Languages Education - French R1X1, German R2X1, Chinese T1X1
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On the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary, we aim to provide a professional learning experience. The programme seeks to ensure that student teachers have both a theoretical and practical knowledge of how to teach, in order to meet the needs and interests of young people. The programme seeks to develop the ability of student teachers to think and act reflectively and reflexively to a high level.
A key focus of the programme is on social justice and what this means for practitioners in terms of how they think about their teacher identity and what and how they teach within and across their subject disciplines.
Combining campus-based courses taught at Moray House and experiential Professional Placements undertaken in schools, this programme provides an excellent foundation for an impactful career in education.
Students will undertake extensive critical reading during their study. On-campus learning occurs as lectures, workshops, online learning and self-study. The development of collaborative working skills in problem-based learning contexts and responsibility for learning through professional enquiry is key. The courses involve learning in the domains of educational theory and practice, ensuring that you are well prepared to take on the professional role of a student-teacher on placement. You are expected to build on skills gained in your previous education.
Professional Placement courses address classroom knowledge and skills; and experience of planning, managing, organising, assessing and evaluating pupil learning and taking on the role of a class teacher for increasing periods of time.
Professional Placements constitute approximately half of the programme, with students being allocated a placement within one of six key local authorities. Moray House has established teacher education partnerships with key local authorities that are closely involved in supporting teacher professional learning provision. This model of partnership is designed to provide high-quality professional development and enhanced qualifications for aspiring and practising teachers in all educational settings.
The qualifications for admission to the PGDE (Secondary) are:
- A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, in the subject to be taught is preferred. This qualification should contain at least two graduating courses (80 UK credits) in the relevant subject. Some subjects will consider a broader range of degree content, so please check the subject-specific entry requirements below.
- SQA Higher English at grade C or above (or equivalent) or GCSE English (Language) and English Literature both at C or above.
- SQA National 5 Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics (formerly Lifeskills Maths) at grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.
- All applicants must also meet the University of Edinburgh English language requirement – we accept a wide range of qualifications, details of which can be found here: English Language Entry requirements
Subject-specific Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a degree in the subject to be taught, however, those with a minimum of 80 credits in the relevant subject contained within their degree may also be considered.
Postgraduate qualifications in the relevant subject are only considered where there is a shortfall of credits. A maximum of 30 credits from a source other than the undergraduate degree can be considered to ‘top up’ an existing undergraduate degree in this manner. For instance, if you hold a degree in French, with no other language, along with a postgraduate qualification in German, this would not enable you to take German as a PGDE subject.
We welcome applications from those who wish to study one language or a dual combination of the languages offered as given below.
- Any two from French, German and Mandarin
- French and Spanish
- German and Spanish
- Mandarin and Spanish
- French and Italian
- German and Italian
- NB: Spanish and Italian can only be taken as second subjects
- NB: Italian placements are in short supply
- NB: Mandarin with Italian is not possible
Please contact the Programme Director for further information about dual qualification and to check the availability of your second subject.
Entry requirements for the First Language offered
For the first language offered, applicants must:
- Have a degree with at least 80 credit points in the language they want to teach
- Have lived for six months in a country where the language is spoken before starting the course (this could be from your university year abroad), and
- Evidence that they are competent in speaking the relevant language
The applicant's academic study must include an element which will allow them to contribute to the wider aspects of programmes of study in schools, such as literature, cultural studies, area studies or languages in work.
While living abroad the applicant must have fully taken part in the language and culture of the relevant country. Applicants must normally live in the relevant country in blocks of at least three months.
Applicants who have spent one of their study years abroad will be considered as having met the residency requirement in the language in question.
Entry requirements for Second Languages if you wish to earn a dual qualification
Applicants must fully meet the requirements for their first language. They must also:
- Have a degree with 80 credit points in the second language they want to teach
- Have lived for at least three months in a country where the language is spoken before starting the course, and
- Evidence that they are competent in speaking the relevant language.
As with the first language, the applicant's academic study must include an element which will allow him/her to contribute to the wider aspects of programmes of study in schools, such as literature, cultural studies, area studies or languages in work.
While living abroad, the applicant must have fully taken part in the language and culture of the relevant country. The applicants must normally live in the relevant country in blocks of at least three months.
They must have lived in the country where the second language is spoken for a full six months before they can get full registration with the GTCS. The GTCS will answer any questions about registration and residency requirements for the second language.
Native speakers of a language (other than English) who have finished a degree in a language-based subject which meets the requirements above may train to teach their native language.
For example, a French student with a degree in German can train to teach German and French in Scotland, presuming the candidate meets the residency requirements for both languages.
The PGDE Secondary programme is a professional graduate diploma and seeks, beyond academic qualifications, candidates who are suitable to join the profession in terms of their disposition towards and their experience of working with children and young people.
Applicants should demonstrate the following in their application:
- Experience of teaching target groups either in a foreign country or in your home county and ability to comment insightfully on the discernible differences in context
- Evidence of engagement with Scottish secondary schools through observation or learning assistant duties or similar
- Evidence of formal teaching or voluntary work in a recognised context.
- Discussion of diversification, community languages, etc.
- Insightful comments made on own experience as learner and ability to relate this to the context of teaching
- An informed interest in current educational issues & development.
- Excellent oral, written, interpersonal skills and visual communication skills.
To be successful, applicants will be expected to have subject expertise and enthusiasm, and also be able to provide evidence of wanting to work with young people, and of having given due consideration to a career in secondary education. It is important that candidates can demonstrate that they have gained insights into learning and teaching from this work.
Selection for this programme involves a professional interview. Candidates will be expected to discuss their understanding of the Scottish Curriculum during interview. They should ensure that they have researched this either via their work experience, shadowing, or relevant experience, or online for example on the Education Scotland (Foghlam Alba) website.
Candidates should expect to be asked their informed views on current challenges within teaching and within their subject area (this can be based on their knowledge, understanding and experience of learning and teaching in other parts of the world).