The PGCE Secondary course at Durham University is an exciting and innovative programme in Initial Teacher Training. This programme is accredited by the Department for Education and will equip you to teach in your specialist subject in Key Stages Three and Four (ages 11-16).
Successful completion of the course will provide you with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), awarded by the Department for Education and a PGCE, awarded by Durham University.
The Modern Foreign Languages course will introduce you to the teaching of languages in secondary schools for young people aged 11-16. The course lays emphasis on language as a form of communication and on the value of language learning as a way of understanding other cultures and backgrounds, as well as developing cognitive and literacy skills. We address the challenges of teaching languages and how to promote their value in a predominantly monolingual part of the world.
Our popular Modern Foreign Languages programme aims to:
- Empower you with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become an effective and innovative teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
- Extend your awareness of the range and scope of Modern Foreign Languages as a subject in schools today
- Provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches for teaching.
- Develop a specialist language
Subject pedagogy (how to teach the subject for understanding) is explored in an innovative university / partnership model known as the POD (Professional Opportunities and Development). The POD involves a ‘hybrid space’ where university tutors and classroom practitioners work together. This model provides trainees with the ‘best of both worlds’, opportunities to work with research relevant university professionals with an abundance of experience in teacher training and school practitioners with experience of delivering the National Curriculum and experts in current classroom practice. The ITE course is delivered using a blended approach and follows a ‘knowledge rich’ curriculum that is current and evidence based.
The university-based sessions focus on a weekly specific pedagogical theme, which is integrated with sessions devoted to your subject specialism, delivered by subject specialists in the University and the POD school. Wellbeing is at the heart of the PGCE course, and you will receive personal, constructive, and friendly support from your University and School-Based Tutors and our Wellbeing Team.
Applicants should note that this programme starts earlier than the standard university term.