University of Bolton Modern Languages (L709)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as 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.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.bolton.ac.uk/subject-areas/education-and-teacher-training/

Contents

Course summary

This Secondary (11-16) PGCE with QTS will support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to teach modern foreign languages in the secondary sector and inspire the next generation of young people. Combining university and school-based experience with expert tuition from our experienced educationalists, this ITT course aims to ensure you can learn what it takes to teach.

This master’s level Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme offers you a range of experience in secondary schools. You will gain knowledge of diverse socio-economic settings and students with different needs and abilities. Your subject-specialist mentor will support you throughout your training, and university tutors will help you develop research-informed approaches to teaching in secondary schools. Our bespoke Subject Specialist Studies (SSS) programme will focus on building your knowledge of the MFL national curriculum and support your teaching during your placements.

Course Highlights: This programme offers you the opportunity to gain a PGCE (Secondary 11-16) MFL and Qualified Teacher Status. School-based-experience is a core component of this course and you will undertake at least two teaching placements, totalling a minimum of 120 days’ experience in local secondary schools. Our highly qualified and dedicated Education team offer a wealth of experience of teaching in the secondary sector. Our Subject Specialist Studies (SSS) enhanced learning programme offers you the chance to explore and develop your skills in teaching MFL and is aligned to the national curriculum.

Key Features: This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Training course – you do not need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education. The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK, sitting at the heart of an extensive network of educational partners. During the course, you will have the opportunity to gain diverse placement experiences in other institutions to enhance your professional development.

School placements

You will have 2 main school placements: School Experience A and School Experience B. There will also be the opportunity for you to complete a spring-term Diverse Placement in a local school in a different sector, for example a SEN/D placement, 6th form, or primary setting, to enable you to experience a diverse range of sector experience to enhance your professional development.

Placement schools will predominantly be in the Bolton area, and will be selected for you with input from both your personal preference and local school requirements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

If this is not in a subject aligned to the course then you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme (SKE) to ensure you meet the minimum subject expertise to begin your Initial Teacher Training. A further skills audit will identify subject specialist skills and will inform your action plan for your training programme.

Your degree subject should be in modern languages or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated candidates that have a passion for teaching, and a passion for their specialist subject.

Whilst there is no requirement for you to have any experience of teaching, you are expected to have some knowledge of the secondary sector and be able to express why you wish to train to teach.

Other requirements

This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

With a student body of around 11,000 you will get the best of all worlds at Bolton. You will be based on a modern, compact campus where no-one feels anonymous and, with small teaching groups on many courses, you can be sure you are a name, not just a number. Our number one mission is to be a distinctive “Teaching Intensive and Research Informed” university that puts student experience and education first, supported by the quality of our staff, our facilities and our links to employment sectors. A Silver TEF Rated University: The University of Bolton is a Teaching Intensive, Research Informed Higher Education Institution whose distinctive high quality, student-focused, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes attract applications from all over the world. It will offer an exciting and challenging student experience with high levels of proactive student support and with excellent facilities which match the quality of its academic provision.

Interview process

After you have applied you will be invited in to a Fundamental English and Maths Initial Assessment. Once you have successfully passed the initial assessments, you will be invited to a Selection day interview which will take place at a Teach Lead Bolton Consortium school. The Selection day will consist of a formal interview, a group collaboration task, and you will be required to prepare a 5 minute presentation to share with the panel. The Selection Day panel will consist of 2 or 3 colleagues from the University of Bolton and Teach Lead Bolton Consortium schools.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are proud that all elements of society are fully represented and that we are a culturally diverse, inclusive learning community in which staff and students continue to learn from, and celebrate, individual differences. We strive to nurture the qualities that students bring with them, putting heavy emphasis on developing the skills and the interests that students bring with them, as well as stimulating new knowledge and skills. We use assessment data to improve the teaching/ learning system, curriculum, instruction, learning resources, counselling and student services and show adaptability, rigour and flexibility in identifying and meeting the needs of individuals.

Contact this training provider

Email
J.Hornby2@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone
01204903342
Website
https://www.bolton.ac.uk/subject-areas/education-and-teacher-training/
Address
Senate House, Deane Road
Bolton
Lancashire
BL3 5AB

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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