University of Wolverhampton
Modern Languages (R9X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
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
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/teaching

About the course

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

The PGCE in Secondary Education is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.

Modern Foreign Languages are an exciting and relevant part of the school curriculum. Pupils learn skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation, in a wide range of contexts drawing upon authentic foreign language materials and literary texts. As a trainee you will learn how to teach any combination of French, German and/or Spanish to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching modern foreign languages through a combination of university-led and school-led training.

Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level.

Interview process

Interview and Selection

First Stage:

All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course.

If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.

Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Second Stage:

You will undertake either an observed group task or a subject-specific activity (if you are applying for secondary teacher training).

Third Stage:

You will engage in individual face to face interview.

We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course.

How school placements work

One of our strengths is that we have a vast network of high quality partnership schools in which to place you for the extended school placements. We ensure that you receive high quality school-based training by selecting schools with highly trained mentors and a proven track record of excellent trainee outcomes. We will also take other factors into consideration when placing you, such as your geographical location and transportation, to provide you with the best possible experience in a convenient and suitable setting.

The University-led elements of the course take place at our Walsall Campus. Our PGCE starts in early September and ends in June, and it is an intensive academic and professional training course that effectively prepares you for your first teaching post and beyond.

The course comprises of a two day professional placement in mixed subject groups, two extended school placements in your subject specialism and two periods of University-based teaching – September to October and January to February. The programme also includes a short Primary school placement and additional opportunities for a range of enhancements to your course; for example, experience of teaching pupils with special educational needs or teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility 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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • A standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.
  • A first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations and be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted

You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.

Personal qualities

You will possess a real interest and aptitude for modern foreign languages and an ability to think creatively about presenting the language(s) and associated cultures to others. Candidates will be expected to teach a wide range of vocabulary, topics and grammatical structures in order to develop pupils’ linguistic competence and ability to express their ideas and opinions in speech and in writing. You need to be confident in the use of authentic foreign language materials, in teaching pupils to translate into and out of the foreign language and in working with literary texts such as stories, songs, poems and letters.

Other requirements

Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee.

About the training provider

‘ASPIRATION, ATTITUDE, ACHIEVEMENT’

The University of Wolverhampton is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, with many of our graduates going on to work within the conurbation. Our tutors are all experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.

Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.

Access to free Professional Skills Test Support.

High quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment.

A clear progression to Master’s degree study, with opportunities to use PGCE credits to embark upon further study following successful completion of the course, including a fully tailored Newly Qualified Teacher module that can be completed during your induction year.

Access to leading research in the field of Education that enables trainees to develop as reflective practitioners.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have a dedicated Student Support and Wellbeing department within the university offering support services in:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: Staff are equipped in supporting students who have mental health needs, or students with an Autism Spectrum Condition. Often, these difficulties overlap and therefore we are here to support you with your overall wellbeing whilst at university.
  • Disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties: Including

Specific learning difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and

Mental Health conditions, Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger syndrome, Sensory disabilities including those affecting sight or hearing and Long term medical conditions

  • Counselling: Help is offered in developing your strengths, making decisions and developing the skills and resources to cope. As counsellors, we help you to find the answers.
  • Chaplaincy : Whether you are a person of faith, someone who is searching, someone with questions and doubts, or of no faith, you are welcome in our Chaplaincy building and to receive the support of the Chaplaincy team. We are a team of multi-faith Chaplains and between us we cover all of the University sites.

Find out more at www.wlv.ac.uk/ssw

Contact details

Email
enquiries@wlv.ac.uk
Telephone
01902 321000
Website
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/teaching
Address
Gorway Road
Walsall
United Kingdom
WS1 3BD

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: W75
  • Training programme code: R9X1

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