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Primary Education (Modern Foreign Languages - French, Spanish, German) PGCE

Primary Education (Modern Foreign Languages - French, Spanish, German) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Modern Languages Teaching / Training Teaching In Primary Schools French Language German Language Spanish Language

Course type


Course Summary

In this course, trainees following the Primary Modern Languages pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary modern languages. The aim of this pathway is to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to teach a modern foreign language effectively and creatively within the primary curriculum. In particular, the programme focuses on the role that languages play in relation to their inclusion as a statutory element of the National Curriculum, focusing on good practice as outlined in the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages. You will be encouraged to develop your reflective and analytical skills both as a professional practitioner and as a languages specialist. The programme is taught mainly through seminars, workshops and school placements that enable you to develop your specialism. School placements will be based in Key Stage 2, reflecting the statutory nature of the subject in this Key Stage. However, the programme covers teaching and learning from 5-11 and, once qualified, you will be eligible to teach across the primary age range. By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements. The taught element is made up of timetabled seminars, lectures and self-directed study. You will be asked to work individually and as part of small and larger groups. Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.

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Study mode

Full time


36 weeks

Start date



The module will develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required for you to teach Modern Languages in Key Stage 2, and enable you to understand how it is taught in related phases. The emphasis throughout this module will be on evidence-informed practice; integrating theory, policy and practice; identifying your own personal theories and beliefs, and encouraging reflective, critical approaches to your professional and personal development. There is also an emphasis within the module on peer support and developing you as a future subject leader in Modern Languages. The module covers Modern Languages in wider contexts beyond the classroom and it is hoped that you develop a longer-term view on effective teaching of Modern Languages, grounded in theory and practice.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students with a 2:1 or above in their first degree; Students need to have at least good A level French, Spanish or German, preferably to degree level, or to have spent time living in a French, Spanish or German-speaking country; Students need to have spent at least one week helping out or observing in an English primary school in the last two years; Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C.

University information

The University of Exeter is a public research university that is a member of the leading research- oriented UK universities, the Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of their 23,613 students, 4,681 of these are postgraduates. There are three main campuses to study at, with most...more