PGCE Secondary French

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

Degree awarded
PGCE
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements
  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree. If you are not a native French speaker, approximately 50% or more of your degree content should have focused on French.
  • A strong academic record at A-level (or equivalent), including French, German or Spanish.
  • You should also be able to speak a second language (German or Spanish). If this is at beginners' level, you would be required to develop it through a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement course, available at various institutions.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through the government website

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCE Y N N N

Course overview

Picture of Naomi Rittey

I chose to study at The University of Manchester because I thought training in a city like Manchester would offer me many different experiences, chances, and types of school.

The tutors are super dedicated to teaching us all that they know; they all come with their own experiences, stories, and advice. Our tutors share this with us to help us develop as teachers ourselves. They are always there if you need anything and have answers and advice for whatever you need. It has been a big part of the PGCE having such support and input.

Naomi Rittey / PGCE Secondary Modern Languages student
  • Become an outstanding secondary school French teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Study courses rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted (Ofsted Report, 2019).
  • Enjoy extensive periods of classroom experience supported by outstanding tutors and mentors.

Open days

Look at our virtual open day content  to help you learn more about the University. 

You will be able to watch videos about the university, including accommodation, student finance and course-specific sessions. 

We'll update our website once plans for PGCE-specific 2022 recruitment events are confirmed. 

We also attend the Department for Education's virtual Train to Teach events

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £9,250
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,500

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

For general fees information, please visit postgraduate fees

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

There are three types of Government funding available for teacher training: 

  • tax-free bursary or scholarship;
  • tuition fee loan and maintenance loan;
  • extra financial support if you're a parent, or have an adult dependant or a disability.

Depending on your circumstances you could receive all three. Find out more at the Department for Education website  

You can find out more about the scholarships and bursaries on our funding page

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0969
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/pgce/
School/Faculty
See: The School .

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree. If you are not a native French speaker, approximately 50% or more of your degree content should have focused on French.
  • A strong academic record at A-level (or equivalent), including French, German or Spanish.
  • You should also be able to speak a second language (German or Spanish). If this is at beginners' level, you would be required to develop it through a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement course, available at various institutions.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.

English language

In addition to a grade C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements:
  • IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or
  • Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 59 in the other sub-sections, or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

We recommend that you spend at least two days observing modern language teaching in a UK state secondary school prior to attending an interview.

Professional entry qualification

Applicants who do not meet this criteria, but who have four years of relevant postgraduate employment or voluntary work, may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Apply through the government website  

Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered. 

You must submit the following with your completed application form: 

  • two written references that support your suitability for teaching;
  • a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing your commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching, your rationale for applying to be a teacher in your subject, an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher, relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role, and a good standard of written English. 

We recommend that you submit your application as soon after applications open as you can. Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents to avoid delays. 

Before submitting your application, please make sure that the information you enter regarding your qualifications is correct and accurate. We have the right to cancel your application if we determine (having carried out any necessary checks), or have reasonable belief, that your application contains false information. If you have any reason to believe that information we hold about you is not true, complete and accurate, you must tell us.

Interview requirements

Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an online interview. All universities interview candidates for PGCE courses.

The interview process includes the following:

  • an introductory talk from University lecturers;
  • a personal online interview with one of our tutors and a teacher from a partnership school;
Secondary PGCE applicants will be asked to conduct a short teaching task and complete a subject knowledge assessment.

Aptitude test requirement

The Government is replacing the professional skills tests with a new system of provider-led assurance in relation to trainees' fundamental knowledge in English and Mathematics. Under this new approach you will not be required to pass professional skills tests prior to commencing your PGCE, but you will need to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge by the end of the programme.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education.

Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service, who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.

You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

PGCE Secondary (French) will train you to teach French across the 11 to 16 or 11 to 18 age range. 

It will prepare you to teach the National Curriculum, GCSE and A-level. 

Completion leads to a postgraduate qualification and recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS). 

University-based sessions will enable you to reflect on teaching methods. 

We are dedicated to developing your expertise and we believe passionately in the benefits of creative, motivating and engaging language lessons in order to create the next generation of lifelong language speakers. 

Our sessions are all interactive and good pedagogy is modelled by skilled and highly motivated University Tutors and guest speakers. Your University Tutors combine experience as outstanding teachers with academic knowledge of innovative, current and relevant educational research. 

