About this course
What is a PGCE?
The PGCE is the Postgraduate or Professional Certificate in Education, which you can take at any time after completing your first degree. It is a one-year full-time course after which you become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
The Postgraduate Certificate includes modules at Masters level which may count towards a further Masters award. We agree your award whilst you train with us.
Our PGCE programmes are designed to develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside your hands-on classroom experience.
Subject knowledge is only a part of teaching; finding creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand is the key. We prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop you own thinking, teaching and knowledge base to a level which can be trialled in your placement. All our secondary PGCE courses meet the requirements for the professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you need to teach in a school.
Music is an extremely rewarding subject to teach and is at the heart of the new secondary curriculum, contributing uniquely to pupils personal development.
You will develop your ability to teach music in a way that inspires and engages young people. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of theoretical perspectives.
You will learn how to teach the subject in terms of the best models of practice, through:
* engagement in workshops
* covering the secondary music curriculum
* progression in music - planning and developing musical activities
* music technology
* world music
* informal teaching approaches
* music leadership and music and special educational needs.
External examiners remarked that as a result of the teaching and mentoring by University and school staff, our students know their subject well and are confident practitioners; also that they bring the most recent aspects of developments in music education to their teaching.
Our course is designed to give you the confidence to become a music teacher in a secondary school teaching 11-16 age range pupils of all abilities. Although this course is designed to teach 11-16 pupils, there are opportunities to enhance the skills and knowledge required to teach pupils at 16-plus.
* A first degree of 2:2 or above in a related subject which is at least 50% content in music.
* A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in Mathematics and English (we may be able to offer you an equivalency test in Mathematics and English if you do not meet this requirement. Details available at interview.)
* The ability to speak, read and write well in English.
* Criminal Records Bureau, General Teaching Council and medical checks. There is a charge (currently £44 at April 2011 - subject to change) for the criminal records bureau clearance check. You don't need to do anything before you apply; we will let you know what you need to do during the application process.
* These are the usual entry requirements; however those with different or older qualifications should not be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds.
* Trainees with appropriate industrial and/or commercial experience are encouraged to apply.
*If you acquired a degree overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, along with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
If you are not sure if teaching is the career for you, we offer robust interviews which give a strong indication of those who will enjoy teaching. If you do not have experience in schools, you should make sure that you gain some experience.