Sheffield Hallam University Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish) (R9X1)

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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023
Website
http://www.shu.ac.uk

Contents

Course summary

  • Train and become a qualified, competent teacher of key stage 3 to post-16 French, Spanish or German.
  • Gain hands-on experience of the school environment with 120 days placement work.
  • Attain a masters-level PGCE, or a PCE, along with your Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Work in a supportive, collaborative environment, with wide-ranging teaching methods.

Become a capable, employable German, French and Spanish teacher, languages which may make you eligible for an NCTL-funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. You explore your languages in depth, leaving with advanced qualifications. You undertake 120 days’ placement work, with close academic support and mentoring throughout.

The vocational nature of this course is designed to provide capable, employable German, French and Spanish teachers - having at least two of these languages is a distinct advantage. You’ll explore your languages in further detail, leaving with advanced qualifications, and learn how to enthuse and motivate others in these subjects. You’ll undertake 120 days’ placement work, with close academic support and mentoring throughout, and benefit from wide-ranging teaching methods on-campus.

You learn through

  • 120 days of school-based training
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lectures
  • observation
  • collaborative planning
  • one-to-one sessions
  • group work
  • practical work
  • independent study
  • written assessments

Find out more on our website

School placements

This course ensures that you’ll have the real-life experience you need to enter teaching. You’ll spend 120 days in two separate schools of 11-16 and 11-18 age groups, with school-based mentors and campus-based tutors monitoring your progress and providing support. Upon graduating, many of our students go into full-time employment at their placement school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

An honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent, that includes substantial study in at least one modern foreign language. Or you need to be a native speaker of French, Spanish or German with any degree plus evidence of recent language study.

Your degree subject should be in modern languages (French, German, Spanish) 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.

GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only, we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

Personal qualities

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in subject-related, or other related educational activities.

Other requirements

You will be required to complete health check forms and to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to admission onto your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. For more information, visit the course page under entry requirements

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

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 £16,385

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is still to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2022/23 are £9,250 per year. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £16,385 for the course.

Financial support from the training provider

If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support:

Find out more: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/options/teach/bursaries

About the training provider

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK’s largest universities, based in the heart of Sheffield, one of the UK’s biggest student cities.

Sheffield is the fifth biggest city in the UK with over 60,000 students, it has a mix of culture and green spaces.

We have invested over £80 million in new buildings and facilities over the last five years, providing innovative, flexible and sustainable spaces to enhance student experience, and have a further £120 million of investment planned in the next two years.

Sheffield Hallam University was named University of the Year at the 2022 Educate North Awards, in recognition of the number of graduates going on to gain quality jobs and widening access to higher education.

We’re also in the top ten of all universities in the country for the overall number of graduates in highly skilled employment or further study – and 96% of our students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating.

We offer one of the largest and most diverse range of placements in the region. We’ve built up a network of over 600 partner schools, colleges and other educational establishments.

You will study at Sheffield Institute of Education which is recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Our academics, researchers and partners in schools work together to ensure you become a committed and professional graduate, with the opportunity to return to us throughout your career to further your professional development.

Find out more on our website

Interview process

The selection event is a process which assesses if you’re suitable for a place on the course. It’s a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career. Being invited to a selection event doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.

We aim to make the interview process as rigorous and informative as possible. It’s very much a two-way process, where you can evaluate what we offer while we find out more about you. In order to help us explore your thinking and subject knowledge, and for you to decide if this is the right course for you, we have a number of activities we usually use as part of the interview process.

Find out more on our website

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(D)HD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at Sheffield Hallam.

Students can receive support for a wide variety of conditions. There is extensive support available, including

  • Learning contracts- reasonable adjustments to your course such as extensions or extra time in exams

  • Support workers - like a mentor to help with organisation, or a personal assistant to help with mobility

  • Equipment/Assistive Technology and software - such as digital recorders or text to speech software

We have an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments.

We run daily drop in sessions - come and talk to us, no appointment needed. You can also register for support online.

Contact this training provider

Email
Education-Admissions@shu.ac.uk
Telephone
0114 225 5533
Website
http://www.shu.ac.uk
Address
City Campus
Pond Street
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S1 1WB

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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