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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Music

Course Description

Make a huge impact on the lives of budding musicians as a music teacher! You'll help change the way young people view themselves and give them the confidence to take their interest in music to new levels. Whether you're a practicing musician or an aficionado of music, you'll love the chance to share your passion and inspire a new generation of performers.

Developing and making use of your music skills, you will explore teaching methods in all areas across Key Stages 3 and 4, which span ages 11 to 18. We will share good practice and professional values with you, and teach you how to nurture diverse musical talents and abilities. By fostering an appreciation of music in young people, you'll help create the performers and composers of tomorrow, so get started and enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career as a secondary school music teacher.

Course outline

You'll begin by understanding the needs of individual learners, learning to notice, understand and implement key teaching strategies. Working with individual groups of pupils in school, you'll gradually building up to the teaching of whole classes in the second phase. This will involve fostering the appropriate levels of learning in pupils, corresponding to the requirements of the Teachers' Standard.

Your professional development will include sessions in school and university, including music projects and performance with instrumental and vocal ensembles, as well as traditional teaching methods. We want to help you feel, see and hear new concepts and ideas, using your experiences to deconstruct classroom learning and rebuild it into a more effective teaching style. A personal tutor will be assigned by the university to regularly meet and discuss your progress, and your subject mentor will support your development at your placement.

Graduate destinations

Your QTS qualifies you to apply for a position as a secondary school music teacher directly after graduation. Credits for the masters level modules count towards a masters level qualification, should you choose to train further.

Even if you decide not to go into teaching, you'll still have skills highly valued by employers. The successful completion of a professional degree requires dedication, commitment, good interpersonal and organisational skills and the ability to maintain a positive attitude, all of which are qualities highly sought after in the employment market.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

Practical skills in vocal and/or instrumental music are essential. You also need basic ability as a keyboard player since you will be expected to teach and accompany using this instrument by the time you complete the course.

GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Preference will be given to those who hold these qualifications at the point of application and all successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016.

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement. Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level. We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Music page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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