We have strong partnerships with schools and colleges, many of which are involved in research projects with the University. We work with a large variety of schools, comprehensives, grammar schools, special schools and sixth form colleges, allowing us to personalise your placement experiences to your individual needs. 

Find out more about your Modern Languages tutors Joanne Taberner , Karen Roberts, and Claire Forbes

Aims

You will: 

  • Develop a critical awareness of lesson and curriculum planning, spending time on each with school-based mentors and University tutors.
  • Develop skills and knowledge in inclusive language teaching.
  • Develop pedagogy and gain an understanding of a range of different teaching strategies in the ML classroom, and also in activities beyond the classroom.
  • Develop subject and curriculum knowledge for KS3, KS4 and KS5 languages.

Special features

  • Our PGCEs are rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted (2019), and we have been judged best university provider of initial teacher training in the North of England (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
  • We have links with more than 200 schools, academies and colleges, and you will benefit from significant school-based teaching experience.
  • Our leading experts in education have trained more than 5,000 teachers in the last 15 years.
  • Our students come from all over the globe and a variety of backgrounds - from recent graduates to mature learners.
  • Our research improves the quality of education across the world, with 78% of our activity defined as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Teaching and learning

The structure of our PGCEs includes both school-based and university-based learning.

On our secondary PGCEs, around two-thirds of your time will be spent on placement in secondary schools and colleges. 

The course is run in partnership with schools and colleges drawn from a wide area, including Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Deeside, Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Staffordshire, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan. 

The University's partnership schools are highly committed to giving you the best possible experience whilst you are on your school placements, giving you the opportunity to put into practice all the knowledge you have acquired from sessions held at the University. 

When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced Subject Mentor, who will help you to plan lessons, deal with marking and assessment, and improve your teaching skills.  

Peer observations of lessons will enable you to participate actively in your own and your fellow students' development as teachers. You will be provided with a significant amount of responsibility to develop your own teaching style, set targets, take your own initiatives and evaluate your own work in planning, teaching and assessing.

Your remaining time will be spent at the University, for example in lectures and seminars, and in subject-specific groups. 

We will support your training to become a secondary school teacher by providing: 

  • a quality teaching experience in our partnership schools and colleges;
  • a study of current educational issues;
  • careers planning and early professional development;
  • guidance and support from experienced University Tutors and school-based mentors;
  • opportunities for reflective practice and research.  

As a guide, you should anticipate that time in university-based learning combined with school-based placements will roughly equate to a full-time job, with additional time required in evenings and weekends for background reading, lesson planning and completing written assignments.

Coursework and assessment

Your school and University experiences are formally assessed. Both your mentors and tutors will help you to record your achievements and set targets from week to week and from placement to placement. 

During each placement, a University tutor will observe you teach and discuss your progress with you and your mentor. 

At the end of each school experience, you will receive a progress report from your mentor. The report will provide clear feedback and targets in the following areas: 

  • subject and curriculum knowledge;
  • planning and teaching;
  • assessment;
  • wider professional responsibilities. 

These reports, together with your record of achievement and development, facilitate your progression as a teacher. 

The written assignments will allow you to gain a maximum of 60 master's-level credits, and guidance and support to complete these assignments will be available from your University tutors.

What our students say

The tutors are super dedicated to teaching us all that they know; they all come with their own experiences, stories, and advice. Our tutors share this with us to help us develop as teachers ourselves. They are always there if you need anything and have answers and advice for whatever you need. 

Naomi Rittey, Student, PGCE Secondary Modern Languages

Read about Naomi's experience  in her student profile.

Facilities

The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), with most PGCE University days based in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building, on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Completing a PGCE is one route to becoming a fully qualified teacher. This form of teacher training is recommended for anyone with an undergraduate degree who is looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

You need QTS to teach in a state-maintained or special school in England and Wales. While other routes to gain QTS exist, they do not all come with the postgraduate qualification of a PGCE. A PGCE from The University of Manchester is a valued qualification regionally, nationally and internationally. 

When you study a PGCE with us, we help you prepare for a successful career in education. You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high. 

In addition to this, a PGCE qualification can count as 60 of the 180 credits required for a master's degree, and The University of Manchester offers a range of postgraduate Education courses should you wish to continue your professional development by completing a master's as you progress further in your career. 

View careers and employability  for more information.  

Careers support  

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. 

At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability