School of Education

Modern Languages - PGCE and School Direct

Modern Languages

The modern language course reflects current developments within the context of the introduction of a new National Curriculum, the introduction of languages in primary schools, GCSE and post-16 pathways, and the world of industry, work and leisure.

The aim is to support trainees to become inspirational teachers of languages who are able to support language learners to develop the linguistic skills and intercultural competence necessary to operate effectively as 21st century global citizens.

Five themes permeate the course, which embodies developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning modern languages in schools for the future:

  • Content of modern languages learning and teaching 
  • Communication in modern languages learning and teaching
  • Cognition and thinking skills through modern languages
  • Cultures for modern languages learning and teaching
  • Contexts for learning from classrooms to global communities 

You are expected to offer two languages as this increases employability in the job market. If you have one language, you are encouraged and supported in developing a second one.

Your team of tutors works very closely together with partnership schools to offer you courses that are relevant to the changing demands of languages teaching and to support you throughout the different stages of the year.

Modern Languages course content

You will have the advantage of studying the methodology of language teaching and learning in a multilingual group, thus encouraging discussion and exchange of ideas drawn from several different languages. 

At the same time, you will be able to pursue and develop specific language skills independently and according to individual needs. You will develop a portfolio of materials and examples of work through a programme called Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE), in order to maintain and improve your languages skills. This is especially important if you wish to develop a weaker second language. The focus of SKE is to be able to teach confidently through the medium of the target language. 



You will study a wide variety of topics including: 

  • Intellectual development, language acquisition and modern language teaching
  • Communicative language teaching
  • Developing global citizenship and intercultural competence
  • The National Curriculum, GCSE, GCE languages
  • Languages in primary schools
  • The contribution of modern languages to the whole curriculum
  • Lesson planning and preparation
  • The role of grammar
  • Using the target language
  • Using technology to support language learning
  • Differentiation in the languages classroom
  • Extending learning beyond the classroom
  • Effective assessment in modern languages
  • Maximising resources and authentic materials
  • Creativity in language learning
  • Behaviour for learning
  • Special educational needs
  • Linguistic skills
  • Post-16 pathways

How to apply


View PGCE availability and then visit our application guidance page.

School Direct

To apply for a place on the School Direct Modern Languages programme you will need to search for a School Direct place on the UCAS-TT website

From the table below, you should identify a placement school in which you wish to undertake your training. When you apply in UCAS you will then need to search for and apply to the relevant Lead School as found in the same table below. The University of Nottingham will be listed as an accredited provider. Visit our application guidance page.

View School Direct placement schools...
Placement schools  
Placement schoolSchool locationPlaces availableLead school
The de Ferrers Academy Burton upon Trent Available  The de Ferrers Academy 
The Bramcote School Nottingham Available  The de Ferrers Academy 
East Leake Academy East Leake Available  The de Ferrers Academy 
St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy Ilkeston Available  The de Ferrers Academy 
Chellaston Academy Derby Available  Chellaston Academy
The Minster School Southwell Available  The Minster School
Schools across the Alliance Derby/Nottingham Available  L.E.A.D. Teaching School Alliance

PGCE details

School Direct details

Student profiles

The Modern Languages Team

  • Lesley Hagger-Vaughan 
  • Ruth Koro 

Subject specific staff work with a wider circle of colleagues dedicated to our teacher training programmes including:

  • Stefanie Sullivan - Director of Initial Teacher Education
  • Helen Bowhay - Secondary Phase Leader


There are two routes to qualification, PGCE and School Direct. For both routes you will have a University interview.

If you have more than one UCAS application choice for routes and/or schools we are working with, you will only have one University interview.

That one successful interview will result in an offer of a place on the PGCE programme if that was one of your choices, and will lead to your application being instantly sent to all of your School Direct choices (should they have places remaining). This should increase your opportunities of quickly securing a place.



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