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Year of Entry 2021/22
PGCE

Secondary Modern Foreign Languages with Qualified Teacher Status

Convey your skill and enthusiasm for modern languages on this PGCE — gaining advanced qualifications and eye-catching employability.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
What is the UCAS code? R9X1
When do I start? August 2021

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Course summary

  • Train and become a qualified, competent teacher of key stage 3 to post-16 French, Spanish or German.
  • Gain hands-on experience of the school environment with 120 days placement work.
  • Attain a masters-level PGCE, or a PCE, along with your Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Work in a supportive, collaborative environment, with wide-ranging teaching methods.

Become a capable, employable German, French and Spanish teacher, languages which may make you eligible for an NCTL-funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement course, or SKE booster course. You explore your languages in depth, leaving with advanced qualifications. You undertake 120 days' placement work, with close academic support and mentoring throughout.

Student view
Ben Swales

‘I chose Sheffield Hallam because of its excellent reputation as a teacher training provider; I’d heard so many good things about it from friends who are teachers and had trained there or knew people that had trained there.’
Ben Swales, PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages

Graduate View

Watch graduate Nicola Hodgett talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

The vocational nature of this course is designed to provide capable, employable German, French and Spanish teachers - having at least two of these languages is a distinct advantage. You'll explore your languages in further detail, leaving with advanced qualifications, and learn how to enthuse and motivate others in these subjects. You'll undertake 120 days' placement work, with close academic support and mentoring throughout, and benefit from wide-ranging teaching methods on-campus.

You learn through

  • 120 days of school-based training
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lectures
  • observation
  • collaborative planning
  • one-to-one sessions
  • group work
  • practical work
  • independent study
  • written assessments

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.

For more information visit our School Direct page .

Course leaders and tutors

Nickey Brown
Nickey Brown
Senior Lecturer PGCE Modern Languages

I work with Modern Languages PGCE students and mentors through lectures, seminars and tutorials, in university and in placement schools

Applied learning

Work placements

This course ensures that you'll have the real-life experience you need to enter teaching. You'll spend 120 days in two separate schools of 11-16 and 11-18 age groups, with school-based mentors and campus-based tutors monitoring your progress and providing support. Upon graduating, many of our students go into full-time employment at their placement school.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching Key Stage 3, 4 and post-16 German, Spanish and French
  • academic careers as a researcher via Masters level study and PhD
  • local authority/voluntary sector work or research
  • non-government organisation (NGO) administrative and research posts
  • enrichment work with young people
  • more general graduate careers including, for example, retail management and the civil service

The course is vocational in nature, and our graduate employment rate is usually well in excess of 90%.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Entry requirements

All students

An honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent, that includes substantial study in at least one modern foreign language. Or you need to be a native speaker of French, Spanish or German with any degree plus evidence of recent language study.

Normally GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only, we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in subject-related, or other related educational activities.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)  prior to starting your course.

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, to help ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.

Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must complete all the professional checks that are required as part of entry for the course:

Suitability Declaration
You must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission suitability declaration form provided during the admissions process:
• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
• if you have ever been removed from a teacher training programme as a result of your behaviour, or would have been removed if you had not left the programme
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check
• you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process
• if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
• In addition to this all those who are made an offer of a place will be checked against the DfE children’s barred list.

Occupational Health Screening
You will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Other background checks
All applicants that have accepted an offer will also be checked against the prohibition list to ensure you are not:
• subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State
• prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA)

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, please notify the Academic Administration team immediately by emailing tedss@shu.ac.uk.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Developing And Reflecting On Professional Practice Credits: 30
Module: Developing And Reflecting On Subject Knowledge And Pedagogy In Secondary Modern Foreign Languages Credits: 30
Module: School Based Training 1 Credits: -
Module: School Based Training 2 Credits: -

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £9,250 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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Scholarships and bursaries

If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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How do I apply?

There are two routes to achieve a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status, either through the University's provider-led route, or School Direct route.

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