars, workshops and student presentations with considerable collaborative learning. Students are also required to undertake research and other independent learning tasks including data-collection from the classroom.
The ERASMUS programme enabling students to do part of their School Experience abroad is also a unique feature of this course available, although not guaranteed, for a small number of students who meet the requirements.
At interview, applicants will be asked to discuss their observations of time spent in a Secondary School MFL department (where this has taken place) as well as to share their vision of learning.
Applicants will be asked to consider and then to present their ideas for teaching a grammatical structure or a lexical item selected previously prepared for the interview, in a micro-teaching format.
Oral and written competence will be tested. Applicants whose mother tongue is French, German, or Spanish will need to have an excellent command of spoken and written English. This will also be tested.
In your presentation that comprises a 5-minute teaching slot we will be looking for:
- effective age-appropriate use of the target language:
- ability to present concepts at a school level;
- engagement with the audience;
- use of simple resources (e.g. visual aids. NB: No Powerpoints due to time constraints);
- understanding of the subject you wish to teach;
- an effective lesson shape for your 5-minute micro-teaching slot
In your writing we will be looking for:
- ability to express yourself clearly;
- accurate grammar and spelling.
How school placements work
You will have two different school placements during the course. We work with a large number of schools around London and Greater London and we select school placements carefully, taking into account the teachers who act as mentors and the subjects they offer.
We try to ensure that all trainees have a reasonable journey to school and to ensure that you have a balanced teaching experience including the full secondary age (11-18) and ability range.
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.
You will need one of the following:
a) a degree in two languages (minimum 2.2)
b) a degree in the first foreign language plus an associated subject area (minimum 2.2) with the second foreign language up to at least A level or equivalent
c) licence or Matrise in Languages or other European equivalencies
An example of b) is French with Business Studies or European Studies.
All applicants must possess a grade C/ grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent).
- conceptual understanding of secondary school-based MFL teaching and learning
- competence and certification in two foreign languages (French, German, Spanish), the main language at degree level and the second language to at least B2 level. Oral and written competence will be tested at interview. Applicants whose mother tongue is French, German, or Spanish will need to have an excellent command of spoken and written English (also tested).
- ability to think and reason clearly
- successful experience with children or clear potential for this
- ability to interact with pupils and colleagues
- strong motivation to teach
The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Candidates offered a place on a PGCE course will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. This must be completed before you register on the programme.
About the training provider
Experience: King’s has been training teachers for over 120 years and has developed a reputation for excellence in its training methods. The PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and are highly experienced in teacher training.
Reputation: King’s has developed a reputation for excellence in both training methods and the standards of new teachers we train. At the most recent Ofsted inspection King’s was graded 'Outstanding'.
Location: Based in the heart of London, King’s is surrounded by landmarks and cultural institutions that we incorporate into our training. Transport links are extensive as the campus is only minutes from Waterloo station.
Student satisfaction: Trainees value the effectiveness of their training in preparing them for their teaching career. 92% of graduates rated the quality of our training as very good or good in the 2018 student survey.
Employment prospects: 94% of 2018 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. Many schools actively contact us to try and recruit our trainees during the academic year.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.
We always welcome applications from people with disabilities. Candidates offered a place must complete a pre-commencement health declaration form. If this reveals a need, King's provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for the trainee during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Bridge Wing, Waterloo Road, London SE1 9NN
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