Spanish and French
The programme is designed to support trainees in developing a range of skills that are required to become a successful secondary school teacher.
-Become effective classroom practitioners; planning and delivering engaging and stimulating lessons
-Learn to recognise the similarities and differences in pupils, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour and attainment and how to plan for this in lessons
-Develop a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy
-Begin to understand the complex range of whole school issues, the values and assumptions which underpin them and their application to school and classroom practice.
Successfully completing all aspects of the course, both in school and university based learning, will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which also carries 60 Masters level credits that may be used towards a subsequent Masters degree. The PGCE (M) component is an academic qualification awarded by the university. It is recognised abroad.
The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). QTS is a professional qualification awarded by the Department for Education.
The key aim of this programme is to enable trainees to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. The programme provides opportunities for trainees to explore the theory and practice of teaching the subject through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two contrasting school placements.
The programme is designed for those intending to teach French or Spanish as their subject specialism; all trainees must also be able to offer French or Spanish as their second language. The aim is to give trainees an understanding of the way modern foreign languages are taught in schools, using the target language as the principal means of classroom communication.
Trainees are encouraged to try out a wide range of approaches to teaching, as well as strategies for organising the classroom for effective learning. University sessions include a large amount of practically based activities to help develop skills. The work in schools is closely linked with the university-based sessions so that trainees have the opportunity to use a range of up-to-date language resources, including ICT, to set up active and engaging learning activities.
There are three written assignments set and assessed by the university towards the Masters level PGCE element of the qualification.