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PGCE Secondary Music (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Course Description

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

This programme will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Music. The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further deepen your own subject knowledge.

This popular and highly regarded programme incorporates exciting and innovative 'active learning' and fieldwork opportunities as well as extensive educational theory and hands-on practical experience. It was rated grade A by OfSTED inspectors, the highest grade that can be awarded. The University base is in recently-built, specialist facilities.


If you have a degree in or featuring Music, want to develop the musical abilities and appreciation of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, and wish to learn the latest professional methods to make you a confident and capable teacher, this programme is for you.


Professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence, having experienced the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.


A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.

The programme includes 'active' learning opportunities, including group work and discussion, presentations and fieldwork.


You'll spend 26 weeks on placement in schools and colleges and other settings, putting your training into practice through assisting with and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.


Knowledgeable, friendly, supportive tutors and outside speakers from a range of backgrounds (eg Arts colleges, Music services), delivering lectures, seminars and practical performance workshops on campus. Professor Martin Ashley, Head of Research in the Faculty of Education, also provides specialist input together with Ian Shirley, Senior Lecturer in Primary Music Education.


A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Music.


Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS status and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Music.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Music (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCE you should have: A first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification; A degree classification at 2:2 or above; GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification); Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence; A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be successfully completed prior to entry. Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure required.

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