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What will I learn?

Trainees following the Primary Modern Languages pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary modern languages.

Overview

The aim of this pathway is to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to teach a modern foreign language effectively and creatively within the primary curriculum. In particular, the programme focuses on the role that languages play in relation to their inclusion as a statutory element of the National Curriculum, focusing on good practice as outlined in the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages. You will be encouraged to develop your reflective and analytical skills both as a professional practitioner and as a languages specialist. The programme is taught mainly through seminars, workshops and school placements that enable you to develop your specialism.

School placements will be based in Key Stage 2, reflecting the statutory nature of the subject in this Key Stage. However, the programme covers teaching and learning from 5-11 and, once qualified, you will be eligible to teach across the primary age range.

Learning

The course consists of approximately 30 hours of seminars and workshops with a primary languages focus, including:

  • the history of primary languages and how this relates to current practice
  • an examination of the KS2 Framework for Languages
  • how children learn a foreign language
  • knowledge about language
  • primary languages pedagogy
  • the role of the Subject Co-ordinator
  • raising the profile of languages in schools
  • practical ideas for language activities in the classroom
  • peer teaching
  • links with other areas of the primary curriculum
  • the contribution languages can make to the primary curriculum
  • teaching languages to children with special educational needs and for whom English is an additional language

By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements. The taught element is made up of timetabled seminars, lectures and self-directed study. You will be asked to work individually and as part of small and larger groups.

Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.

During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Principle Tutor who works as an expert partner, and a Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.

You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

The PGCE is a Masters level programme and once you have achieved QTS, you can continue your studies during your first year of teaching and work towards achieving a Masters in Education.

Which department am I in?

Education

Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
£19,500.00 (US$ 26,839) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

St Luke's Campus

Heavitree Road,

Exeter,

Devon,

EX1 2LU, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to hold a relevant Bachelors degree with a grade equivalent to a UK Upper Second-class honours (2:1). We consider applications on a case-by-case basis, but typically we equate a GPA of 3.2 or above in a US first degree as comparable to a UK Upper Second-class.

For international students

We are looking for applicants with a 2:1 or above in their first degree. We expect applicants to have at least good A level French, Spanish or German, preferably to degree level, or to have spent time living in a French, Spanish or German-speaking country. Some experience of a second language would be an advantage, but is not essential. While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information. We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview. Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C. Please note that although the DfE requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C in Science.

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

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