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PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Modern Languages

Course type


Course Summary

Stimulating young minds and watching pupils grow in confidence and achieve their full potential - that’s what secondary education is all about.

Our PGCE Master’s programme closely interweaves school and university-based training. Over 38 weeks, you’ll spend at least120 days (minimum 24 weeks) on school placement and 60 study days in structured learning at UEA.

You will develop a range of skills to enthuse youngsters and support them in achieving their linguistic potential, and learn about the importance of developing cultural understanding and the impact this can have in shaping young people’s worldviews.

Our course will provide you with the opportunity to research and evaluate the latest thinking in good teaching practice. It will help you understand how pupils best learn foreign languages, so that you can support and guide them in an effective manner. It will also allow you to develop your own strategies to make your teaching an engaging and positive experience for all.


Our one-year, full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Modern Foreign Languages programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach modern foreign languages to pupils aged between 11 and 16 – plus the option of additional experience of A-Level modern foreign languages teaching. Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.

An essential part of the course is to understand and be able to help pupils to meet the demands of the National Curriculum and post-16 specifications.

You will learn about the theory of how languages are learnt and benefit from engaging in activities which give you practical experience of planning schemes of work and individual lessons. Collaborating with your peers, you will compare and contrast methods and build your confidence and techniques before undertaking school-based placements.


This is the theoretical element of the Secondary Years PGCE programme.

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: 2:2 or above preferred in Languages. Students are required to hold a degree from a Higher Education Institution by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September, ideally in languages, literature or linguistics. Native speakers with a non-language based degree are encouraged to make enquiries regarding eligibility for entry to the course. In addition to high-level language skills, applicants should have a good knowledge of the countries and cultures where the language(s) offered are spoken.

University information

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus-based university in Norwich, with a global reputation for its excellent academic, social and cultural facilities, delivered to more than 15,000 students from over 80 countries. Over 4,000 making up its postgraduate community. The University prides itself on the quality of its research, being part of Norwich Research Park, one of the largest communities of researchers in Europe, leading the way...more