PGCE (Secondary) Modern Languages

Goldsmiths, University of London

Postgraduate Certificate
12 months
16700 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This PGCE (Secondary) Modern Languages programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, encourages an interactive teaching approach that builds confidence, develops understanding of how the language system works and leads to purposeful language use. It provides you with the tools to make the study of language stimulating for the full range of learners.


Why study PGCE (Secondary) Modern Languages at Goldsmiths, University of London?

  • Choose between French, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin Pathways.
  • You’ll work with young people from a wide range of backgrounds, aptitudes and needs. This is challenging as well as exciting, and the programme offers a gradual and supportive introduction to the classroom. You'll spend time in subject-specific groups, looking at issues and resources particular to their languages.
  • We'll help you to understand what constitutes ‘good practice’ in teaching.
  • We encourage students to develop a second or third teaching language, and we build in opportunities for you to teach each other. 
  • You’ll have the opportunity to use stories, songs, drama, multimedia, and art works in your practice.
  • Learn how to develop engaging content and teaching strategies. You’ll have the chance to work with Primary PGCE colleagues to look at the implication of teaching languages in primary schools on policy and pedagogy.

Programme Structure

In the Autumn Term, College-based sessions complement school-based work by covering issues raised in lesson planning – eg. speaking skills, group work, or using ICT. The sessions are based on workshop-type activities, but offer the opportunity to reflect on the underlying teaching principles.They also allow you to follow up General Professional Studies by exploring equal opportunities, classroom management, Every Child Matters and Inclusion.For the Spring and Summer Terms, you move to a second school and take on more responsibility for teaching classes; you may also continue to team-teach with your mentor in school.Your university tutor and mentor share responsibility for assessing your teaching practice, and help you identify your strengths and work on any weaknesses.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You'll need:

  • to meet our fitness to train requirements
  • a GCSE Grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English Language, Mathematics, and a science subject (including Combined Science)
  • an undergraduate honours degree, usually 2:2 or above, from a university in the United Kingdom
Ideally your degree would be related to your chosen programme, or you would have studied the subject as part of your degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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