PGCE

Modern Languages (Spanish)

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There is an increasing demand for teaching in Modern Languages. At Aberystwyth, our PGCE in Modern Languages (Spanish) will explore how you will teach a language to beginners whose first language may not be English. At the Aberystwyth ITE Partnership, you will be trained to teach your specialist modern language, or even a combination of languages. The course will involve the methodology of language teaching as applied to your specialism or specialisms, eg French and/or Spanish, Spanish and/or French. Working within the Languages, Literacy and Communication Area of Learning and Experience, you will train to teach ambitious, capable and confident learners who are informed and confident about the world beyond school and about the country under study. 

This is a Welsh-medium course. We also offer PGCE Spanish through the medium of English (3DHF).

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements Gradd Baglor y DU (Anrhydedd), neu gyfwerth rhyngwladol, mewn pwnc perthnasol. Rhaid i o leiaf 50% o gynnwys y radd Baglor fod yn gysylltiedig ag Ieithoedd Tramor. Gellir hefyd ystyried ymgeiswyr sy'n meddu ar radd Baglor (Anrhydedd) mewn pwnc arall, ond sy'n siarad Sbaeneg yn rhugl.

English Language Requirements Sylwch fod hwn yn gwrs cant y cant trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg

Other Requirements TGAU Gradd B naill ai am Gymraeg Iaith (Iaith Gyntaf) neu Gymraeg Llenyddiaeth, Saesneg Iaith neu Saesneg Llenyddiaeth. Os enillir gradd B am Gymraeg Llenyddiaeth neu Saesneg Llenyddiaeth rhaid cael o leiaf gradd C am Gymraeg Iaith (Iaith Gyntaf) neu Saesneg Iaith. Mae hefyd angen Gradd B am TGAU Mathemateg neu Fathemateg Rhifedd. Gall y Brifysgol gynnig Profion Cyfwerthedd TGAU yn y pynciau hyn i ymgeiswyr sydd heb y cymwysterau/graddau. Mae profiad neu gyfnod arsylwi mewn ysgol yn fantais. Bydd pob ymgeisydd yn cael cyfweliad yn rhan o’r drefn o ddethol.

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Fees and Finance

Tuition fees: Tuition fees for PGCE courses are regulated by Welsh Government and are set in line with undergraduate tuition fees.  

Financial support: Welsh Government offers incentives for students training to teach certain priority subjects. In addition, Student Finance Wales offers help with the cost of your teacher education if you’re studying one of our full-time PGCE programmes. 

About this course

This pioneering, integrated programme responds to the needs of teacher education in the 21st century, and trains student teachers who can teach across both the primary and secondary sectors. This emphasis on cross-phase teaching is in keeping with Welsh Government’s National Mission and the Curriculum for Wales, as well with the increasing emergence of All-Through schools. The PGCE is a full-time academic and professional programme, broadly comprising university-based provision of approximately 12 weeks, and at least 24 weeks based in school. 

Together with your fellow students on the primary and other secondary programmes, you will study the principles of effective pedagogy, assessment, lesson and curriculum planning. You will participate actively in learning, contributing to seminars, delivering presentations and engaging critically with research. During the University sessions, you will plan and deliver micro lessons in preparation for the practical element of the course. 

You will study the curriculum for Modern Languages as part of the Languages, Learning and Communication Area of Learning and Experience, and you will collaborate with students in other subject areas to develop your practice in working across the curriculum. There will be a focus on the teaching of language throughout the secondary age range including GCSE French, Spanish and AS/A Modern Foreign Languages specifications. 

Placements will occur in selected Partnership Cluster Hubs where schools will have close links with the University and where trained mentors will be guiding and supporting your development. On placement, you will work closely with your subject mentor and the University Link Tutor to develop your practical skills in teaching. 

In addition to specialist placements in secondary schools, you will experience a short placement in a primary school working with skilled primary teachers. You will also undertake an action research project to develop an aspect of your practice and begin your career as a research-informed teacher. 

Careers

Completing a PGCE is one route to becoming a fully qualified teacher. This form of teacher training is recommended for anyone with an undergraduate degree who is looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

You need QTS to teach in a state-maintained or special schools in England and Wales. While other routes to gain QTS exist, they do not all come with the postgraduate qualification of a PGCE. A PGCE from Aberystwyth University is a valued qualification regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

When you study a PGCE with us, we help you prepare for a successful career in education. You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high. 

Careers support  

Our Careers Service offers all graduates a lifelong service where our dedicated team of Careers consultants can continue to support you wherever you may be after you’ve finished your studies at Aberystwyth.  

Teaching & Learning

The PGCE in Modern Languages (Spanish) offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate level.  

The course traditionally runs from September to the end of June. Trainee teachers will be based in schools for 26 weeks. Guided by University tutors and trained school mentors this will involve classroom teaching and different school-based activities. During the eight university block weeks you attend the taught element of your course at the University. The University arranges all the school placements. During your school placement you will get the chance to teach, plan your lessons, and in some cases take part in the pastoral care element of being a teacher, amongst other duties. Most of our students tell us they truly enjoyed the experience and were completely accepted as part of the school environment. 

Assessment on the course takes a range of forms including essays, reflective writing, presentations, lesson plans and action research project. There are no formal examinations. Assessment of practice takes place throughout all three placements on a continuous basis.