We are still accepting applications to the PGCE Modern Languages for 2024/25 entry where places are available.
The PGCE in Modern Languages is a recognised teaching qualification aligned to the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland professional competences which affords graduates ‘Eligibility to Teach’ (referred to in some other jurisdictions as 'qualified teacher status', QTS). The course is aligned broadly with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, supporting graduates in teaching Modern Languages across the 11-18+ year age range. The programme aims to develop your competence and confidence in the teaching of Modern Languages and in the general professional role of the teacher.
The PGCE will appeal to you if you wish to move into teaching and if you are a graduate in Modern Languages or about to graduate in Modern Languages.
The programme combines university-based tuition, consisting of taught sessions and directed independent study, with professional placements in schools and is organised around three interdependent strands:
Professional School-based Experience - focuses on developing practical teaching competence particularly through working closely with experienced teachers during periods of school placement.
Subject Studies - focuses on teaching and learning within your subject specialism (and cognate areas).
Education and Professional Studies - focuses on common aspects of teaching and the professional role of the teacher, bringing together relevant theory, policy and practice. This includes issues such as: the Northern Ireland education system, curriculum theory and policy, theories of learning and assessment, social class and educational disadvantage, special educational needs and barriers to learning, pastoral care and child protection/safeguarding, student voice, mental health and wellbeing of students, positive behaviour management, diversity and inclusion, effective use of technologies and whole school approaches to literacy, numeracy and the social and emotional health of young people. Students are also offered a choice of elective courses designed to enhance the subjects and skills they can offer to schools.
Extra places are reserved to prepare those who are interested in teaching their subject through the medium of Irish in Irish-medium schools. An additional certificate in Irish Medium Education (IME) is awarded in conjunction with St Mary's University College.
Closing date for applications: 1 November 2023. Late applications may be accepted (refer to the Entry Requirements tab for more information).
Further information, including an Application Guide, can be found on the School website at go.qub.ac.uk/qubpgce.
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Education (Modern Languages) highlights
We are a General Teaching Council (GTCNI) accredited provider of Initial Teacher Education programmes. On successful completion you will achieve Eligibility to Teach / Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
PGCE graduates may transfer 30 credits into one of the School’s Educational Master’s programmes.
The Education and Training Inspectorate has assessed the ‘Outcomes for learners’ on the course to be ‘Outstanding’. Students are involved in active, enquiry-based and research-informed learning throughout the course.
After enrolment, you will complete an Induction week followed by a one-week placement in a primary school in early September.
The next six week block of the course is devoted to university-based tuition (subject-specific taught sessions and directed independent study) before you commence your first period of professional placement based in a school (11 weeks).
At the beginning of February, you return to university-based tuition in preparation for your second professional period in a school (12 weeks). A final week of university-based tuition completes the course at the end of May.
Successful completion of the PGCE depends on achieving satisfactory standards in both practical teaching and in University based modules, which are assessed through course work.
The extended placements, which we arrange, are normally in two different school types. This ensures a varied experience of teaching in different schools and working with pupils from the whole ability range. Where students have contacts in post-primary schools in France or Spain, we will facilitate a placement of up to 4 weeks abroad; this will be funded by the student.
In the two post-primary schools you will work closely with members of each school’s staff. Your subject lecturer from Queen’s will also maintain close co-operative links with these teachers during your school placements.
People teaching you
Dr Ian Collen coordinates and teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Modern Languages programme. His research interests are in languages in the primary school, modern languages education and teacher professional development, focusing on bridging the gap between Initial Teacher Education and Beginning Teacher.
Teaching TimesTypically Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. School-based placements are dependent on the host school's timetable for the school day.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:
Indicative Number of Modules per Semester
1.5 modules per Semester (30 CATS points)
Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester
60% lectures and 20% tutorials, 20% private study.
Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
- Coursework comprises subject studies assignments, practical teaching and core tasks arising from lectures, workshops and tutorials addressing key educational issues.
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The Graduate School
"The PGCE in Modern Languages at Queen's is a highly sought after course which prepares participants to deliver the Northern Ireland Curriculum up to and including A-level. The course attracts recent graduates from universities across the island of Ireland, Great Britain and beyond, as well as individuals who seek to change career at a later stage in life. I expect the highest commitment and hard work from student teachers, but in return take great care of everyone. The support structures whilst at Queen's and on placement in local schools are second to none".
Dr Ian Collen, Pathway Convenor (Modern Languages)
Please note the closing date for 2024 entry to this programme is 1st November 2023.
Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed. Normally we do not consider ‘late’ applications before June at the earliest.
All applicants must possess the following:
- At least 2.2 Honours degree (single or joint honours) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, in French and/or Irish and/or Spanish. German alone is not considered but is welcomed in combination with French and/or Spanish. In all Honours degrees, modules in Modern Languages must make up at least 50% of the qualification.
- At the time of application, GCSE Mathematics grade C/4, and GCSE English Language grade C/4 or equivalent qualification. (Please note Essential Skills Level 2 qualifications are not regarded as equivalent for entry to this professional course as the professional accrediting authority, the GTCNI, does not recognise them as equivalent)
In addition to the above requirements, native speakers of languages other than English or Irish must have a qualification in a curricular language in addition to their mother tongue, at Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, to be invited for interview.
We reserve the right to enhance the shortlisting criteria if the course is over-subscribed.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.
Please note, applicants who are successful in obtaining an offer following completion of the selection process must provide official confirmation that they have satisfied any conditions of their offer by 12 noon on Thursday 29th August 2024 as the course will commence on Monday 2nd September 2024.
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English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
This PGCE prepares students for teaching in secondary-level schools (age 11-18+). You will gain ‘Eligibility to Teach’ (referred to in some other jurisdictions as 'qualified teacher status', QTS).
Qualified teachers have found employment in secondary schools, progressing through either a subject specialist or pastoral route into middle and senior management. Others have gone on to successfully complete further postgraduate study.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Prizes and Awards
Educational and Professional Studies Prize.
Elizabeth M Fulton Prize for top performing student in Modern Languages.
Excellence in Teaching Award – competition across all PGCE subject areas.
Overall Best Performing PGCE Student.
Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
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1EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.
2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
"Students are required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Check with Access NI costing £33.
Students have two mandatory eleven week placement and are responsible for funding any travel, accommodation and subsistence. These costs vary depending on the location of the placement provider. Students will be expected to dress professionally and may incur additional costs for clothing. Additional costs will be incurred for the creation of teaching materials whilst on placement, which may be partly absorbed by the placement school.
Students are required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Check with Access NI costing £33 and are responsible for funding this themselves. Students have two mandatory placements in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland and are responsible for funding any travel, accommodation and subsistence. These costs vary depending on the location of the placement provider. Students will be expected to dress professionally and may incur additional costs for clothing. Additional costs will be incurred for the creation of teaching materials whilst on placement, which may be partly absorbed by the placement school.
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £6,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £11,836 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
More information on funding options and financial assistance - please check this link regularly, even after you have submitted an application, as new scholarships may become available to you.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at www.qub.ac.uk/Study/international-students/international-scholarships.
How to Apply
When to Apply
The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.
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