Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of modern foreign languages, studying with a specialist to gain the knowledge and skills to use a variety of different approaches to teaching your specialist subject; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
For the PGCE Modern Foreign Languages course, we accept applications from graduates who can offer a combination of the following languages: French, German, Italian and Spanish. French will be included in the combination as either your first or second language offered, even if you are a native speaker of other languages.
The University’s Bedford campus is home to one of the largest education providers in the UK. We have well-established links with more than 500 schools across the Eastern Region which means that we are constantly at the forefront of educational developments. The quality of our provision is based on a long and established history of teacher education.
Teaching modern foreign languages in secondary schools can be a very rewarding endeavour; on the one hand it provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for linguists to put their enthusiasm in, and knowledge of their subject(s) to good use and at the same time provide invaluable educational opportunities for young people to enable them to broaden their horizons to other people and cultures and communicate with them.
The Secondary PGCE in Modern Languages aims to develop the necessary skills to teach modern languages effectively and make learning experiences for young people enjoyable and varied.
Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destinations surveys show that 90% of graduate teachers will have secured full-time teaching posts to begin in the year of graduation, with a further 9% working in part-time teaching positions.
The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development.
On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda and to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings.