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Teacher and students at Kelvin School

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages


About the course

Become a Modern Foreign Languages teacher and provide pupils with valuable, lifelong skills that could shape their future careers.

We welcome trainees from across the world and from the beginning, the course is centred on the practical skills and techniques necessary for successful language teaching. We offer French, German and Spanish as both main and subsidiary languages. Some trainees work with all three languages, some with one language.

Part of this course also extends your studies and experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching. You’ll spend a third of your course studying at the University with dedicated subject tutors, and the remainder is spent on two teaching practices in two different schools. You’ll benefit from both a professional tutor and a subject-specific, personal mentor to guide you through your teaching practice.

Hull benefits from close partnerships with approximately 90 schools. These schools are largely based in the East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire region, but we also work with schools as far apart as North and West Yorkshire, as well as schools deep into the Lincolnshire countryside. There’s an opportunity to gain experience across a variety of school and academy types: urban or rural, large or small, comprehensive or selective.

What you'll study

The programme seeks to identify the process of learning a second language. You’ll study the following areas:

  • Critically review the various approaches, methods, techniques, and materials used in the teaching of foreign languages at secondary level
  • Examples of methodology ranging from lively oral practice supported by interactive whiteboards, the use of new digital technology and games for beginners, to the exploitation of topic-based and literary texts at a sixth-form level
  • Prepare your own teaching materials and to use a variety of teaching aids, including the latest digital technology

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

The Language Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) French Extension course is an opportunity for German or Spanish graduate linguists to undertake an intensive course prior to beginning your PGCE.

We offer two levels of the course:

  • French Extension - for graduate linguists with some knowledge of French (such as GCSE or A Level)
  • French Extension Ab Initio - for graduate linguists with little or no knowledge of French

There are no tuition fees and students may be eligible to receive a bursary of £115 per week for the duration of the course. Please contact us for dates of the next course.

To apply for a SKE course, you should apply for a place on the Secondary PGCE (Modern Foreign Languages) course through UCAS Teacher Training and indicate in your application that you would like to do the SKE course.

Assessment information


Assessment is based on a range of coursework assignments.


Assessment takes place in schools. You’ll also be assessed on your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards.

School experience

A total of 120 days are spent in schools during the programme, supported by school mentors, class teachers and University-based tutors.

Teaching staff

Fees and funding

Home: £9,250

The way your course is funded depends on the route you take. 

You could access a Get Into Teaching bursary or scholarship. Your eligibility, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.

If you’re looking to train on a non-salaried postgraduate teacher training course but are not eligible to receive a bursary or a scholarship, you could be eligible for a tuition fee and maintenance loan.

We offer two ways to complete our PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

International: £15,400



School Direct training

The University works in close partnership with a wide range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances. You complete most of your school experience in one host School Direct establishment with a further 30 days in another school to ensure that you gain experience of different teaching environments. Academic theory will be delivered at the University campus.

School Direct institutions may offer ‘salaried’ places to suit graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You’ll be employed by the school and earn a salary as you train.

Provider-led training

The University selects the two schools in which you complete your school experience. We work in a range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances to ensure you are able to put theory into practice in high-quality, supportive settings.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must possess an appropriate honours degree from a British university at grade 2:2 or above (or an equivalent qualification). We take applicants for the MFL Secondary PGCE course who have studied one or any combination of French, German or Spanish for their first degree or have native or near-native fluency in French, German or Spanish. We usually require the equivalent of at least 50% of a degree in MFL, which can include a year abroad.
  • GCSE at least grade C/4 or equivalent qualifications, in English Language and Mathematics (or an equivalent qualification)
  • Admission is subject to a satisfactory medical report and an Enhanced Clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • If you’re an international student, you’ll also need to provide the equivalent of a Certificate of Good Conduct from your own country.
  • If English isn't your first language, you’ll be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.