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Secondary Musicians in Education, PGCE

Course Description

This innovative programme seeks to develop flexible and creative musicians who can make a real impact in schools and other educational settings. It attracts graduate musicians from diverse musical backgrounds and turns them into confident classroom practitioners and music leaders.

The collaboration between the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance combines a long tradition of teacher education at the university with the expertise of one of the country's leading conservatoires.

There have been various attempts in recent years to make more coherent provision for young people's music education and the key to success is effective collaboration between different partners as well as teachers/leaders who understand young people's own interests, passions and motivations. The PGCE programme aims to develop the student teacher's subject knowledge, musicianship and teaching skills as a preparation for teaching music in a wide variety of educational contexts.

The programme comprises two elements: subject and professional training (60 days at the Avery Hill Campus or Trinity Laban in Greenwich) and school-based experience (120 days). The latter is spent mainly in two contrasting secondary schools although a small number of days during term 2 are spent working in alternative music education contexts.

Both the postgraduate and professional certificate enable students to gain an academic qualification (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop breadth and depth in subject knowledge and musicianship

- To promote an openness to the values of all musics

- To develop a critical attitude to different pedagogies and the statutory curriculum.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/seced/music

Education - Secondary

Our secondary education programme is for students who want to train to teach young people in secondary schools. The programme is a mixture of learning at the university together with periods of practical teaching experience in our partner schools and colleges.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Professional e-Portfolio (Level 6) (15 credits)
Professional Studies and School-Based Research (Level 6) (45 credits)
School Experience A (15 credits)
School Experience B (15) (15 credits)
Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 (30 credits)
Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 2 (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.


Written assignments and observation of teaching in relation to the Teachers' Standards. The postgraduate certificate offers an opportunity for Masters level credits to be gained through submission of appropriate assignments.

Professional recognition

Qualified Teacher Status.

Career options

The majority of our graduates become secondary music teachers, although there are opportunities to work as an instrumental/vocal teacher or as a workshop leader.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/644414/Prof-GCE-and-Prof-Cert-in-Lifelong-Learning.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the Secondary Musicians in Education, PGCE page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Gina Watson

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying secondary music at the University of Greenwich. I thought the music programme was incredibly well organised and the relationship between university tutors and students were excellent. I always felt able to talk about things honestly and knew any issue would be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

I am now leading music across a primary and secondary special needs school. It is a job I absolutely love and a position I would not even have considered had it not been for the alternative placement arranged by University of Greenwich in collaboration with Trinity College of Music – a unique feature of this particular PGCE programme."


Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in music, or a 2.1 degree where music is a significant component PLUS GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

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