Our PGCE MFL course offers four language combinations:
- French major with German as a minor
- German major with French as a minor
- Spanish major with French as a minor
- French major with Spanish as a minor
Our course emphasises learning through critical reflection on theory, practice and research. We maintain close links with partnership schools and colleagues. A unique feature of the course is the Erasmus opportunity to spend time teaching in the country of your second language in the summer term. We encourage ongoing development of subject knowledge through peer support and our e-learning platform designed in conjunction with colleagues from the King’s Modern Language Centre to develop your linguistic competence and pedagogical awareness. Our course is delivered by tutors who have extensive teaching experience and are actively involved in research of international quality.
University based: You will work with other trainees and tutors in your subject area to consider the principles and practice of teaching your subject including curriculum design, the development of materials, classroom management and lesson planning. You will also work with trainees from other subjects in a programme of lectures and seminar groups to examine a broad range of educational issues. During both secondary school placements there are occasional days in college for tutorials to support and monitor progress towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). There are cross-curricular research tasks and assignments.
School based: For 24 of the 37 weeks the training takes place in schools, mainly in two complementary secondary schools but a short primary school experience. This introduces you to recognising key constituents of good teaching, helps develop your own teaching skills and gain an understanding of how schools work and how children learn. Some trainees undertake part of their teaching practice in France, Spain or Germany, funded by the Erasmus programme.
You can typically expect:
- the equivalent of over 50 days of academic sessions at King’s (typically three hours in the morning and/or afternoon spread throughout the academic year)
- approximately 120 days of teaching placement.* This includes a short period of placement in primary schools (typically four days)
- a number of one to one tutorials totaling five to seven sessions across the year
- two visits from a tutor whilst on placement to observe lessons and monitor progress
- regular** meetings with a mentor, who will be a member of staff at your placement school, whilst on placement
- written feedback on all credit-bearing assignments within four weeks of the deadline.
*This 120 day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.
**Typically each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.
The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement.
Professional Practice in Education (45-credit module)
This module covers the teaching practice that students carry out in secondary schools. As such, much of the time commitment is dedicated to teaching and planning lessons.
Seminars/tutorials: 14 contact hours (seminars/tutorials designed to evaluate teaching performance and provide feedback).
Teaching: 200-220 hours of teaching (this includes time teaching by oneself and ‘team teaching’ in groups).
Self study/assignment work: 216 hours to include lesson planning, observing lessons, marking pupils work.
School Data (15 credit module)
Lectures/seminars: 10 contact hours
Self-study/ assignment work: 140 hours
Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30-credit module)
Lectures/seminars: 25.5 contact hours
Self-study/assignment work: 274.5 hours of self-study
Focused Pedagogical Studies (30-credit module)
Lectures/seminars: 200 contact hours.
Self-study/assignment work: 100 hours of self-study
- The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the Teaching Standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.
- The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by a written assignment of 6,000 words heavily based on in-school research that trainees undertakes.
- The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by an assignment focusing on data collection methods in the school environment.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.
Students undertake placements in secondary schools that work in partnership with King’s College London. Partnership schools are located across central London and the Greater London area. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London area and beyond.
Students also organise their own short placement at a state primary school. Further information on this short placement is provided during the course.