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The award

How long you will study
40 weeks

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 12500

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About PGCE Secondary Modern Languages at Bath Spa University

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and Early Years settings, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring language teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you'll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

What you'll learn


The programme starts by boosting your subject knowledge, enabling you to refresh your first Modern Language and boost your second Modern Language. This is an intensive course, which requires a high level of participation and provides you with an early taste of what teaching secondary Modern Languages is all about. This is an excellent way to begin the PGCE programme and to develop a positive group ethos that is so important for the year ahead.

Through carefully structured University based teaching and two school based phases, you'll enhance your subject knowledge and develop ideas for the classroom. You'll develop skills and management strategies for challenging and motivating pupils across the secondary age range.

University training

During the University based sessions, you'll gain a sound knowledge of the National Curriculum requirements in Modern Languages, the Framework for teaching Modern Languages in the Key Stage 3 Strategy, and the structure and content of national and public examinations in Modern Languages.

School training

The school-based phases are in the form of two main blocks where you're placed in schools under the guidance of a trained subject mentor. You'll also spend some time in Modern Languages Departments in specific schools developing your professional values and practice and the general roles and duties, which are required for all teachers within the secondary sector.

How will I be assessed?

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings. The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments;
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
  • School phase reports and observations;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

Five Progress Review Points are held each year. These assessment points review your attainment, professional learning and SMART target setting.

How will I be taught?

There is a strong emphasis throughout the programme on subject application and interactive workshops where teaching strategies and techniques are modelled. These will enable you to develop and use creatively a range of teaching styles and resources in the teaching of Modern Languages.

One major component of the programme is the role of ICT in teaching and learning in Modern Languages.

PGCE programmes are taught by highly qualified and experienced staff both in University and in partner schools or other settings.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources. Open access computer facilities are available. The University's Virtual Learning Environment provides remote access to a wide range of resources.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources.


You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University's Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.



All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You'll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You'll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge. 

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You're required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above with at least 50% in French, German, Spanish or Italian. A native speaker of one of the above languages would need to be a fluent and clear speaker of English and have a degree, which may be in another subject other than the first language they wish to teach.

Expertise in a second Modern Language (previously listed) is useful, but not essential. Other desirable second languages are Russian, Mandarin, Japanese or a community language such as Urdu or Bengali.

Successful completion of a Modern Languages Enhancement Course is also acceptable in addition to a degree. A language A-level is also required.

Non-academic requirements

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

How do I apply?

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Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

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