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PGCE Secondary - Modern Foreign Languages

​​The following information has been put together to highlight the main features of the PGCE Secondary: MFL programme and to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have from students looking to apply.

For more detailed information about the PGCE Secondary: MFL programme at Cardiff Met, please refer to the UCAS Teacher Training website.​

​Main features of the programme:

  • You teach your main language(s) from 11-18 and can undertake a second at Key Stage 3/4.

  • We offer a practical course, building upon theoretical knowledge and critical reflection, which demands commitment, humour and dedication.

  • Seminars, workshops, lectures are the main method of instruction.

  • University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching MFL effectively.

  • We provide regular mentor meetings which allow you to ask questions and discuss topics/issues further.

  • You will receive feedback on your progress and lesson observations at regular points during the course.

Why study PGCE Secondary: Modern Foreign Languages at Cardiff Met?

  • We are situated on an attractive campus at Cyncoed with high quality resources for Education students.

  • Option to submit assignments, undertake teaching placements and IPD groups through the medium of Welsh.

  • Language reactivation and enhancement sessions. Student teachers are encouraged to develop their second (or third) language and will have opportunity to teach these where appropriate and possible.

  • Induction course for International students (We have good links with the Can Teach scheme and regularly have Canadian students and International students in the cohort, which allows for interesting comparison of methodology and teaching).

  • Financial incentives to train (training grants are available) and also to train through the medium of Welsh (training grant and Gloywi Iaith sessions).

  • We have placement schools throughout South Wales, so you do not have to move to the Cardiff area to study/ undertake your school placement.

  • Excellent and well-established partnerships with English and Welsh medium placement schools. 

  • Focused sessions from visiting speakers/mentors and Centres of Excellence in MFL.

  • Links with Alliance Française, Cardiff, Goethe Institut and Consejería de Educación.

  • Excellent employment rates (One of the best in Wales) and opportunities to gain teaching and extra-curricular experience.

  • Sharing of good practice and resources.

  • Course tutor speaks French, Spanish, German and Welsh – and English, of course!


  • Dedicated Primary MFL training and  teaching opportunities – work in Primary and Secondary transition in schools.
  • Monday sessions in University allow students to "regroup" and take time out from school regularly to discuss progress, challenges and successes in a supportive environment – you are not thrown in at the deep end and forced to sink or swim!

​For further information about the programme and any specific enquiries relating to entry requirements, assessments and interview process, please refer to the main PGCE Secondary course​ overview and the UCAS Teacher Training website. Alternatively please​ contact:

Craig Ellis Howard
PGCE MFL Programme Leader​
029 2041 6552