Modern Languages

Course Overview

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Modern Foreign Languages are truly exciting subjects to teach in today‚Äôs multicultural world. They are as much about culture and understanding as they are about grammar and pronunciation, because of their potential to open up young eyes and minds to the wider world.  

An MFL teacher needs a strong classroom presence, a talent for creativity and an ability to instill confidence in students who may be reluctant to express themselves in a language which is not their own.  

Our course is particularly well suited to helping trainee teachers make a real connection with students because of the focus on comprehension, written and verbal communication. We build on the excitement generated through their early introduction to French at primary school.  

We offer trainees the opportunity to develop their classroom management skills, lesson construction, planning (short, medium and long term) and professional versatility. The latter is reflected in the fact that we teach 3 different languages across the full range of ages and abilities. Trainees will have the chance to gain experience across these ranges and will be fully supported throughout.  

Trainees will normally specialise in one modern foreign language across the 11-16 range, but the ability to deliver 2 languages is preferable. The preferences will be identified during the recruitment process and selected from the following options: 

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


It is inevitable that some aspects of the subject will require further development in skills and knowledge but that will be addressed as part of the training plan throughout the year.


Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto the course you will need:

  • a degree which is relevant to teaching Modern Languages.
  • advanced level qualifications in a Modern Language or equivalent experience.
  • GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • have passed the QTS skills in English and Maths by 1st September 2018.
  • the ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
  • a good state of physical and mental fitness
  • confirmation that you have not been excluded from teaching nor from working with children, nor have been registered with the Criminal Records Bureau as unfit for working with children or young persons.
  • The suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching this subject in secondary schools.

It is beneficial that you also have: 

  • experience of working with secondary-age children.
  • recent experience of your subject in a secondary school.
  • a competent level of ICT skills.

It is desirable to have passed the QTS skills tests prior to interview. However, if this is not the case there is an expectation the tests are completed as soon as possible after an offer has been made.

Course Details

The course structure for most students will consist of:

  • A main placement in a secondary school.
  • A shorter second placement in another partnership secondary school.
  • Gaining experience of teaching within the Primary sector.
  • Experiencing SEND teaching at Brackenfield School.

Throughout the year students will:

  • Have full access to The University of Nottingham services.
  • Enjoy full student entitlement of The University of Nottingham, including use of the library, on-line support and SU membership.


We are pleased to offer the following places for 2018/19:

  • Provider-led and School-direct places in Modern Languages. 

For provider-led places apply on UCAS to EMTTP.

For school-direct places apply to our lead school (The West Bridgford School) via the UCAS teacher training application website. 

If you are successful in gaining a place via either of these pathways you will undertake your main placement through one of these partner schools:

Ashfield School

West Bridgford School