The Languages PGCE explores languages teaching and learning by combining theory and practice in innovative, inspiring and effective ways. This helps student teachers develop a critical awareness and strong classroom skills to enable them to become a competent, principled professional and educational thinker. Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This programme enables student teachers to engage critically with a number of approaches and issues relating to languages education, such as the teaching of grammar, the incorporation of literature into lessons, target language use and the monitoring and assessment of pupils’ learning. It incorporates a range of approaches to effective, inclusive learning, and develops a student’s professionalism and critical awareness to a high level. The programme prepares languages student teachers to teach the 11-16 age range.
The Languages PGCE programme is informed by research and places a strong emphasis on cultural knowledge, use of literature in the languages classroom, pupils’ use of target language and broader aspects of language learning including issues related to SEND, bilingual learners and English as an additional language (EAL). We also promote creative and innovative practice and include sessions that focus on the effective use of information and communications technology and digital, video and multimedia.
This programme consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.
The programme is delivered via a programme of subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, ‘Debates in Education’ and directed study days at UCL and in schools, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
Students will spend most of their time (120 days) in schools, working with subject specialist mentors who support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong Languages departments.