What will I learn?

This PGCE with QTS will support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to teach Modern Foreign Languages in the secondary sector and inspire the next generation of young people. Combining university and school-based experience with expert tuition from our experienced educationalists, this ITT course aims to ensure you can learn what it takes to teach.

Course Details

This master's level Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme offers you a range of experience in secondary schools. You will gain knowledge of diverse socio-economic settings and students with different needs and abilities. Your subject-specialist mentor will support you throughout your training, and University tutors will help you develop research-informed approaches to teaching in secondary schools. Our bespoke Subject Specialist Studies (SSS) programme will focus on building your knowledge of the Modern Foreign Languages national curriculum in your chosen specialist language and support your teaching during your placements. Our highly experienced team will focus on helping you to develop your skills in teaching one main specialist language from Spanish, French and German. You may also have the opportunity to enhance your expertise in Portuguese, Italian or Mandarin (or a combination of these languages), depending on the opportunities available in your placement schools.

There is a national shortage of Modern Foreign Languages teachers. Aligned with the Department for Education Teachers' Standards, our PGCE (Secondary 11 - 16) Modern Foreign Languages with QTS offers you the opportunity to step into a rewarding career as a secondary school teacher. This PGCE ensures you will gain a minimum of 120 days of school-based experience that will build your practical expertise. When you successfully complete your PGCE and school-based training, you can be recommended for the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Career opportunities

If you have a degree and wish to pursue a career in teaching Modern Foreign Languages (such as French, German or Spanish) in secondary schools, then this course is for you. It offers a strong grounding in teaching Modern Foreign Languages and examines how this can support a career as a secondary school teacher. Some of the key transferable skills you could gain include planning, time management, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, analytical and modelling skills, research and self-discipline.

Which department am I in?

Education and Teacher Training

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£12,450.00 (US$ 17,130) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Bolton

Deane Road,


BL3 5AB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have at least a lower second class (2:2) honours degree (or equivalent). If this is not in a subject aligned to Modern Foreign Languages then you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme (SKE) to ensure you meet the minimum subject expertise to begin your Initial Teacher Training. A further skills audit will identify subject specialist skills and will inform your action plan for your training programme. You must also have GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics. If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). TOEFL with an overall score of 79 for Postgraduate including 17 in Listening, 20 in Writing, 18 in Reading and 18 in Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.