The University of Warwick Modern Languages (2WS9)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023
Website
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/thinking-about-being-a-teacher/

Contents

Course summary

This course prepares you to teach Modern Foreign Languages to pupils aged 11 to 18. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people’s development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in Modern Foreign Languages as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching.

Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful Modern Foreign Languages teachers.

You will be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

Further Information: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/start-teaching/secondary

School placements

In partnership with our schools, we ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to observe the best classroom practice and your individual needs will be met through mentoring on each of your placements.

Further Information: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/start-teaching/secondary#inspiring

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in modern languages 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.

We can accept 3rd party tests from the following approved companies:

Equivalency Testing - Offer a discounted rate of £160 (normal price £175)

A Star Equivalency - Have a special offer for University of Warwick applicants for equivalency exams (all subjects) to be booked for £139 (normal price £165) Please contact cte.admissions@warwick.ac.uk for the discount code.

Personal qualities

Through your motivation, enthusiasm and passion for a subject, you can make a difference to students. Teaching is full of challenges and extraordinary rewards and the best teachers nurture creativity, discovery and character development in students.

Further Information: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/start-teaching

Other requirements

Fitness to Teach

In order to comply with the Department for Education, all applicants must satisfy to the University their physical and mental suitability to undertake teacher training.

School Experience

Although it is not a requirement, we recommend that you have had experience in schools focusing on mainstream Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, so that you are familiar with the atmosphere and demands across Secondary. (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/start-teaching/school-experience)

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 £24,630

Additional costs incurred during your PGCE training year

Trainees are required to pay for their travel to and from their placement schools either using private and public transport. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of extra travelling time to and from your schools – possibly over an hour by car or significantly longer by public transport, although we make every reasonable effort to minimise your journey times.

Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Warwick library.

You will need writing materials. Ideally, you will need a laptop or tablet: you will certainly need access to some type of PC.

If you are a nationality other than ‘British’ selected on your application you may be classed as having overseas fees status unless proven otherwise. Please contact our International Office for advice on your fees status before you apply (https://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/finance/policies/homefees/).

About the training provider

WARWICK. HELPING YOU FIND YOUR OWN PATH TO TEACHING SUCCESS.

We understand that teaching is more than just a job. We also know that you are more than just another applicant. That’s why our approach is tailored around your needs. We’re focused on getting you prepared to enter the classroom and ready for all the challenges that teaching throws at you. We won’t drop you in at the deep end, but we will help you become accustomed to different school environments.

We have a long history of providing students with the best access to the contacts, resources and facilities needed to fulfil teaching promise. You’ll also benefit from our research-informed teaching, delivered at an acclaimed university with a reputation for excellence. That teaching will come from people who truly understand about the journey that you’re taking. We have been training teachers for over 50 years and are part of the Russell Group, whose members represent outstanding teaching and learning experience. We are rated an “Outstanding” provider of teacher training by Ofsted

We work in partnership with over 500 schools to deliver the highest quality training. You will be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school mentors who have national reputations for the quality of their training. Upon completing a PGCE with Warwick you will gain 90 credits at master’s level.

Interview process

Interviews are offered face to face by the University of Warwick (with an online option in exceptional circumstances)

If you are invited for an interview, you will be required to engage in a number of tasks including:

  • Presentation by a PGCE Secondary tutor
  • An individual presentation
  • A Pre-prepared mini lesson
  • An individual interview

(more information about the structure of your interview will be shared at point of invitation)

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 trainees are provided with a named personal tutor and a subject specific mentor in placement. Warwick provide a range of support for students with disabilities and other needs through the Student Disabilities Team.

warwick.ac.uk/services/disability

Contact this training provider

Email
cte.admissions@warwick.ac.uk
Telephone
024 761 50269
Website
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/thinking-about-being-a-teacher/
Address
Westwood Campus
University of Warwick
Kirby Corner Road
Coventry
CV4 8EE

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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