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Overview

This PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach Modern Foreign Languages in secondary schools. Leeds Trinity University offers Initial Teacher Training courses in a number of subject areas. Students are registered for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7), and are recommended for the award of QTS to the DfE/NCTL.
  • If you wish to study with French, use the UCAS code R1X1
  • If you wish to study with German, use the UCAS code R2X1
  • If you wish to study with Spanish, use the UCAS code R4X1


Course Benefits

  • Leeds Trinity PGCE courses are well-established, with a longstanding reputation for excellence.
  • Trainees do well on our courses, gain employment and progress in their careers.
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Modern Foreign Languages programme offers well-structured training to teach pupils across the age and ability range in a diversity of schools, denominational and non–denominational.
  • Taught university training is provided by classroom experienced subject experts.
  • University tutors are dedicated to supporting you throughout the course and into your first job as a teacher.
  • The employment rate of our students is extremely high and graduates have readily obtained teaching posts across the UK as well as within our partnership schools.
  • The course qualifies you to teach French, German or Spainish at 11–16 with some post-16 enhancement​, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at Key Stage 3, 4 or at Advanced Level.
  • All PGCE trainees also complete postgraduate modules during the course, so taking the first steps towards gaining a masters' degree. ​

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Course Information

This PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach Modern Foreign Languages in secondary schools. The programme is for graduates of French, German or Spanish who wish to teach in secondary schools. 
Although the course provides a final qualification in one language only, during the course you can have experience in the classroom in a second language. The secondary programme will prepare you to teach within the secondary age phase.


At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum. 

 
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​

 
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Assessment
During Stage 1 your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by focused written assignments.
 
During Stages 2 and 3 your progress against the Teachers’ standards will be assessed by observing your performance as a teacher in schools. Classroom teachers will evaluate your lesson plans, observe your lessons and review your marking. Your self review and attendance at training activities will support your development.

  • A good honours degree (2ii or above) with a significant proportion of MFL study. Native speakers of their specialist language should have a good honours degree with a significant proportion of English study or the study of a related subject.​
  • GCSE Grade C (or accepted equivalent) English and Mathematics. We offer our GCSE equivalency tests to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have these qualifications.
  • Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.
  • Commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to that of a secondary teacher.
  • Ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English, and to have passed the DFE Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. Find out more on the STA Education website​.
  • The capacity to meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All successful candidates will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.
NB. Candidates with third class honours degrees will be considered on an individual basis, and normally only if candidates have additional qualifications and/or significant relevant professional experience.

In addition to the above essential entry requirements, successful applicants also tend to have:
  • Advanced level qualifications (or equivalent) in MFL.
  • Experience of observing the teaching of MFL in a secondary school in this country.
We encourage applications from students who may not match the academic profile outlined above but who can demonstrate that they have developed their subject expertise by working for a substantial period of time supporting the teaching of MFL in a secondary school context.

An offer of a place is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate and a satisfactory medical. If you are offered a place you will be sent the information regarding both of these checks.

 
​Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.​​​

UK & EU Students:

​Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,000 in 2016–17. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. ​

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.   

English and EU students can apply and find out more information at www.gov.uk/studentfinance. This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.
We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Lisa Madden

​​I'm the PGCE lead tutor for Modern Foreign Languages. We pride ourselves on our Provider-led PGCE courses. Not only do you gain your NQT but you can also study 60 credits towards a mas​​ters degree.

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Study Routes

​You can choose to study PGCE Modern Foreign Language via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers. 
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally.

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My favourite memories from my time at Leeds Trinity were the quality teaching and the friends I made. It was, and still is, a really friendly campus with a great community spirit.

Lisa Madden

PGCE French, 1995 - Associate Principal Lecturer, Institute of Childhood and Education

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97% of our PGCE secondary graduates have become teachers within six months of graduation, according to our most recent HESA survey.​
You can choose to study PGCE Modern Foreign Language via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers. 
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally.

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