The PGCE (QTS) Modern Languages programme is designed to provide a route into one of the most rewarding and dynamic careers in teaching that there is, providing you with the tools to make the study of language stimulating for the full range of learners.
The PGCE(QTS) programme at Goldsmiths comes with the choice of taking a French, German, Spanish, Arabic or Mandarin pathway. You will expected to specialise in two languages.*
- See the Requirements Section below for further details.
We seek to encourage an interactive teaching approach that builds confidence, develops understanding of how the language system works and leads to purposeful language use. You will be working with young people from a wide range of backgrounds, aptitudes and needs. This is challenging as well as exciting, so we offer a gradual and supportive introduction to the classroom.
The Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE) module asks you to reflect upon areas that most impact upon the young person’s experience of education in the 21st Century. In this module you will be asked to: consider a range of issues relating to diversity and inclusion; engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in school which will be divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. In this time you will be expected to teach your two focus languages.
Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which prepares you for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This will be enhanced by on-going training during school experience and will include aspects such as: behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs. Assessment of this module is through a portfolio of evidence and will require you to demonstrate your engagement across all eight of the Teachers’ Standards.
The programme is taught and assessed at masters level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements, you will also leave with 60 masters level credits, equivalent to one third of a masters degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
Further details can be found here