PGCE M (Secondary 11 - 18) Modern Foreign Languages with QTS

This PGCE with QTS will support you in gaining the skills and knowledge needed to teach Modern Foreign Languages in the secondary sector and inspire the next generation of young people. Combining university and school-based experience with expert tuition from our experienced educationalists, this ITT course aims to ensure you can learn what it takes to teach.

(Secondary 11 - 18) Modern Foreign Languages with QTS

Key information



Mode of Study:



1 year


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

This course is undergoing some changes for September 2024. The University of Bolton has entered into an exciting partnership with Bath Spa University. Therefore, you will complete your course and be awarded your PGCE qualification (in your specialist subject area) from the University of Bolton and at the end of the course, Bath Spa University will be responsible for recommending you for QTS. This connection combines the extensive experience of two key providers in Secondary provision, supporting your progress and success on this PGCE Secondary programme at the University of Bolton.

This master's level Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme offers you a range of experience in secondary schools. You will gain knowledge of diverse socio-economic settings and students with different needs and abilities. Your subject-specialist mentor will support you throughout your training, and University tutors will help you develop research-informed approaches to teaching in secondary schools. Our bespoke Subject Specialist Studies (SSS) programme will focus on building your knowledge of the Modern Foreign Languages national curriculum in your chosen specialist language and support your teaching during your placements. Our highly experienced team will focus on helping you to develop your skills in teaching one main specialist language from Spanish, French and German. You may also have the opportunity to enhance your expertise in Portuguese, Italian or Mandarin (or a combination of these languages), depending on the opportunities available in your placement schools.

There is a national shortage of Modern Foreign Languages teachers (1). Aligned with the Department for Education Teachers' Standards and Core Content Framework, our PGCE M (Secondary 11 - 18) Modern Foreign Languages with QTS offers you the opportunity to step into a rewarding career as a secondary school teacher. This PGCE ensures you will have access to a minimum of 120 days of school-based experience that will build your practical expertise. When you successfully complete your PGCE and school-based training, you can be recommended for the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

(1) accessed on 1 March 2023

  • This programme offers you the opportunity to gain a PGCE (Secondary 11 - 18) Modern Foreign Languages and Qualified Teacher Status.
  • School-based experience is a core component of this course, and you will undertake at least two teaching placements, totalling a minimum of 120 days' experience in local secondary schools.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated Education team offers a wealth of teaching experience in the secondary sector.
  • Our Subject Specialist Studies (SSS) enhanced learning programme supports you in exploring and developing your skills in teaching Modern Foreign Languages and is aligned with the national curriculum.
Key Features
  • This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Training course – you do not need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK, sitting at the heart of an extensive network of educational partners.
  • During the course, you will have the opportunity to gain diverse placement experiences in other institutions to enhance your professional development.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.
Professional recognition

The programme is aligned with the Department for Education's Teachers' Standards with a final award of PGCE with QTS (upon successful recommendation).

  • You must have at least a lower second class (2:2) honours degree (or equivalent). If this is not in a subject aligned to Modern Foreign Languages then you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme (SKE) to ensure you meet the minimum subject expertise to begin your Initial Teacher Training. A further skills audit will identify subject specialist skills and will inform your action plan for your training programme.
  • You must also have GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.
  • If your qualifications aren’t from a recognised UK education institution, advice will be taken from the International Office on comparability.
  • You'll be required to attend a selection day as part of the application process. This will involve written assessments for English and mathematics, a presentation, a group task, and a face-to-face interview.
  • You’ll need to satisfactorily pass a fitness to practice assessment.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • You'll need to provide satisfactory references, a satisfactory health declaration and a satisfactory student agreement prior to enrolment on the course.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • We'll also consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

If you have a degree and wish to pursue a career in teaching Modern Foreign Languages (such as French, German or Spanish) in secondary schools, then this course is for you. It offers a strong grounding in teaching Modern Foreign Languages and examines how this can support a career as a secondary school teacher. Some key transferable skills you could gain include planning, time management, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, analytical and modelling skills, research and self-discipline.

