PGCE Information Sessions

Join our free, virtual PGCE Information Sessions on 15 and 16 December for an introduction to teacher training for Primary and Secondary level, followed by a Q&A with admissions and academic colleagues.

Register for a PGCE Information Session

PGCE Secondary French / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

We understand that prospective students and offer-holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The University is following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Read our latest coronavirus information

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