he Modern Languages teacher training course is held in very high esteem by all those who work with us: partnership schools, languages teachers, and our students who year after year say that they find the challenge exciting and our support outstanding. We aim to help student teachers develop into well informed, critical and adaptable teachers so that their own teaching personality can blossom. This course also attracts a training bursary of up to £25,000.
Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) however it has the advantage of offering the equivalent of 120 credits which may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Recently rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, the PGDipEd this is a unique course which offers high quality training and support as well as excellent employment prospects. The report states that “such is the confidence of schools that trainees from the University of Birmingham are of high quality, employment rates for both primary and secondary phases exceed national averages by some margin. Trainees display excellent professional qualities: they are clear that good teaching leads to pupils who are interested in their work, enjoy learning and behave well.”
We welcome applications from excellent and committed linguists who wish to train to teach French, German or Spanish (with French). If you are serious about a career in Modern Languages teaching then the University of Birmingham is the place to train.
Ideally we expect candidates to:
hold a degree (preferably 2:2 or above) in the language they wish to teach (French/German/Spanish). We prefer at least half of the candidate’s degree to be in that language, unless they are a native speaker in which case we accept alternative degree subjects.
be able to offer a second foreign language (at a lower level than their main language is acceptable) as being able to offer two mainstream languages greatly increases employability.
have spent a substantial period of time in a country where their main foreign language (French/German/ Spanish) is spoken and be familiar with the English educational system.
All candidates also have to:
have a GCSE in Maths and English (grade C or above) or an equivalent qualification; alternatively you might be advised to take an Equivalency Test. The DfE require us to check the original certificates; you therefore cannot start a PGDipEd(QTS) course unless you already hold these qualifications.
pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers.
provide a satisfactory medical form
complete an enhanced DBS/police check
complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach
adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise
The PGDipEd course lasts 36 weeks, of which 24 are spent on placement in partnership schools. There are five phases:
1. Preparation (university, some school-based activities including some primary teaching)
2. School Placement 1 (seven week placement in school with tutor visit and one day at the university)
3. Development (university, some school-based activities such as teaching on an intensive post-16 day, one week in your second school)
4. School Placement 2 (twelve week block placement with tutor visits and some university days);
5. Completion (two further weeks in your second school and two weeks at the university).
Teaching practice will take several forms: school placements and also team teaching while at the university. You will also get involved in small scale research projects for your assignments so that you can evaluate the theory in practice and integrate this learning into your own practice.
The course is assessed through 6 modules in total.
Our PGDipEd in Modern Languages is highly regarded locally and nationally. We have an excellent record of student teachers gaining jobs at the end of the course and many of them chose to stay in the region.
Our employment rate is very high, and a number of our student teachers go on to become heads of department, lead practitioners or mentors working in partnership with us.
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