- PGCE Secondary Modern Languages
- Institute for Education
- Campus or location
- Newton Park, Culverhay and partner schools
- Course length
- One year full-time.
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: R9X1
- Campus Code: A,BSU
You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.
See 'What we look for in potential students' for more information.
Become a secondary language teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding-rated PGCE programme.
- Enhance your schools-based classroom experience with critical, reflective, research-informed University teaching.
- Develop your expertise to teach pupils aged 11-16 (KS3 and KS4) and experience working with post-16 students.
- Graduate with a PGCE with QTS and 60 Master's Level Credits, plus professional and academic expertise.
Outstanding teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Embedded within our partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding-rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Secondary Languages teacher.
Our full-time PGCE Secondary Modern Languages course spans from the beginning of September to the beginning of July. You'll gain experience in a wide variety of schools including primary and special schools. The programme is structured to ensure that you acquire expertise in core teaching skills and attributes, but also contains enough flexibility to allow you to individualise your training during professional development weeks.
You'll graduate with a PGCE with QTS and 60 Master's Level Credits - these can contribute to a full Master's qualification to further develop your professional and academic expertise.
“The Modern Languages PGCE at Bath Spa is a really well run programme. On both school phases I had the opportunity of working with really inspiring mentors.”Nicola Doyle, PGCE Secondary Modern Languages graduate
What you'll learn
At the heart of the PGCE Secondary programme is the notion of the teacher as a reflective practitioner. The course nurtures and develops a reflective approach to teaching and learning, and encourages BSTs (Bath Spa Teachers) to take a critical stance in their work. The Professional Studies programme is at the core of the PGCE Secondary programme, which integrates both University and partnership training.
You'll be organised in mixed subject groups, positioning you as a BST in the broader context of professional practice. The key generic and pedagogical issues addressed take you beyond the confines of the traditional subject curriculum.
The PGCE year starts with an initial preparatory period which tackles the notion of the role of the teaching professional, with an emphasis on the Languages practitioner. Through Professional Studies, and subject and pedagogical teaching modules, you'll begin to develop an understanding of the breadth of the role of the teacher as well as becoming familiar with the subject knowledge, skills, and pedagogies associated with your own particular subject.
Throughout the PGCE year, you'll track your experiences. Towards the end of the programme, you'll have the opportunity to undertake your own personalised professional development, through the opportunity to experience situations you have not yet come across. These may include schools in challenging circumstances, or working with pupils with English as an additional language - depending on the setting you have worked most closely with thus far. Furthermore, these weeks offer you the opportunity to enrich your profile, for example by teaching a subsidiary subject or specialising in working with pupils with special educational needs.
The PGCE Secondary programme consists of seamless training both at the University and in school. There are two assessed phases in school – one lasting seven weeks, and the other lasting 14 weeks.
Prior to these are University sessions involving subject pedagogies and knowledge which link to schools through direct classroom sessions.
The Professional Studies programme dovetails both school and University training.
How will I be assessed?
A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. There are five progress review points throughout the PGCE year, which take the form of individual tutorials with your Academic Tutor to monitor your progress and set individual targets for the next phase of training.
The PGCE Secondary programme is a continuous and open assessment of your progress across all aspects of the training: Subject Studies, Professional Studies and school-assessed phases. Three assignments are offered at Level 7 (Postgraduate award) through which you can gain 60 Master's level credits to put towards further part-time study at the University.
How will I be taught?
The PGCE programme is distinguished by the knowledge and experience of the Ofsted "Outstanding" team of academic tutors, who are complemented by expert school-based mentors and trainers. Bath Spa University’s Institute for Education has over 70 years’ experience of delivering high quality training for teachers and is recognised as one of the leading providers in the country.
You'll be taught in mixed subject groups for Professional Studies, and in smaller subject groups for subject sessions. In addition, you'll be involved in whole cohort sessions and will benefit from individual tutorials five times a year. In both assessed school phases, you'll work closely with your school-based mentors and trainers. Your academic tutor in your subject specialism will be your individual academic and pastoral tutor throughout your PGCE year.
This Secondary teacher training course produces outstanding teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to face the challenges of the twenty-first century teacher.
On successful completion of the programme, you'll be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Level 7), with a recommendation to the National College of Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education-based employment.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
As a Bath Spa Teacher, you'll learn in a variety of locations within our wide partnership, both at the University and in schools.
University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials, and electronic resources.
UK and EU students full time
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International students full time
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Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.
In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2:2 honours degree or above with at least 50% in French, German, Spanish or Italian. A native speaker of one of the above languages would need to be a fluent and clear speaker of English and have a degree, which may be in another subject other than the first language they wish to teach.
You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and Mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.
Expertise in a second Modern Language (previously listed) is useful, but not essential. Other desirable second languages are Russian, Mandarin, Japanese or a community language such as Urdu or Bengali.
Successful completion of a Modern Languages Enhancement Course is also acceptable in addition to a degree. A language A-level is also required.
All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
How do I apply?
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Experience observing and/or working in schools is recommended and will enhance your application.