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PGCE Modern Languages (Spanish)

Share your passion for language and culture to build international understanding

Year of entry: 2020
Show year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

Applications for 2020/21 entry open on Monday 30 September at 10am.

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This course qualifies you to teach modern languages at 11-16 (with post-16 enhancement).

For many children, school is the first opportunity to learn a foreign language. As a language teacher you will not only help them to communicate, but deepen their understanding of other cultures and promote international tolerance and understanding.

Tailoring your course

We want to make sure that you have all the options you need to become the teacher you want to be. That's why we give you a range of opportunities to make your course your own. 

Please note that each route has a different UCAS and institution code. See our information on applying for details. 

Language specialisation

We offer French, German and Spanish as a first or second language. We strongly encourage you to study two languages as schools expect you to be able to teach your first language to GCSE/A-level and your second language to at least KS3, ideally to GCSE. You'll attend sessions to develop your own language skills, in particular your second language.

School Direct

You can choose to study this course as a University of York PGCE trainee or through one of our School Direct routes in partnership with one of the following teaching alliances:

School Direct trainees work with University of York PGCE trainees at the University for Curriculum Area sessions. Whole School Issues sessions are usually delivered in your partner schools. 

Accreditation

On successfully completing this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is awarded by the Department for Education (DfE).

The training I receive at University is so different from my undergraduate degree in its challenges and its outcomes, and I leave every session feeling like I’ve acquired or improved my life skills. Being around other trainee teachers is also a brilliant feeling, as you form a community of people who can encourage and provide tips for one another to develop daily.
Beth, PGCE student

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Rated good by Ofsted

In its most recent evaluation, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) awarded our PGCE programme a Grade 2: Good.

Course content

Your study at the University and your practical experience in schools will work together to help you develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to be a successful teacher. 

Throughout the course, you’ll develop and consolidate your understanding of what constitutes effective teaching.

You’ll spend two thirds of your learning time in school settings, with the rest of your time spent at the University receiving training. While on placement, you'll receive ongoing support from your tutors who will visit you in school to observe your teaching and scrutinise your files. 

This course will build on your experiences in schools and provide opportunities to explore a variety of approaches to teaching Modern Foreign Languages. You will learn specific strategies including how to tackle grammar, phonics, lesson planning and using ICT to enhance your practice. These will help you to develop into an effective and innovative MFL teacher.  

This course is worth 60 Masters-level credits, which you can put towards a Masters degree through Accreditation of Prior Credited Learning (APCL).

Placements

Over the course of your two main placements you’ll have the opportunity to work with different age groups (including gaining some post-16 experience), with different abilities and with students of varying dispositions. You’ll experience a variety of schools and subject departments.

You’ll experience the pastoral side of each school through active involvement with a tutor group. You will be able to engage with the wider life of each school by participating in school trips, parents’ evenings, open evenings, events such as school concerts and lunchtime/after school clubs.

First placement

  • Observation
    Early in the Autumn Term, you'll observe lessons within your subject specialism and more widely. You may also get the opportunity to teach a small number of lesson segments. 
  • Period 1
    Towards the end of Autumn Term, you’ll teach approximately 8-12 lessons over the course of about five weeks.
  • Period 2
    At the beginning of Spring Term, you’ll teach 10-12 one hour lessons per week. This is about 50% of an average teacher’s timetable.

Second placement

You'll start your second placement teaching about 50% of an average teacher's timetable. You may be able to increase this to around 75% as your placement goes on.

Additional placements

  • Primary 
    In addition to the two teaching placements in contrasting secondary schools, you will also participate in a primary placement which will develop your understanding of primary and secondary transition issues.
  • Professional enrichment 
    Towards the end of your course, you'll participate in an additional two-week placement which will give you experience of areas you haven't already worked in. This could mean taking part in exciting and relevant curriculum-based projects in schools, or gaining experience of non-mainstream education settings such as Pupil Referral Units or schools for young people with additional needs. 
I did not anticipate how accepting my placement school would be. Trainees are treated no differently to qualified teachers, being given the same amount of respect and responsibility. It is unbelievably rewarding to be accepted into a school where everyone works together to make a positive impact on the progress of pupils.
Jessa, PGCE student

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Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)
York's tuition fees for 2020/21 entry are £9,250 per year for UK/EU students (including Channel Islands and Isle of Man residents). Further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
£9,250£18,240

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

You will be expected to arrange your own transport to and from placements. The cost of this will vary depending on the location of your placements and your personal situation. We'll make every effort to place you in a school that you are able to travel to easily.