What can I do with this qualification?

This course offers you an exciting opportunity to turn your passion for language into a career in teaching. Graduates of this course will be qualified to teach Modern Foreign Languages in secondary schools.

Teachers are often employed by state-maintained schools, where your employer is usually the local authority. Alternatively, you may be directly employed by an institution. This will be the case if you choose to work for an academy, free school, independent school or college.

After graduation, you may wish to undertake further study. Popular topics include education management, theory and policy. You could follow a Master's in Education, pursue a PhD by research or study for a Professional Doctorate.

Alternative career options

This course is designed to give you Qualified Teacher Status and entry into the teaching profession. However, as a graduate, you will also be able to use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of the roles listed below, both relevant experience and/or alternative postgraduate study may be required.

  • Educational consultancy
  • Youth work
  • Community education
  • Early years
  • Education administration
  • Learning mentor
  • Social work
  • Careers advice
  • Family support
  • Play therapy
  • Student services
  • Educational writing
  • Translation
  • Interpreting
  • Political risk analysis
  • Journalism
  • Diplomatic service
  • Police
  • International aid and development
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Marketing
  • Publishing

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2024/252025/26
International Year of study Total
Entry year2024/252025/26
Useful information

As a trainee teacher, you may qualify for help to fund your studies from the Department for Education (DfE). Please visit the Government's Get Into Teaching Funding my teacher training webpage for more information.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

Thank you for your interest

In order to determine your suitability for this course as an international student and also to confirm you meet any initial eligibility criteria, we need you to answer a few short questions.


We aim to support your progress towards successfully meeting the DfE Teachers' Standards so that you can be recommended for the award of QTS when you complete the course. Rather than offering formal 'lectures', we prefer to engage our students in small groups. This allows our teacher trainers to model and share good practice effectively and offer you personalised and meaningful support.

You will be expected to participate in individual and group work during classroom sessions, and we will offer tutorials to supplement class-based learning. For some elements, we will use specialist equipment to develop and consolidate your practical teaching skills ready for the secondary sector. We will encourage you to reflect on your practice and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Reflective practice is an effective way to support your progress and help cement your learning.

Our assessment strategy supports your professional development and reflective practice. The modules are assessed in various ways, including portfolios of evidence of lesson planning and teaching resources, written essays, project, action plans, reflective writing, collaborative work, and presentations.

School-based experiences will be arranged for you and form a core component of the programme. Your learning and progress throughout the PGCE will support your learning and progress towards your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. During school placements, your teaching practice will be measured and assessed against the Department for Education Teachers' Standards and documented through session planning, observation reports and reflective journals. You will receive informal feedback on your performance to help you assess your progress and improve your practice, as well as formal assessment that will contribute to your overall grade for the course. You will evidence your progress on our online learning platform. This will form the portfolio of evidence for you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status if you successfully meet the Teachers' Standards at the end of your course.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Secondary QTS Modern Foreign Languages
  • Pedagogy and Inclusive Practice
  • Action Research and Creative Approaches to Curriculum Delivery
  • Developing Professional Practice and Promoting Wellbeing
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 47%, Placement/study abroad 3%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 50%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Georgina King

+44 (0)1204 903341

Initial Teacher Training and Qualified Teacher Status Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

Related courses

PGCE M Post Graduate Certificate in Education M 14+

Mode of study
1 Years

University of Bolton

PGCE M (Secondary 11 - 18) Mathematics with QTS

Mode of study
1 Years

University of Bolton

PGCE M (Secondary 11 - 18) Computing with QTS

Mode of study
1 Years

University of Bolton

PGCE M (Secondary 11-18) English with QTS

Mode of study
1 Years

University of Bolton

Postgraduate Options

EdD Doctor of Education

Mode of study
72 Months

University of Bolton

MA Inclusive Education

Mode of study
18 Months

University of Bolton

MA Inclusive Education

Mode of study
3 Years

University of Bolton


Download the app for your smartphone from:

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
QQA Scheme Participant

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
QQA Scheme Participant