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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Modern Languages

Initial Teacher Education

    Key facts

    Award
    Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (Modern Languages)
    School
    Institute for Education
    Campus or location
    Course length
    Two weeks full time

    Entry requirements

    You’ll require a referral from your Initial Teacher Education/PGCE provider. Your provider may refer you to an enhancement course where either you do not have a degree that contains more than 50% in modern languages or where they consider your modern language knowledge is weak and offers no specialism.

    Develop a greater depth of modern language understanding prior to starting a PGCE.

    • Ideal if you’re interested in teaching Modern Languages as a secondary subject but don’t have a related degree.
    • Opportunities for school visits, trips and fieldwork to place subject in wider context.
    • Equip yourself with modern language knowledge that will allow you to teach up to A-Level.

    This is highly interactive two week, full-time course where you’ll develop confidence as well as subject knowledge in modern languages.

    You’ll enhance your second teaching language and refresh your first teaching language in order to proceed confidently onto your chosen initial teacher education route.

    "The course really helped improve my subject knowledge and I was also able to build targets to improve it further."

    Samantha Davis, Subject Knowledge Enhancement Modern Languages

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    Before you begin the course, you’ll complete an individual Subject Knowledge Audit, to determine specific areas of subject knowledge to be developed.

    Through this course we aim to:

    • Prepare you for your PGCE programme – we’ll highlight teaching and learning issues in modern languages;
    • Inspire passion for modern languages including all aspects of local, national and global developments within it;
    • Help you understand the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with modern languages;
    • Model imaginative and creative approaches to teaching and learning, and excellent practice in assessment;
    • Prepare you to teach modern languages up to Key Stage 4 level. You’ll have the opportunity to reach up to A-level standard teaching knowledge.

    How will I be assessed?

    There is no formal assessment but you’ll work up to GCSE and AS level in your second language. You’ll receive a record of achievement on completing the course, which will be copied to the institution where you are, or will be, studying.

    You’ll be set clear targets to achieve as a result of the course, building on the audit of subject knowledge, understanding and skills undertaken with the help of the course tutor.

    How will I be taught?

    Teaching and learning will include a range of methods to enhance your knowledge and understanding including tutorials, practical tasks, essays, investigations, collaborative projects and presentations. In addition, there may be opportunities for school visits, fieldwork, trips and visits to help place your subject in a wider context.

    You’ll learn about or be introduced to:

    • the National Curriculum and GCSE syllabuses;
    • specific topics and skills, in relation to language teaching;
    • resources (both hardware and software) for workshop-based activities in school;
    • ICT skills and techniques, both as a personal study tool and develop subject-specific skills in Spanish;
    • criteria that will identify the characteristics of ‘quality’ work in Spanish;
    • guidance on strategies to improve subject knowledge;
    • concepts that relate to work in Spanish.

    You’ll also research and present subject content on a topic with which you’re not currently familiar.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    This course is taught at Newton Park campus and partnership schools.

    Experienced staff

    The Course Tutor, Philip Campagna, is an experienced teacher of Modern Languages, German, French, Italian and Spanish. He is Course leader for PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages at Bath Spa University and South West Regional Director, Network for Languages. 

    Other teachers from Partners Schools are Associate Tutors and teach on the course, meaning there’s an excellent tutor student working ratio. 

    You’ll work in relatively small groups and have one to one tutor time.

    Fees

    UK and EU students full time

    2017/18 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.
    Year 2 Published Jan 2018
    Year 3 Published Jan 2019

    2018/19 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2018
    Year 2 Published Jan 2019
    Year 3 Published Jan 2020

    2019/20 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2019
    Year 2 Published Jan 2020
    Year 3 Published Jan 2021

    International students full time

    2017/18 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.
    Year 2 Published Jan 2018
    Year 3 Published Jan 2019

    2018/19 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2018
    Year 2 Published Jan 2019
    Year 3 Published Jan 2021

    2019/20 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2019
    Year 2 Published Jan 2020
    Year 3 Published Jan 2021

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    You should demonstrate a passion for modern languages and a real desire to teach it at secondary level.

    You must have been offered a conditional place on an teacher education/PGCE programme, and therefore met the standard PGCE entry requirements for your intended route.

    It is desirable to have experience of the subject to at least A-level standard, and this could be through holding an A-level in the subject, having an element of it in your degree course and/or occupational experience of the subject.

    You’ll need GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents).

    You’ll require a referral from your Initial Teacher Education/PGCE provider. Your provider may refer you to an enhancement course where either you do not have a degree that contains more than 50% in modern languages or where they consider your modern language knowledge is weak and offers no specialism.

    How do I apply?

    You should apply direct to the University, and application forms are available from the course administrator (skeadmin@bathspa.ac.uk). In addition you will require a referral from your ITE provider.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

    Programme Administrator: +44 (0)1225 875631
    Email: skeadmin@bathspa.ac.uk

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