PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages with QTS

a boy in a classroom

The PGCE course in Modern Foreign Languages prepares students to teach their main target language to pupils aged 11-18 and, where applicable, their subsidiary language to pupils aged 11-14. The emphasis is on interaction, critical reflection, high linguistic levels, imagination and hard work. 

There has never been a more pressing time to teach languages and we aim to promote and extend pupils' experiences so that they are ready to be citizens of our globalised world. We want to prepare passionate linguists who will encourage more pupils into language learning and who are ready to meet the challenges set out by the Welsh Government's Global Futures strategic document. 

PGCE Information Days

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
One year

Scholarships and Bursaries

SWW Centre of Teacher Education
Contact Email:
Language Choice:

  • I decided to share my experiences from overseas and languages and to encourage more people to learn a language. Things happened in my life because I spoke different languages and it helped my career because I was able to negotiate and build respect, and feel confident, which put me in a stronger position.

    Caroline MortModern Foreign Languages

  • I was a barrister from Barcelona where languages opened a lot of doors. I decided that I wanted to train to teach in Wales to give something back and I enjoy being able to share my knowledge.

    Guillermo Hidalgo

  • I taught TEFL in Spain and Poland and wanted to move back to the UK which made me look into training to teach. I like languages because I’m interested in the culture of different countries. The world is a small place and languages make it all accessible. The course is excellent, thorough, with a brilliant tutor.

    Rob John

  • I’m French and was a French language assistant teaching French to Welsh students in preparation for their A-levels. I wanted to teach French to English students and completed a TEFL which introduced me to teaching. I want to teach pronunciation and be a good model to encourage students to learn a language. It makes you more open minded and more respectful and brings people together. I would recommend the course and have already learned a lot from a great mentor. Great atmosphere here.

    Johanne Defay

  • I gained experience from past voluntary work in colleges and schools and after-school club in primary. I want to teach secondary level French as it is the biggest stepping stone for learning a language and will have the biggest impact. I love the idea of teaching − it’s not just a job, it’s a life-style choice. In everything I do I find a lesson and think ‘I could use that in class’. Languages incorporate everything, it’s not just empty words that you are using - it’s countries, culture, looking at everything from traditions to beliefs. We live in a multicultural world where everyone should make an effort to learn another language.

    Alicia Bodman

  • I’m a first language Welsh teacher who wants to teach modern foreign languages through the medium of Welsh. Lots of children struggle with Welsh in school and additional languages can help with that and build literacy confidence.

    Angharad Thomas

  • I studied French at uni and then lived in Paris as an au pair working with twins and doing childcare through French. I knew I wanted to go into teaching, so living in France enabled me to improve my French and learn about the culture and lifestyle. I then became a language assistant in English for French-speaking children. I love being in a classroom setting and sharing my enthusiasm for languages. Just having another language makes you far more employable and is important in business. I absolutely love the course so far, it’s good fun and a lovely group. It’s been good to learn classmates’ experiences and what brought them into teaching too.

    Sian Phillips

  • Languages take you out of the local and into the global. Studying languages opens up the world around you and teaches you transferable skills, confidence and communication. Brexit means there is even more need to learn other languages; when you are dealing globally you need language skills to seal the deals. I’m very excited about the talented trainee teachers we have and I’m looking forward to seeing them go out into schools to raise aspirations, encourage take-up at GCSE and A-level and share their passion passions. Trainee teachers today have strong technical skills which can be used to develop pupils’ digital competency through the Digital Competence Framework (DCF). Many use gamification that records learning outcomes and produces a strong pedagogy to use data effectively to inform planning and aid teaching.

    Sian Brooksteacher

The course includes interactive seminars, lectures and workshops. These provide students with key principles, practical ideas and resources that equip them to teach modern foreign languages. 12 weeks of the course are spent in university and 24 in schools. There is an emphasis on developing subject knowledge using ICT, as well as opportunities for group work with native speakers.

During the year the students submit coursework assignments with the possibility of gaining credits towards a Master’s degree. During school placements practising teachers and tutors formally observe and assess a number of lessons. At the end of each term the students receive written reports which summarises their progress towards meeting the standards for the award of QTS.

You can choose from the following language options:

French (UCAS course code: 2X6B)
French and German (UCAS course code 2X67)
French with Spanish (UCAS course code 2X6C)
Spanish with French (UCAS course code 2X6F)


  • ECSP6001: Principle of teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in the Secondary sector.
  • ECSP7001: Investigating contemporary issues in Secondary education.
  • ECSP7002: Curriculum Development and Enhancement.
  • ECSP6002: Professional Teaching Experience with QTS.
  • Induction course for foreign nationals.
  • Language enhancement sessions.
  • Field trips.          
  • Financial incentives (training grant).
  • Placements in either English or Welsh medium schools.
  • We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales
  • Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales.
  • Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors.
  • Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students.
  • Post-course CPD opportunities.
  • We have the best employment rate in Wales.

As a postgraduate academic course, the PGCE is assessed through two main components: there are four written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience includes thorough assessment of practical teaching skills.

The written assignments are based around realistic professional teaching tasks which seek to integrate preparation, research and inquiry.

A degree in the main language to be taught and, where applicable, an 'A' level or equivalent in the other language. Native speakers should have a university degree, normally English. The admissions process includes an interview with a presentation and written tasks in the target language(s).

You will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit the equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin: 
Tel: 01792 482111

If accepted onto our course, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible.

If you were called to interview, it would be advantageous if you gained some work experience at a secondary school in order that you begin to realise what it means to be a classroom teacher and understand the demands that would face you in your chosen career. 

The PGCE Secondary programme has a well-established link with the CANTEACH programme that supports and facilitates Canadian graduates’ application to the PGCE Secondary programme. 

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme.  This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Modern Foreign Language graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Builth Wells High School, Monmouthshire Comprehensive (Newport), Dylan Thomas Community School (Swansea), The Royal Alexandra and Albert Co-ed Boarding School (Reigate), Cymer Afan Comprehensive School (Neath Port Talbot) and Fitzalan High School (Cardiff)

If you are called to an interview you would need to undertake 30 minute Literacy and Numeracy tests and if you wanted to follow the course through the medium of Welsh, an additional Welsh Literacy test.  

You might also be asked to undertake a presentation related to your subject area, an extended writing exercise, written tasks in your target language(s)and a formal interview with a subject tutor and school mentor.

You would need to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for your subject.