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Prendergast School Modern Languages (2BY8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
King’s College London (University of London)
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our PGCE MFL course offers two language combinations: Spanish major with French as a minor French major with Spanish as a minor

Our course emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory, practice and research. We encourage ongoing development of subject knowledge through peer support and our e-learning platform designed in conjunction with colleagues from the King’s Modern Language Centre to develop your linguistic competence and pedagogical awareness. Our course is delivered by tutors who have extensive teaching experience and are actively involved in research of international quality.

This is a full-time course that consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience. One will be based at Prendergast school and the other will be based in another secondary schools in Lewisham. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification.

You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, as well as subject pedagogy.Trainees benefit from our central London location and participate in specially organised events such as a workshop at the BFI, visits to the French, German and Spanish Institutes, and other regular conference events.

You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school.

94% of 2018 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying

PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. One reason is the strong research base which informs the course. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014

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School placements

You will complete two blocks of teaching experience. The first is for 4 days a week and lasts for 15 weeks (October - January) and the second is for 5 days a week and lasts for 13 weeks (February - June). One placement will be based at Prendergast School and the other will be based in another secondary school in Lewisham.

In each of your placements you will be supported by an experienced trained mentor and have the opportunity to attend in school professional study sessions.

Prendergast school is an 11-18 school so you will have the opportunity to teach post 16 students during your placement there.

Our partner schools are Prendergast Ladywell School, Prendergast Vale School and Addey and Stanhope School, Your second placement will be selected according to your individual training needs.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Bachelor’s degree with 2:2 honours or above (or overseas equivalent) with knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach.

GCSE grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification, in English Language and mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test set by King’s, before the course starts.

Applicants for Modern Foreign Languages need to offer two languages, French and Spanish , with qualifications equivalent to at least AS-level in the subsidiary language.

Personal qualities

We will be looking for evidence that your English knowledge is both broad and deep as well as being up to date. Some evidence of working with young people, as a Teaching Assistant, Student Ambassador, youth worker, etc will help your application. We are looking for applicants who are able to work closely and effectively with other teachers and who can inspire young people to bring out the best in themselves. As such, good communication skills and a confident and caring personality are an advantage.

Other requirements

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal conviction check) and Occupational Health check are required for the teacher training programmes. There is a fee of £46.55 for the DBS check

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,800

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions

Financial support from the training provider

King’s will automatically assess your eligibility for a bursary when a place on a PGCE course is offered. King’s will apply for the funding on your behalf once the terms of your offer have been met and you have enrolled on the course

About the training provider

Prendergast School and King’s College London are both recognised by OFSTED as outstanding providers. Training within a consortium of other Lewisham and Prendergast Federation schools you will have excellent career opportunities in education. To enhance your school direct experience Prendergast School is the lead, providing in school training to support your learning on Kings PGCE course.

Interview process

Before you can be offered a place on a the School Direct PGCE programme, you will need to attend an in-person interview at King’s College, usually within 40 days of your application submission date. You will also be invited to attend an interview at Prendergast School with the Head of ITT and the Head of Faculty.

Please ensure that you will be able to attend an interview during this time and are able to keep a full day free. Further information on PGCE interviews can be found on the UCAS website.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applicants with disabilities and have a track record of providing strong mentoring to support trainees with disabilities.

Contact this training provider

Prendergast School
Adelaide Avenue

Support and advice

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