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Modern Foreign Languages (Secondary Education) PGCE

Modern Foreign Languages (Secondary Education) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Modern Languages Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11–16 age range which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. The course also offers enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase. You will graduate a competent and confident teacher of French, German or Spanish at all levels in secondary schools. Young people need to be prepared for a world where the ability to communicate with other nationalities in their language becomes essential. Graduates of the course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become confident and competent secondary-school teachers. As well as gaining a PGCE, you will be assessed against the national Teachers’ Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. There is a national shortage of modern foreign language teachers, with the subjects being nationally recognised as secondary shortage subjects. This means that teachers qualifying in modern foreign languages are particularly employable. If you demonstrate a high level of understanding you may be eligible for masters-level credits.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module builds upon your existing expertise in modern foreign languages and provides you with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of modern foreign languages in the secondary school context. You will consider the learning and teaching strategies that are relevant to the specialist subject.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant. Students need to have GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4) in English language and mathematics.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more