King’s College London (University of London) Modern Languages (French with German) (RX11)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance 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
http://www.kcl.ac.uk

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Course summary

Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated as the leading education institution for research in London (REF, 2021). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely.

85% graduates of 2022 who sought teaching posts were employed within 3 months of qualifying.

In our 2022 student survey, 93% of Modern Foreign Language trainees rated the quality of their training as excellent, very good or good.

This is a high-quality course that focuses on developing the subject knowledge that will enable all trainees to teach two Modern Foreign Languages with confidence in secondary schools and to contribute fully to the life of the school.

The course is skills-based, research-focused and developmental, aimed at promoting teaching skills based on a soundly reasoned pedagogy that integrates formative assessment practices, class management issues, technology awareness and research findings.

There is a varied programme of tutor inputs, seminars, workshops and student presentations with an emphasis on collaborative learning. Students undertake research and other independent learning tasks including data-collection from the classroom.

Students sometimes work with native speaker linguists from the Modern Languages Centre on the Strand campus to develop linguistic competence and pedagogical awareness in a unique programme. Hispanists, Germanists and those with main French work with each other, sometimes working in language specific groups.

Where feasible we offer some trainees the unique opportunity to do a two-month placement in a partner school in another European country to enrich their linguistic and cultural competence of their second foreign language.

School placements

You will have two different school placements during the course. We work with a large number of schools around London and Greater London and we select school placements carefully, taking into account the teachers who act as mentors and the subjects they offer.

We try to ensure that all trainees have a reasonable journey to school and to ensure that you have a balanced teaching experience including for secondary ages (11-16) and ability range. There may be an opportunity for post 16 experience but this is dependent on the placement school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in Modern Languages (French with German) 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

  • conceptual understanding of secondary school-based MFL teaching and learning
  • competence and certification in two foreign languages (French, German, Spanish), the main language at degree level and the second language to at least B2 level. Oral and written competence will be tested at interview. Applicants whose mother tongue is French, German, or Spanish will need to have an excellent command of spoken and written English (also tested).
  • ability to think and reason clearly
  • successful experience with children or clear potential for this
  • ability to interact with pupils and colleagues
  • strong motivation to teach

Other requirements

The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Candidates offered a place on a PGCE course will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. This must be completed before you register on the programme.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,260

About the training provider

Experience: King’s has been training teachers for over 120 years and has developed a reputation for excellence in its training methods. The PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and are highly experienced in teacher training.

Reputation: King’s has developed a reputation for excellence in both training methods and the standards of new teachers we train. At the most recent Ofsted inspection King’s was graded ‘Outstanding’.

Location: Based in the heart of London, King’s is surrounded by landmarks and cultural institutions that we incorporate into our training. Transport links are extensive as the campus is only minutes from Waterloo station.

Student satisfaction: In our 2021 student survey, Over 90% of PGCE trainees rated the quality of their training as excellent, very good or good.

Employment prospects: 74% graduates of 2021 who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. Many schools actively contact us to try and recruit our trainees during the academic year.

Interview process

At interview, applicants will be asked to discuss their knowledge about teaching, learning and assessment in Secondary School MFL classrooms as well as share their vision of learning a language. Applicants will be asked to ‘teach’ a grammatical structure or a lexical item selected previously prepared for the interview, in a micro-teaching format, lasting 5 minutes.

Oral and written competence will be tested. Applicants whose mother tongue is French, German, or Spanish will need to have an excellent command of spoken and written English. This will also be tested. We will be looking for:

  • effective age-appropriate use of the target language:
  • ability to present concepts at a school level;
  • engagement with the audience;
  • use of simple culturally rich resources;
  • understanding of the subject you wish to teach;
  • an effective lesson shape for your 5-minute micro-teaching slot
  • confidence.

In your writing we will be looking for:

  • ability to express yourself clearly;
  • accurate grammar and spelling.

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

All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.

We always welcome applications from people with disabilities. Candidates offered a place must complete a pre-commencement health declaration form. If this reveals a need, King’s provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for the trainee during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact this training provider

Email
service-response@kcl.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7848 7000
Website
http://www.kcl.ac.uk
Address
King's Admissions Office
James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8WA

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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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