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Music is a vital and dynamic aspect of a school curriculum and is an important human practice throughout the world. The PGCE Secondary (Music) course prepares students to teach this challenging and fulfilling subject in a way which reflects the essence of music itself, i.e. a unique practical and creative discipline in which we can understand and express our ideas.

The course allows student teachers to develop their musicianship in the context of the classroom and thus empower young people to use music as part of their lives.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If you achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

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The aims of the course are:

• to challenge assumptions about the nature of music and music education;

• to analyse the various theories and practices of music education through active learning;

• to place listening, composing and performing, in a wide range of styles and genres, at the centre of the student teacher’s learning experience;

• to experience working alongside teachers in music departments;

• to give access to the latest teaching and learning resources;

• to develop the student teacher as a reflective and enthusiastic practitioner;

• to develop skills which complement the student teacher’s existing expertise;

• to help student teachers develop a well principled philosophy of music education which they are able to use in the profession as the basis of their practice.

The course is organised in partnership with schools in Kent and beyond. We use the expertise of teachers in partnership schools and tutors in university sessions to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required for teaching music to young people, across the full secondary age and ability range.


The course is for people who want to become qualified teachers.


All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However, all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice.

PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

• Professional Studies

Professional Studies sessions aim to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.

• Curriculum Studies

This module involves work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to the subject.

• Enhanced Studies

The module enables you to choose an area of personal interest to you to study this in more depth through a research project based in a school.


Across the PGCE year there is an equivalent of 12 weeks of taught input which take place at university on the Canterbury Campus. The teaching on these days will be a mixture of seminar and workshop activity. There will also be a small number of lecture inputs.

Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school. Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this course provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this course are all qualified teachers.


You will be assessed in two main ways­ via academic assignments and assessment of your teaching.

You will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the programme students can teach in schools as qualified teachers.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link:

Fees and Funding

See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.


Visit the PGCE Music (Secondary) page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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