Masters | Postgraduate Course - Secondary Music PGCE Course Details within Birmingham City University

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Secondary Music PGCE

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PGCE 1 year full time

Do you believe that music has a key role to play in every young person’s education? Are you determined to bring the subject alive for pupils? If so, our PGCE Secondary Music course will provide you with access to becoming an inspiring teacher.

What's covered in the course?

If you’re passionate about young people and want to introduce them to the exciting world of music and music making in all its forms then we’re excited to train you to ensure you excel as a teacher.

You’ll explore the skills and knowledge that music as an art form offers at secondary education level; and to train to become a confident, dynamic and creative teacher with the ability to make music accessible to all. You’ll discover how pupils learn and explore ways in which you can plan musical activities that will ensure they progress and develop their musicality.

Exploring an inclusive and rich approach towards music, you’ll prioritise active music making to promote musical thinking and learn how to inspire and enthuse your pupils by taking them on an exciting and stimulating musical journey. Techniques used include links many different forms of music and music making.  These can be used to help pupils to become more self-confident, informed and culturally aware.

Why Choose Us?

  • At least 120 days across a minimum of two placements, in line with the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) requirements, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University.
  • If you have a minimum of a 2:2 in your undergraduate degree, a Master’s or a PhD you may be eligible for a bursary from the (NCTL). For 2018 entry this bursary is £9,000 if you have a First or PhD and £4,000 if you have a 2:1 or Master’s.
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 98 per cent of the School’s postgraduate students in employment or further study six months after completing this course (latest DLHE survey 2014/15).
  • You'll gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.

Module details

  • Professional Studies  
  • Subject Pedagogy 
  • Professional Enquiry 

Entry Requirements

  • You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2) in a relevant subject from a UK higher education institution or equivalent.
  • You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English. 
  • If you do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, you should visit Equivalency Testing.
  • It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to enrolment.
  • For entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. You will not be able to enrol onto your course until you have passed these tests. 

Student Destinations

Employment prospects are excellent for our music teachers, with consistently high employability rates.

In the latest Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Survey (2011-13 aggregated data) 95 per cent of our trained newly qualified secondary teachers rated the quality of their training as “good” or “very good”.

Our trained music teachers have taken up teaching posts throughout the Midlands and nationally.