Postgraduate Factfile: French Extension Course Subject Knowledge Enhancement

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Course at a glance

Mode of study: Full Time (15 weeks)
Start date: May

  • 86% of students rated LJMU’s teacher training as good or very good
  • LJMU has over 100 years' experience of delivering teacher education programmes
  • All students complete a two week educational visit to Paris
  • Pre-initial teacher training course and graduates will be able to teach French at Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)
  • Ideal preparation for a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) training course
  • Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation

Course overview

The French Extension Course is a 3 month intensive course for beginners or near-beginners in French. If you are a graduate with a language other than French, this pre-initial teacher training course will help you achieve sufficient competence in French, enabling you to teach accurately and confidently at secondary level to at least key stage 3 (ages 11-14).

The course is designed to prepare you to commence a secondary Modern Foreign Language (MFL) training course whether on a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) course or on a Schools Direct (SD). You must have a confirmed place on a PGCE course or SD by the time you start the French Extension Course.

The course is delivered in LJMU’s I M Marsh Campus by a team of experienced language staff, both native and non-native speakers, who will be able to share with you their experience of  teaching language in schools, colleges and university. For two weeks in July, the course is based in Paris where you will attend a (compulsory) tailor-made French language and culture course at the Alliance Française complementing your French language and culture studies at LJMU.

Assessment tasks will be set on a regular basis throughout the course. In addition, you will be expected to deliver a presentation on a topic of your choice upon your return from Paris. In the last week of the course, you will be assessed with an exam (AS level paper) in all four skills.

How will I be assessed?

There will be assessment tasks on a regular basis throughout the course. In addition, you will be expected to deliver a presentation on a topic of your choice upon your return from Paris.

In the last week of the course, you will be assessed with an exam (AS level paper) in all four skills.

What do past and present students say about the course?

 “The course was excellent and the materials used proved useful.”

“The teaching was good and the classes for complete beginners were excellently organised and really helpful.”

“Overall, excellent. I feel I have learnt a lot. I should have done this a long time ago. Also, to go from complete beginner to the equivalent of AS level in 13 weeks shows that the course does provide excellent teaching.”

Introduction to the School

The School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning has a well established reputation for delivering innovative approaches to initial teacher education. Our academic team have all been successful teachers and maintain strong links with schools and professional bodies, ensuring that you receive the most up-to-date training and key insights into the field during your course.
Staff have a wide range of expertise in varying subject areas and regularly contribute to development of national education policy, in areas such as the delivery of primary PE skills, providing dyslexia support training for Teaching Assistants in schools and widening participation of young people in studying physical sciences.

Collaborative research projects include working with health professionals in primary schools to develop activities aimed at helping young children to understand the variety of emergency and urgent care services available to them. Internationally, we are supporting a collaboration of English and Polish primary schools who are working together to increase parental engagement in early years education.

Employment and careers

Becoming a modern languages teacher offers you the opportunity to inspire young people’s minds with new ideas and insights into different cultures. This challenging career path is not just about teaching vocabulary and pronunciation; it requires the commitment to developing real cultural awareness. This extension course is the ideal preparation for a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) training course and will help get your teaching career off to great start.

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International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University from September 2014 onwards.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni
Name of scholarship Level of study Value of scholarship Number available Additional eligibility criteria
John Moores International Undergraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught and research degrees (MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil / PhD) A full tuition fee waiver worth up to £12,000 8 You must:
  • have an English IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component) or recognised equivalent
  • be a self-funded student
  • have a valid offer to study a masters programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form
Developing Global Citizens Postgraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught degrees (MSc, MA, MRes) A one-off £4,000 fee waiver 20 You must
  • be a self-funded student from Africa, the ASEAN countries, the People’s Republic of China or Commonwealth country
  • have a valid offer to study a masters degree or research programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary is worth £700 and takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

English language requirements

Entry requirements

Who is eligible to apply for the French Extension Course?
Graduates in the categories outlined below:

  • English speaking graduates in combined degrees e.g. German and Business Studies.
  • English speaking graduates in German, Spanish, Italian, etc.
  • Graduates who are speakers of languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Chinese and Japanese and who have a good command of English.
  • Graduates who are native speakers of other languages and who have learned a second language – including English, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese – to an advanced level.

NB: In each of these cases, the level of French of the applicant must be from beginner or post-beginner level up to GCSE. A level students of French will not normally be considered.

What happens if I am a complete beginner in French?
Provided you fit into one of the categories indicated above, you can apply for the French Extension Course on the understanding that you will be required to follow a two-week intensive French beginner course of 4 hours per day, from 1st May to 15th May 2013  prior to the start of the French Extension Course.

You will also be required to attend an additional hour of French classes daily for the first 4 weeks of the French Extension Course.

I am not a complete beginner. Can I just do the main course?
If you are not a complete beginner, you will still be required to complete a refresher study pack prior to joining the main course on 17th May.

Application and Selection

How do I apply for the French Extension Course?
The course is designed to qualify you to enter a secondary Modern Foreign Languages Initial Teacher Training (MFL ITT) course in the North West during or after September 2013.

To participate in the French Extension course you must have a conditional offer of a place on your chosen route to QTS. You can do this in two ways:

  • Apply to a North West ITT course through the GTTR (or to your SD programme provider if applicable). You should indicate your willingness to attend the French Extension course, if required, on your application form. You are also recommended to inform the course provider (LJMU)directly. If your application for the French Extension Course is considered suitable, the ITT provider will refer you to LJMU.
  • Apply through GTTR or SD programme provider.

Fees information

Tuition fees for this programme are paid for by the Teaching Agency and you will receive a bursary of £160* per week (UK/EU eligibility criteria applies). *(subject to TA funding)

Additionally, a 2 week bursary will also be paid for satisfactory completion of the ab-initio course or pre-study work prior to the start of the main course.

To help with your stay abroad, the cost of your flight, accommodation and tuition fees in Paris will be covered.

Financial support

How to apply

Further information

Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Community on:
tel: 0151 231 5340
web: Faculty web site

If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:

Course Enquiries
tel: +44(0)151 231 5090

Via this application form

LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.

International students

LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this leaflet.

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