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Secondary Modern Foreign Languages PGCE

Secondary Modern Foreign Languages 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 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. By studying a range of topics and themes, we will prepare you to plan lessons that ensure pupils make constant progress in inclusive environments. You will learn how to employ appropriate language learning strategies in different contexts.

Secondary schools are demanding but tremendously rewarding environments to work in. You’ll be teaching pupils as they mature from early adolescence to adulthood. And our programme will teach you how to make an effective contribution to the work of the school beyond your subject. Our graduates go on to have great success in their careers. Alongside your PGCE, you’ll gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits. Career opportunities for qualified teachers are more diverse than ever before. Within a few years of joining the profession you could find yourself being promoted into a role with subject leadership and pastoral responsibilities, and progressing into senior leadership roles after experience of middle management. We are committed to supporting you beyond your training year and work closely with schools and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction bodies to identify and provide support during your NQT year.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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, students 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