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What makes PGCE Secondary Modern Languages at Worcester so special?

Experience unique opportunities to think outside the box and to capture pupils’ interest: learn to use film, literature, mathematics, PSHE and technology in your lessons.

Take part in exciting projects and enhance pupils’ language learning experiences:

  • contribute to the European day of languages at a local school
  • take part in a cross-curricular afternoon at a primary school
  • contribute to an English and Modern Language poetry workshop

Develop your own teaching style by making the most of university sessions and school placements.

Benefit from the high quality support from experienced university tutors and school mentors throughout the course, including with job applications and interviews.

Use our support systems to help you write assignments at Master’s Level and our additional targeted support for international trainee teachers.

Take the opportunity to discuss your experiences of learning and teaching languages in England and abroad.

Key features

  • Explore how to help pupils learn modern languages
  • Continue working on your subject knowledge
  • Use current research to inform and reflect on your practice
  • Learn to teach modern languages in high quality placement schools
  • Work with experienced subject mentors

NB: Modern Languages is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career.

Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages graduate, now a published author on Special Educational Needs (SEN) teaching and teacher.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent, or higher, with at least half in a language or a native speaker
  • Grade C/4 at GCSE in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry
  • 5-10 days experience in a school is desirable and essential if you are not familiar with the English Education system          

For further information contact

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email:

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Professional skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge.

Support we offer

We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on the course. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we will also provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy.

Find out more about our skills tests workshops and support.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.           

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Carry on working on your subject knowledge throughout the course.
  • Plan activities for the European Day of Languages for Year 9 pupils at a local school.
  • Work with primary undergraduate trainees and teach a KS2 Modern Languages lessons.
  • Spend a day at an outstanding local school and learn about the latest exam developments.
  • Learn how to link the teaching of languages to other curriculum subjects.


  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies. 
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship – Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects (100% in 2015)
  • Receive ongoing professional support from trainee, to NQT, to RQT and beyond
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

The sessions are relevant, interesting, useful, insightful, reassuring. Best part of the course.


Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services


  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Meet the team

Get to know the academics who will teach you on this course:

  • Isabelle Schafer

    Before working in Higher Education, Isabelle Schäfer taught in Secondary schools in England and took part in the development of a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) programme in the last school she taught at. She taught the PSHE and Geography Year 7 programmes entirely in French. She was Assistant Curriculum Leader for Modern languages, including Spanish.

  • Case study

    What positive impact have you had in your department and whole school this year, as an NQT?

    “I have shared resources within my department which has been well appreciated, especially by the head of department who is aware that the department needs to modernise and find new ways of teaching in time for the changes to the GCSEs.”

    “Developed a new KS3 + KS4 Spanish scheme of work.  Created assessments in line with the new GCSE.  Got more pupils interested in A-level Spanish.”

    “I have helped to revise the KS2 scheme of work, as well as the ones for Y10 and Y11.  I have suggested strategies for developing the listening skills which are now adopted by the whole department.  I have launched two new school activities - yoga and running club.”

  • Case study

    As an NQT, what are the most enjoyable experiences in your career so far?

    “I have enjoyed having my own room and being able to set up my own reward systems and classroom routines that seem to have been well received by pupils. I have enjoyed being a form tutor to a year 7 class as I have been able to develop relationships with those pupils from the outset and set routines to make them aware of expectations.”

    “Building a relationship with my pupils. Being so looked after by my senior colleagues.”

    “Being considered as a real teacher, both by students and other members of staff.”


Where could it take you?

  • Great employment prospects
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching

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How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in the academic year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in the academic year 2018/19 is £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled. Most course are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Financial incentives for those who train in 2017/18: A bursary of £26 000 may be available.

You may also be eligible to apply for a £28 000 British Council languages teacher training scholarship.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources. 


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply via UCAS


Part-time route

You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.

The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.

The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.

For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.


Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Not sure about your subject knowledge?


Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.


Subjects offered:
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology (food & textiles), French, geography


Find out about the bursary.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Secondary PGCE Office

Personal Academic Tutor

Isabelle Schafer
01905 542152