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Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Music (PGCE)

Course Description

Music has an important role to play in secondary school education and can contribute to the development of all pupils, regardless of their previous experience or abilities.

Knowing how to practically apply your musical knowledge and understanding to a classroom environment will be a key element of your training. We will broaden your understanding of how pupils of differing abilities learn, enabling you to plan musical activities, both theoretical and practical, that will inspire all your students and will engage them in all aspects of music and learning.

We will develop you as a music teacher, giving you the skills and confidence to find innovative ways to translate your knowledge into a language pupils can understand. A key element of your training will be the hands-on experience you will acquire in the classroom, giving you the opportunity to grow your sureness, teaching ability and knowledge while trialling different music teaching methods so you can develop your own style.

This course is offered as School Direct only.

From the beginning of your course, you will be based in your provider school or within your partnership of schools. The majority of taught seminars will be organised and based in your provider school or alliance. Throughout your course, you will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages (http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/teach).

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_music

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Completing this course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by the Department for Education, you will then be qualified as a secondary school teacher, with a specialism in music.

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll be supported by an experienced course team determined to see you flourish as an innovative music teacher. You will become part of a supportive teaching and learning community, where you will be able to pick up advice and tips from your course tutors and share ideas on lesson plans and classroom experiences with your fellow students.

Helping you to develop your confidence, identity and style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will form a fundamental element of your training.

To help with your preparations for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to develop your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire your teaching.

You will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools involved in the delivery of your course are located in and around Leeds to ensure your travelling is limited and you will have the maximum time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

We provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, giving you another valuable means of support as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding).

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys’ writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.


- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Music (PGCE) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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