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Secondary Music with Specialist Instrument Teaching with QTS - PGCE

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    Full time available

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    Creative Arts & Design


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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    09 October 2018

Course content


Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach music, using your skills and to deliver the music secondary school curriculum and specialist instrumental teaching.

We teach you through practical sessions, and you’ll consider topics such as pop music, dance, gamelan, song writing and developing your subject knowledge. As part of the specialist instrumental teaching, you’ll also study a range of models of music education including Dalcroze Eurythmics, Kodaly, etc. through working and learning with various experts (both nationally and internationally) in these fields.

You’ll explore immersive ways to teach music and how to encourage pupils to engage with musical experiences.

One of the unique aspects of this course is that you’ll develop a range of skills in the classroom and in an instrumental setting and you’ll be able to see how these overlap and inform each other. Instrumental settings can range from group sessions in a primary school, teaching advanced violin to student working towards college auditions or delivering a whole class Samba lesson weekly with year 7 classes.

We have a partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and we hold regular study and support sessions there, so you can explore specialist teaching with an expert in your field, in previous years our students have received specialist French Horn teaching sessions. At RNCM, you’ll usually have the opportunity to experience guest lectures and concerts.

To help you explore how trips can benefit your students, you’ll typically be encouraged to visit a variety of musical venues across Manchester. This includes theatre schools and music organisations with outreach programmes.

You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, specialist instrument practice and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.

You’ll also learn through peer-collaboration, sharing knowledge with your fellow music trainees.

You won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in instrumental settings and schools too. You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools – gradually becoming the class teacher.

This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.


Most of our graduates go on to work as music teachers in secondary schools.

Successful completion of this course provides 60 master’s level credits when you graduate. You could put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your career in the field of education. 


On the University-led and School-Direct PGCE routes, you’ll have lectures and seminars at Manchester Met and spend at least 120 days on placements in schools across Greater Manchester.

At University, you’ll mainly study with the trainees in your music group. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver lessons through interactive, hands-on workshops.

Although you’ll mostly learn with your group, you’ll attend Critical Skills lectures and workshops regularly in mixed groups with students from other subject areas.

These sessions help you to develop skills outside of your subject knowledge. Some of the topics you’ll explore include behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, and non-verbal communication (such as body language).

You’ll also develop your research skills during these lectures, analysing the latest educational research and theories. Understanding research means that if you have an issue in the classroom (such as challenging behaviour or inclusion) you can explore research and use it to guide your teaching.

At the beginning of this course, we normally go on a group trip to a music venue in Manchester city centre. You’ll explore facilities to help students develop their knowledge of music. 

During your first couple of weeks, we’ll help you to develop the organisational skills you’ll need as an music teacher (such as carrying out assessments and dealing with paperwork).

We’ll also give you a full overview of the year and the lesson planning activities you’ll be doing, to help you to stay organised throughout the course.

You’ll go on your first block placement in late September, where you’ll put the skills you’ve learnt at University into practice and build your confidence in the classroom.

You’ll be involved in all aspects of teaching, from marking work to delivering lessons to helping with parents’ evenings.

When you’re on placement, you’ll have a school mentor (often the class teacher) to help you with day-to-day matters, and receive regular visits from your personal tutor and visiting tutor.

When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Music, and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to work in the 11 - 16 age range with post 16 enhancement. 

You’ll also be awarded 60 master’s credits (a master’s degree is 180 credits), which you could put towards further study and career development.

Placements options

On this one-year course, you’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools.

We know that teaching a class can be daunting, so we’ll help to prepare you before you start your placements. You’ll have a gradual introduction to teaching, observing, getting to know your, pupils, classes and the teachers, before having the opportunity to teach classes on your own.

You’ll go to at least two contrasting mainstream secondary schools (such as a school in a rural setting or an inner city comprehensive) or colleges and a primary school. You may have the opportunity to experience a Special Educational Needs (SEN) setting, or a pupil referral unit (PRU) too.

On your placements, you might experience inner city or rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensive and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form, and further education colleges.

You’ll experience teaching in a school and you’ll have the opportunity to teach in other settings such as a local music service.

Visit the Secondary Music with Specialist Instrument Teaching with QTS - PGCE page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!




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