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Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time


If you're keen to further your study of teaching French as a foreign language, while also qualifying as a teacher, this is the perfect course for your aspirations. When you complete it successfully, you'll gain a Master's degree at the same time as your teaching qualification.

You'll study at one of our partner universities in France (Lille, Paris Nanterre or Caen). You'll hone your French language knowledge and skill amongst French speakers, and immerse yourself in French culture.

You'll learn about teaching French and other languages as a foreign language, as well as issues around teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and how school relates to society.

When you complete the course, you'll be issued with 2 qualifications – the Master (French as a Foreign Language) is issued by the French University and the PGCE Modern Foreign Languages is issued by us.

You'll be eligible for a significant scholarship or bursary of £28,000 or £26,000 (depending on the classification of your undergraduate degree) to train to become a teacher in England.

For further information, contact: Tanya Riordan PFCE MFL Course Leader,

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Have the option to continue studying French at a French University, developing the theory of teaching French as a foreign language
  • Graduate with 2 qualifications, the Master (FLE) issued by the French University and the PGCE Modern Foreign Languages issued by the University of Portsmouth
  • Improve your teaching skills through a combination of practical activities and the study of theories and contemporary issues within education
  • Join fellow professionals from a range of subject backgrounds for lectures and seminars, creating a peer network where teaching practice can be shared
  • Reflect on your own professional practice and design a curriculum in a specialist subject area
  • Gain work experience in teaching placements
  • Benefit from our strong links with local schools and colleges, which will help you to find work when you graduate
  • Use our extensive library facilities, including books, DVDs, and 24/7 access to electronic resources such as ejournals and newspapers

You'll attend lectures and seminars at each university, and train in 2 school placements, supported by school mentors.

Full-time students will attend lectures and seminars at the university, and spend time at a work placement each week.

Part-time students will attend one of our partner colleges once each week and secure your own teaching placement, where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and be supported by a subject mentor.

Work experience and career planning

In the first year of this course, both Universities will help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and prepare you for the PGCE in England.

During the PGCE, we'll provide you with plenty of advice and practice to deliver a good application and interview.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

In addition to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the Master's qualification, you'll also be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. When you graduate, you will be qualified to work in schools and colleges in the UK.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Formal qualifications, experiential learning and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are also considered.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent.
  • In addition part time students are required to have secured their own teaching placement where you will teach at least 50 hours per year and have an identified subject mentor. Full time students will be provided with a teaching placement by the university.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start) 

Year 1 (French university)


Year 2 (Portsmouth)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250
  • International students – £14,300

All fees subject to annual increase.

Students at franchise colleges: Please contact Department of Student and Academic Administration on +44 (0)23 9284 5259.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You may need to contribute additional travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of the internship or placement, and can range from £50 - £1000.

What you'll study on this PGCE Masters Of French Language Double Diploma degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.


Core modules on this course in France include:

  • Didactics, Semantics, Syntax and Linguistics of the French Language
  • How to apply the above to teaching practice
  • Theories and principles for planning and enabling learning in French language studies

Core modules on this course in England include:

  • Classroom practice
  • The development of the professional teacher
  • Reflective practice
  • Assessment and differentiation

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • work-based learning
  • supervised teaching practice
  • lectures
  • group participation
  • guided reading

How you'll spend your time

The course in France lasts from September to June and you'll spend your time attending lectures, seminars and workshops.

Our PGCE course lasts 36 weeks, between September and June. You'll spend a third of your time in University-based sessions, and the rest of your time on the course working in at least 2 of our partner schools.

How you're assessed​

In France you'll be assessed through essays and examinations.

In England, you'll complete assignments on the PGCE course designed to ensure that you meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach, as well as completing the Master's course.

In each term you'll be assessed through:

  • The development of your teaching skills
  • A formal assignment
  • An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge

Throughout the course,you'll also collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, teaching observations, tasks and assignments.


For further information, contact: Tanya Riordan PFCE MFL Course Leader,

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 

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