UCL, University College London MFL (Spanish with additional language) (2P3N)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and 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 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training

Contents

About the course

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 11-19 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 the IOE 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.

School placements

The IOE works with over 300 placement schools, chosen for their quality, excellence in supporting teacher education and to provide comprehensive geographical coverage across a wide range of phases, subjects and specialisms. You will undertake two placements of approximately equal length (circa 60 days) in different schools, each with a dedicated subject mentor to support your development, with both schools carefully matched to your needs in terms of location, stage and subject, taking any mobility needs into account. London has more ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools than any other region in England and is a world leader in narrowing the gap between the performance of children from a range of different backgrounds. Training in London will provide you with an ideal platform to launch your career in teaching.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree must contain at least 50% of the language if it is a combined degree.

Grade 5 (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.

Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English Language or Mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via Equivalency Testing or A Star Equivalency and achieving at least a grade 5. For Mathematics, equivalency tests in Mathematics Foundation or Mathematics Higher with grade 5 are accepted. We do not accept “applied” or “additional” GCSE subjects. We do not accept BTEC, functional skills or Access qualifications in place of GCSES.

Personal qualities

Great teachers are as diverse as the communities they serve. We look for candidates who have a real enthusiasm for engaging with young people, who are as excited about the process of learning as they are about teaching, and who understand that they will learn as much from their students as their students will from them. Sound subject knowledge is important, as well as students’ ability to break down their knowledge and see it through the eyes of someone for whom it is new. We particularly welcome a commitment to improving the lives of individuals and communities through education.

Other requirements

For information about all of UCL’s statutory requirements linked to Teacher Training programmes please visit our website.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,200

About the training provider

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Our programmes are recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in every criterion across Primary, Secondary and Further Education (FE).

  • We’ll support you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need from the moment you step into a classroom, but we know that learning to teach is much more than that we’ll prepare you to build a rewarding and fulfilling long-term career in education.

  • Our focus on quality means that whatever route you select, you will be taught by experts in your subject and education phase, many of whom are world leaders in their field.

  • We are committed to supporting education in London, where schools lead the country in performance and pupil progress. We work with around 500 London schools, including long-term partners who work with us to harness our wider research and expertise.

  • When you walk into the UCL Institute of Education, you’ll join a lively, friendly and diverse community of 8,000 students and more than 600 distinguished academics, committed to improving lives through education and promoting social participation to address local and global challenges.

Interview process

Candidates whose applications meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview either online or at our central London location, depending on the subject applied to. At your interview day, you will take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and may also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject or phase. You will have the opportunity to ask any pertinent questions.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Please visit our Student Support and Wellbeing website for information about the services they offer to incoming students.

Contact this training provider

Email
teaching-admissions@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone
0208 059 0939
Website
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training
Address
University College London
Gower Street
London
Greater London
WC1E 6BT

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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