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PGCE Modern Foreign Languages secondary school placement

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages


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UCAS French with German: 2TRG / French with Spanish: 2TWP / German with Spanish: 2TRD / Spanish with French: 2TRC

Bognor Regis campus

1 Year Full Time

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Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • Normally candidates will have an?honours?degree at 2.2 or above in French, German or Spanish or in a subject where the content can be demonstrated to be at least 50% Modern Foreign Language.?
  • If you are unsure about the suitability of your degree or you are a native speaker of French, German or Spanish, please contact the course?co-ordinator?for advice.?
  • Applicants also require a second language preferably to A level (or equivalent) in French, German or Spanish, although this can be gained prior to the start of the course in September.?
  • All candidates must have achieved grade C / 4 or above in?GCSE?English and?Maths.?
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.
  • You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate a good understanding of the profession
  • GCSE?Equivalency:?We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full?GCSE?course?however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to?enrol?for the full?GCSE?course, please contact?Admissions?to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.


2021/22?UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Bursaries and scholarships:

University of Chichester?alumni applying for a?PGCE?degree, there will be a £1,000 bursary available.

Did you know you could receive up to £28,000?tax-free?funding to support your postgraduate teacher training??Find out more about?government?bursaries and scholarships?available.?

Student view

Rosie Simpson
Modern Foreign Languages PGCE student 2015-2016
Before I even submitted my application for MFL PGCE I felt supported by Elaine and the team. I was invited to attend the annual MFL conference held at the university prior to beginning the course. This was a fantastic way to begin as I could meet other PGCSE applicants and learn from speakers at the forefront of MFL pedagogy. The input and guidance offered throughout the MFL training was far beyond my expectations and proved invaluable to becoming an effective teacher. Each session at the university was relevant, referenced contemporary research and improved my teaching practice measurably. Many of the resources I was offered during my training I use day-to-day in the MFL lessons I teach now. The course is rigorous and yet manageable due to the unwavering support offered by Elaine and the rest of University of Chichester. Tutors are always keen to help you succeed at every stage from essay writing and form filling, all the way through to securing a job at the end.
Priscilla Ravelo Gutierrez
Modern Foreign Languages PGCE student 2015-2016

My training at the university of Chichester was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I received all sort of support and the university really made me feel at home. The placements were fantastic and the support from mentors and teachers was outstanding, I couldn’t have done it without them!

Michaela Bishop
Modern Foreign Languages PGCE student 2012-2013

I chose to complete my Secondary MFL PGCE course through the University of Chichester as it was close to home and had a very good reputation. It turned out to be a perfect choice as the training I received was first class. From start to finish, I felt very well supported by caring and knowledgeable tutors who provided relevant, up-to-date tuition with enthusiasm and passion for high-quality teaching and learning. I had two great placements in Hampshire and West Sussex, as well as the opportunity to spend a week at a primary feeder school and the numerous day visits to observe in a range of other schools (not to mention the day trip to Paris!) were also invaluable.?I am particularly grateful to Elaine Minett, my subject mentor for MFL, for her inspirational leadership and unfailing dedication to helping us to better our practice throughout.?Five years into my teaching career, I continue to have regular contact with my mentor and I would not hesitate to recommend this training provider.

Course content


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Course overview

Having the ability to speak another language is an incredible skill to have. By studying a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), you can use that skill to take advantage of teaching opportunities in the UK and beyond.

There’s a huge demand for French, German and Spanish teachers in the UK. That’s why you could receive a £10,000 Government bursary to support you financially through the course. Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in just one year with this degree.

Course structure

During this?creative degree, you’ll split your time between placements in schools and university-based training including Subject Study and Professional Studies modules:

  1. Subject Study – you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn new languages and how to best support their learning in listening, speaking, reading and writing. You’ll develop strategies to motivate young learners through the use of song, literature and ICT. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to deliver creative lesson plans in the classroom. There will also be opportunities for you to continue to improve your chosen?foreign language.
  2. Professional Studies – these modules will allow you to develop skills as an effective teacher including behaviour management, child protection, applying for teaching positions and more.
  3. School placements – As part of the course, you’ll gain teaching experience in two contrasting?secondary schools. You’ll also spend some time observing in a primary school and benefit from joint training with students on the Primary PGCE MFL specialism.?

