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


Course Description

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. You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, which immerses you in the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.

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.

If you have a degree in or featuring Music and want to develop the musical abilities and appreciation of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, this is the programme for you.

What will I study?

You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:

- Knowledge of essential educational theory
- Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including composition, performance and appraising
- Strategies to introduce trainees to a range of live and recorded music from different times and cultures, including from the British Isles, Western classical, folk, jazz and popular genres
- Understanding of the curriculum and current teaching practice.
- Ability to plan lessons effectively
- Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT hardware and software used in schools
- Deeper subject knowledge.
- Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

How will I study?

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 aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.

You will 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. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Key assignments include:

- Demonstrating practical skills (e.g. conducting, accompanying and leadership of an ensemble);
- Creation of a teacher support pack for one area of subject knowledge;
- Planning, teaching and assessing a unit of work (including a series of lesson plans);
- Producing a report on monitoring how pupils develop their musical ability and critically evaluating school and departmental practice;
Research project.
- Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

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.

What are my career prospects?

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 or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification); GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent); Satisfactory levels of ICT competence; A demonstrable interest in teaching the curriculum area. You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry. If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

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