Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Modern Languages: German and French

At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd also known as a PGDE) rather than a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits towards a masters (out of 180 credits), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice. Once student teachers have completed their PGDipEd they may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete their Master’s in Teaching Studies.

Our PGDipEd (QTS) in Modern Languages (main subject: German/French) is held in very high esteem by all those who work with us: the partnership schools, the Modern Language (ML) teachers, Ofsted and our students who year after year say that they find the challenge exciting and our support outstanding. We aim to help you develop into a well informed, critical teacher so that your own teaching personality can blossom. Our success and employment rates are considerably higher than the national average for ML teacher training courses in England. If you are serious about a career in Modern Language teaching then the University of Birmingham is the place to train.

The 2013 Ofsted report

“Such is the confidence of schools that trainees from the University of Birmingham are of high quality, employment rates for both primary and secondary phases exceed national averages by some margin”

For further information on this course, please visit our PGDipEd (QTS) in Modern Languages webpage.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019-2020 are: £9,250 (UK/EU full-time), £16,995 (overseas full-time).

When you apply for this course, it is important that you also take into account living costs and should ensure that you will have sufficient funds to finance the full duration of your studies. Our PGDipEd programmes include a significant amount of time spent on placements in a variety of schools at different locations, and so when budgeting to study you should also allow for travel to and from placements, as well as textbooks, printing, photocopying and stationery that you may need.

More information about the tuition fee and maintenance loans is available here: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/postgraduate-loans.

Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships
Home/EU students will be eligible to apply for statutory support from their relevant funding agency. Government training bursaries may be available depending on your subject and degree classification. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

For further information contact the School directly or visit the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 

Entry requirements

All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd(QTS) Modern Languages course must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification. This will normally a minimum 2:2 classification and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded. You must hold a degree with at least 50% French, German or Spanish OR be a native speaker of French, German or Spanish with another degree subject. You must also be able to offer a second foreign language (at a lower level than their main language is acceptable) as being able to offer two mainstream languages greatly increases employability. 

All candidates also have to:

  • have a GCSE in Maths and English (grade 4 or above) or an equivalent qualification. 
  • have passed the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy by the date stated in any offer; please see the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers. The University of Birmingham has produced a resource list which you may find helpful.
  • complete an enhanced Disability and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
  • agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise. 

How to apply

Apply online through the UCAS Teacher Training Portal. The course is often full by Spring, we therefore, recommend you apply as early as possible.

For further information on this course, please visit our PGDipEd (QTS) in Modern Languages webpage.

For further information on this course, please visit our PGDipEd (QTS) in Modern Languages webpage.