Why study this course?

  • You can qualify as a teacher in one year
  • The course will allow you to teach Key Stages 3 and 4 as well as A level (ages 11 to 19)
  • You’ll gain teaching experience in school?placements
  • You’ll be taught at Masters level – this means you can carry 60 Masters level credits forward to a full Masters level degree
  • Our course includes a well-respected summer conference where prospective, current and past students are invited along with local teachers. It provides the opportunity to hear a number of national?speakers present on a variety of engaging and thought-provoking topics.?
  • You could receive?a £10,000 Government bursary
  • We are offering a £1000 bursary?for Chichester alumni students continuing their studies with a?PGCE

Course start date

This course starts in?September and is taught on our Bognor Regis Campus.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.? It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.? We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.?We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone to help with any enquiries, over 80 open access work stations and Costa Coffee.? An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans.

Teaching Resources

Teaching resources at the University of Chichester

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis campus to see our assortment of materials.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore.?

Where this can take you

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.? At the end of the year, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.? Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools.?

Further study

After you graduate from your PGCE, you can choose to progress to a Masters degree:

Indicative modules

Subject specialism modules include:?

  • Why MFL??
  • National Curriculum guidance for MFL
  • Creativity in language teaching
  • Lesson design
  • Learning through song
  • Effective observation?
  • Managing the MFL classroom
  • Using ICT effectively in MFL
  • Additional language acquisition?
  • Focus on phonics
  • Using the target language in the classroom
  • Developing pupil use of the target language; spontaneous talk
  • Teaching writing
  • Teaching grammar
  • Developing listening & reading skills
  • Assessment
  • Key Stage 2 MFL
  • Continuity, progression & transition
  • Language upskilling
  • Content and language integrated learning?
  • Adaptive teaching
  • Developing independent learning

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Some of the Secondary and Primary Modern Foreign Languages PGCE students working together to explore the potential to link languages to other areas of the curriculum.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.


The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

Meet the lecturers

Our?programmes?are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their?profiles?to see who could be teaching you

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

DBS and School Experience costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required?to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which?needs to be?paid for?before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course, you will spend 24?weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised ?in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which ?can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute?will not?usually ?exceed?1 hour?from your term-time address to the placement school (assuming your term-time address is within our partnership area).?

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use?whilst on school experience as?schools are not required to provide these.?

Financial help available from the University

Our Finance pages provide?details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.


Our Schools Partnership?network

We work with hundreds of partnership schools and?organisations?covering a wide area including?West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, East Sussex and the Surrey border. These partners are based in rural and urban settings and cover a varied range of school types.?

How the placements work

Around 70%?of the course is spent in school, with your time divided mainly between two contrasting placements. You'll also complete a?week's training in a primary school (Key?Stage 2). Gaining experience in a mix of settings will help you to develop the skills required to confidently start a career in teaching.?

The University will find?placements?for you.?Great care is taken to place you in schools that will support you?and prepare you thoroughly for a career in teaching.?

Support?during your placements

School?experience is invaluable?to trainee teachers. That's why we take steps to ensure you are well?supported. We provide mentor training in our partnerships schools so you can learn from and build relationships with?serving teachers. You'll also have the full support of the teaching staff at the University while you're out on placement.


For further information about this course, please contact?Elaine?Minett,?PGCE?Modern Foreign Languages?Coordinator at?

How to apply

Applying to?this course

To apply to this course, you'll need to submit your application directly through Apply for teacher training.?For more advice on how to apply, visit the Get into Teaching website.

Personal statements tips

Your personal statement should include information about yourself, why you want to teach, what sparked your passion and details of any related teaching experience. Take a look at some helpful personal statement?tips from?the Get into Teaching website.