Successful applicants must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check. The fee for this is £44.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Teaching bursaries

You may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). 

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

Participation in the PGCE course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of your learning will come from workshops, seminars and school and classroom activities.

Trainees come to the course with a range of qualifications, employment backgrounds and interests. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to work collaboratively, sharing your experience, knowledge and technical expertise. Activities emphasise teamwork and require you to share the responsibility for your learning.

Throughout the course, you will be guided by mentors in your placement schools and supported by your university tutors.

Facilities

Our Modern Foreign Languages Resources Room contains subject specific materials, language learning magazines and journals, textbooks and examples of teaching and assessment files.

Teaching location

The Department of Education is located in Derwent College, on the west part of our campus. Most of your teaching will take place nearby on Campus West.

School placements take place across the region. We take many factors into consideration when allocating placements and will work with you to ensure you can get to your placement safely and easily. 

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You'll complete three academic assignments:

  • Lesson observation
    You'll critically evaluate the observations you make during the visits to your first placement school.
  • Evaluation of Teaching and Learning
    You'll evaluate your early teaching by analysing some of the work pupils produce in the lessons you plan and deliver.
  • In-depth Focus Study
    This small-scale piece of classroom-based research is an opportunity for you investigate a particular aspect of what it means to teach your subject effectively. It's an opportunity for you to pursue your own professional interests.

The primary aim of the course is to enable you to meet, and ideally exceed, the Teachers' Standards and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also be awarded a PGCE from the University of York at Masters level.

Careers and skills

Most of our graduates become teachers, but the skills you learn will open other career paths too.

Career opportunities

  • Careers adviser
  • Child psychotherapist
  • Counsellor
  • Family support worker
  • Museum education officer
  • Play therapist
  • Youth worker

Transferable skills

  • Ability to articulate complex ideas
  • Learning/teaching methods and strategies
  • Managing time and setting priorities
  • Assimilate, analyse, and evaluate complex information
  • Computer literacy for teaching and learning
  • High standards of personal and professional conduct
  • Presentation and communication skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
GCSEs Grade 4 (C) or above in English and Mathematics.
Degree

An honours degree in Spanish at 2:2 or above. We also accept combined honours degrees where Spanish makes up at least 50% of the award.

If you would like to specialise in two languages but have only previously studied Spanish, you may still be considered on the condition that you complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. 

Native speakers

If you are a native speaker of Spanish, you may be considered for the course even if your degree is not in a related subject. 

Professional skills test

The Department for Education requires a pass in professional skills tests, in addition to GCSEs in English and Maths. It is in your best interests to book and pass the skills tests as soon as possible.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are between 8 and 28 weeks long, and are ideal for developing your subject knowedge and improving your confidence. Some courses are available to complete online, others through distance learning or face-to-face.

We may ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as a condition of your offer. If so, the course will be are fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any additional fees. You may be entitled to bursaries while you complete the course.​

Medical evaluation

Before starting your course we'll ask you to complete a medical declaration, to ensure your fitness to teach and to allow us to better support you during your course.

Declaration of criminal convictions

We will ask you to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions. Criminal convictions are not usually a bar to entry, but failure to disclose them can be grounds for dismissal. You must get clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to join the course. If we offer you a place we'll let you know how to apply for a DBS enhanced check, for which there is a fee of £44.

Interview

If we're thinking about offering you a place, we'll invite you to an interview. These normally involve tasks such as a short presentation, group activities and a written test as well as a personal interview.

Although it is not a pre-requisite for application, you are strongly encouraged to have completed a minimum of two days observing in a school prior to interview.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Each route has a different UCAS and institution code. 

  • University of York (institution code: Y50)
    • Spanish 2KFW
    • Spanish with French 2KFX
    • Spanish with German 2KFZ 
  • Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance (institution code: 15X)
    • Spanish with French 2WFY
  • All Saints, York (Diocese of Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliance) (Instituion code: 2KH)
    • Spanish 3CNW

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