About the course
The Languages PGCE explores languages teaching and learning by combining theory and practice in innovative, inspiring and effective ways. This helps students develop a critical awareness and strong classroom skills to enable them to become a principled professional and educational thinker. The programme is rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted (2013).
This programme enables students to engage critically with a number of approaches and issues relating to languages education, such as the teaching of grammar, the incorporation of literature into lessons, target language use and the monitoring and assessment of pupils' learning. It incorporates a range of approaches to effective, inclusive learning, and develops a student’s professionalism and critical awareness to a high level. The programme prepares languages student teachers to teach the 11-16 age range. Wherever possible, we provide opportunities for trainees to gain experience at Key Stage 5 (post-16 age range).
The Languages PGCE programme is informed by research and places a strong emphasis on cultural knowledge, use of literature in the languages classroom, pupils' use of target language and broader aspects of language learning including issues related to bilingual learners and English as an additional language and other areas such as information and communications technology and digital, video and multimedia production.
This programme consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.
The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
Students will spend most of their time (120 days) in schools, working with subject specialist mentors who support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong Languages departments.
Candidates whose applications meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview at our central London location. At your interview day, you will take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and may also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject or phase. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take a self-guided campus tour.
How school placements work
Our 500 placement schools are chosen for their quality, excellence in supporting teacher education and to provide comprehensive geographical coverage across a wide range of phases, subjects and specialisms. You will take a minimum of two placements in different schools (120 days in total), each with a dedicated placement co-ordinating mentor, with both schools carefully matched to your needs in terms of location, stage and subject, taking any mobility needs into account. London has more 'good' and 'outstanding' schools than any other region in England and is a world leader in narrowing the gap between the performance of children from a range of different backgrounds. Training in London will provide you with an ideal platform to launch your career in teaching.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in in the main language (Mandarin) to be taught. The degree must contain at least 50% of the language if it is a combined degree.
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/ 5 or above. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing either the Mathematics Foundation, Mathematics Higher or English from www.equivalencytesting.com and achieving at least a grade 5. We do not accept "applied" or "additional" GCSE subjects.
Great teachers are as diverse as the communities they serve. We look for candidates who have a real enthusiasm for engaging with young people, who are as excited about the process of learning as they are about teaching, and who understand that they will learn as much from their students as their students will from them. Sound subject knowledge is important, as well as students’ ability to break down their knowledge and see it through the eyes of someone for whom it is new. We particularly welcome a commitment to improving the lives of individuals and communities through education.
If a candidate does not have a degree in Mandarin, then they should be a native speaker and have a degree in a related subject. For Mandarin, HSK level 6 may be acceptable along with a degree in a related subject.
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About the training provider
The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Our programmes are recognised by Ofsted as 'outstanding' in every criterion across Primary, Secondary and Post-Compulsory education (FE).
- We'll support you with the skills and knowledge you'll need from the moment you step into a classroom, but we know that learning to teach is much more than that we'll prepare you to build a rewarding and fulfilling long-term career in education.
- Our focus on quality means that whatever route you select, you will be taught by experts in your subject and education phase, many of whom are world leaders in their field.
- We are committed to supporting education in London, where schools lead the country in performance and pupil progress. We work with around 500 London schools, including long-term partners who work with us to harness our wider research and expertise.
- When you walk into the UCL Institute of Education, you'll join a lively, friendly and diverse community of 8,000 students and more than 600 distinguished academics, committed to improving lives through education and promoting social participation to address local and global challenges.
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