Swansea University
Modern Language - French, Spanish (Secondary PGCE) PGCE
Swansea University

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in CAH19

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of CAH19 at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £21500 £25500
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £26000 £17000 - £25000 £19500 - £29500

Salary of all UK Graduates of CAH19

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £32600 £18167 £22182
25-75 percentile range £29467 - £33333 £14369 - £21274 £16909 - £25591

Course Description

Swansea University Schools Partnership's integrated and rigorous PGCE programme will challenge you academically and professionally. The PGCE Modern Foreign Languages – French/Spanish programme aims to develop critical understanding of the nature of languages and their position in the school curriculum. You will be encouraged to research and test your own approaches to French/Spanish pedagogy to find those techniques that work best for you and for the pupils you teach. Swansea University Schools Partnership is committed to developing research-informed reflective practitioners who can demonstrate creativity and flexibility in their teaching so that learners develop their language competence in an environment that cultivates enjoyment of the subject.

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Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Modern Language - French, Spanish (Secondary PGCE) PGCE at Swansea University

20% Elementary occupations
12% Administrative occupations
9% Business and public service associate professionals
9% Secretarial and related occupations
6% Skilled trades occupations
6% Sales occupations
6% Customer service occupations
4% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
4% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
4% Secretarial and related occupations

Grading & Study Time

**EDPM30 Research-informed reflective practice** Assessment for EDPM30 will allow student teachers to demonstrate that they have developed the high level critical thinking skills that will enable them to integrate academic and experiential learning. ****Assessment 1:** Critical reflection on lesson plans ** Student teachers will submit 4 subject specific lesson plans with a particular focus on a school-wide issue (e.g behaviour management in a lesson), together with a 750-word critical reflection on the effectiveness of the learning activities delivered. Each critical reflection should demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of how the literature informs planning for specific outcomes in their subject and how the chosen lesson applies theory to practice. Student teachers will outline (i) the research literature that justified their choice of learning activities and (ii) how the lesson plan takes account of statutory Frameworks, (iii) other factors that contributed to enhancing the learning experience for pupils (e.g. seating plans, support from other adults). ****Assessment 2:** Close-to-practice research project report ** In assessment 2, student teachers will be required to identify a research question linked to one of the school-wide issue studied. Student teachers will develop a proposal for, and carry out, a small scale, close-to-practice research project designed to improve pupil engagement. The findings will be presented as a written report incorporating a literature review, methodology, analysis of data and discussion of findings. The report will critically reflect on interventions and strategies that were implemented in the project. The final close-to-practice report will be a 6000-word submission. ****Assessment 3:** Critical reflection on classroom management ** Student teachers will identify an area of classroom management they wish to improve or refine. They will video themselves whilst teaching over a period of lessons in order to observe their own teaching practice and to monitor progression with specific regard to the area of classroom management identified. Student teachers will research classroom management techniques and apply them in the classroom environment. The video recording will be supported by a critical reflection of the strategies they employed. The final report will be a 3000-word submission. **EDP300 Professional Practice** The assessment for EDP300 will allow student teachers to demonstrate that they have achieved the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership and can be recommended for the award of QTS conferred by the Education Workforce Council. Student teachers will be required to provide evidence against each of the 32 QTS level descriptors set out in the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership. During their teaching practice, student teachers will be presented with a range of experiences in different educational settings which are designed to ensure that they have more than one opportunity to gather evidence against each of the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership in Wales. Student teachers will use the EWC Professional Learning Passport (PLP) to record evidence of achieving the Professional Standards. They will be able to upload evidence through the medium of English or Welsh in a variety of formats including sound files and video (with appropriate permissions) in addition to more traditional written submissions (e.g. lesson plans, schemes of work, teaching and learning resources, reflective diaries, research reports). Students will also be required to write 5 short reflective essays (of 400 words each) which link to the 5 Professional Standard section headings, namely: Pedagogy, Collaboration, Professional learning, Innovation and Leadership, and a longer reflective essay of 1000 words which discusses the relationship of the 5 strands to the values and dispositions identified in the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Welsh Studies

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

The Welsh Government offer the following incentives to eligible students: *Welsh Government Teacher Training Incentives are available to eligible students who are studying PGCE Modern Language - Frecnh, Spanish. The incentive amount is based on your degree classification and/or Masters, PhD. *The Welsh Government Iaith Athrawon Yfory Incentive Scheme is available to eligible students studying through the medium of Welsh. *For more information on both schemes, please visit: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/student-loans-and-grants/post-graduate-certificate-in-education-pgce/

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Modern Language - French, Spanish (Secondary PGCE), PGCE, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Applicants for the Secondary PGCE are required to have achieved the following prior to admission to the programme: **• An honours degree at a minimum of 2:**2 in a relevant subject, or a related subject with at least 50% relevant subject content; - Grade B GCSE in English Language or Literature/Welsh (students applying for the Welsh medium programme will be required to have a GCSE in Welsh); **• Grade B GCSE in Maths ** The GCSE Grade B in English Language or Literature/Welsh and Mathematics are a requirement set by the Welsh Government. However, we welcome applications from those with a GCSE Grade C in English Language or Literature/Welsh and/or Mathematics. Applicants with a grade C in GCSE English Language or Literature/Welsh or Mathematics who meet all other entry criteria may be accepted if they complete successfully an equivalency test. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are unable to follow our planned timetable of equivalency testing. Therefore, applicants will be expected to sit their equivalency test(s) during the PGCE academic year where they will be given up to 3 attempts. Should the situation change, we will restart our programme of tutorials and tests before the beginning of the academic year. Please note that applicants must pass their equivalency test(s) in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). All interviews will be held virtually (using Microsoft Teams) with a PGCE subject specialist through the medium of English or Welsh as desired. The format will consist of a short interview and professional discussion. All PGCE students will complete a Digital Competence audit on enrolment and have digital competence training embedded into their PGCE programme of study. All applicants must meet the requirements of the Education Health Standards (Wales) confirming their health and physical capacity to teach. All applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check. Applicants must not have been excluded from teaching or working with children nor be registered with the DBS as unfit for working with children or young persons.


Tuition Fees Modern Language - French, Spanish (Secondary PGCE) PGCE

England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
EU £17500 year 1
International £17500 year 1

Additional fee information

For the latest fee information, please check the individual course page on our website. Our full range of programmes are listed here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/

Further information on tuition fees can be found here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of Swansea University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Swansea University in related subject specific rankings.


    • #14 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #37 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #126 
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #299 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #401 
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

See all 27 university rankings of Swansea University

About Swansea University

Swansea University was established in 1920 and is located in the large city of Swansea, in Wales. There are two campuses, the flagship campus is located between Singleton Park, with its green parkland and botanical gardens, and Swansea Bay beach. The more recent Bay Campus on the other hand is located on an extensive beachfront property on the eastern side of town, past the marina. Apart from a vibrant academic life, students can attend the numerous yearly festivals that take place in Swansea, guaranteeing plenty of opportunities for getting out and about in your free time.

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Singleton Park Campus
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