Quantock Teaching Alliance
Modern Languages (German) (3B9M)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Exeter
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://quantockta.co.uk

Contents

About the course

Our Secondary MFL PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is the best way to develop outstanding teachers. Staff have extensive school and university teaching experience, and we are working with schools to push forward the frontiers of language teaching. We support you in becoming critical and creative, and to become educational leaders in your own right!

The PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) offers a course in German to graduates who are keen and eager both to bring to life the German language and the cultures of the German-speaking countries which they themselves love, and to nurture a life-long interest in language learning in their pupils. The course enables you to explore the exciting challenges that face both teachers and learners of the German language in Britain today, the strategies for language acquisition in all its practical skills and the need for cultural awareness within the European dimension.

The University-based term offers a solid grounding in the communicative approach to language teaching, which also puts emphasis on language as structure, as recommended in the National Curriculum. This part of the course includes interactive, practical workshops and seminars, peer teaching and assessment, subject-specific lectures,small group work and discussions. The school-based terms are spent in MFL departments in a wide range of schools across the South West.

The 2010 Ofsted inspection acknowledged the quality of the training provision by experienced practitioners and has been impressed by the coherent link established between the professional studies element and the MFL module as well as the high quality support given to students.

Provision is made for students to develop competence in French or Spanish as a second teaching MFL and prospective trainees are expected to have some grounding in one of these two languages prior to the start of the PGCE course. The use of Information and Communications Technology is developed to enhance the future teacher’s own skills as well as to contribute to the preparation for effective MFL teaching in the 21st century.

Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/mfl/german/#xorkPFxYzAOatvVQ.99

Interview process

Interviews take place at our lead school, Haygrove School, in Bridgwater, Somerset. Interview procedures have been amended to fit with covid 19 requirements.

As part of your interview you will be asked to

  1. Observe a recorded lesson episode and show the ability to reflect on those observations during a Teaching and Learning task.
  2. Undergo a formal interview with a section to deliver a pre-prepared presentation.
  3. Participate in a Teaching and Learning task with reflection on the observation clip as well as sharing a Teaching and Learning artefact.
  4. Completion of a Literacy task using google forms.

How school placements work

We work with a variety of local secondary schools and an outstanding local college to provide placements that will give students a rounded, engaging and fulfilling experience. All of our schools are within Somerset, including Bridgwater, Taunton and West Somerset.

Fees

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,500

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £10,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.

For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants are normally expected to have a good Honours degree in German (minimum 2:2) or equivalent e.g. Final Diploma of Institute of Linguists. German native speakers should hold a qualification equivalent to a UK degree (minimum 2:2) in any subject, usually with a minimum of 3 years of study at a Higher Education. An OU degree or other degree in a subject other than a foreign language may be acceptable if you can show at interview that residence abroad/other relevant experience has developed appropriate competence in the language.

Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.

Personal qualities

Applicants should have a second language (even if only at beginners’ level) as this will help with the provision of placements, as well as finding a teaching post. However, applicants offering only one language are encouraged to still apply for a place on the course. If successful, and as a condition of their offer, applicants without a second modern language will be directed to apply for Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) funding from the DfE to complete an SKE course in a second language course prior to the PGCE course starting.

Other requirements

In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.

Although 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.

The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.

About the training provider

We are delighted to be working with the University of Exeter to offer School Direct training from our lead school, Haygrove School, in Bridgwater (https://www.haygroveschool.co.uk/)

Set in the heart of Somerset on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our training route provides a fantastic opportunity for students to study their taught PGCE programme as part of the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ provision at St Luke’s Campus at the University of Exeter. The rest of the training takes place in the classroom, learning from teachers and working directly with pupils from the outset.

We work with a range of primary and secondary schools and a local ‘Outstanding’ college to ensure students have as diverse experience. Our schools range from urban (town) to rural (small church schools) as well contacts with special schools and a 6th form colleges.

Although our offer and our partnership with Exeter will remain the same, we may be proceeding in the 2021-2021 year under the name of Quantock Education Trust.

About the accredited body

The university of Exeter are leaders in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. They recruit excellent trainees who relish the opportunity to gain a strong grounding in the field of education to complement their knowledge of the subject/s they teach, whilst gaining substantial experience in the classroom via the Exeter Model of ITE

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessaAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help. Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

Contact details

Email
Mjfrost@educ.somerset.gov.uk
Telephone
01278455531
Website
http://quantockta.co.uk
Address
Quantock Teaching Alliance
Haygrove School
Durleigh Road
Bridgwater
TA6 7HW

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