Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Music, 11-16)

Prepare yourself to become a successful member of a secondary school music department; you’ll learn to teach music to pupils aged 11-16 with post-16 enhancement. The programme will enable you to meet the Standards for Qualified Teachers. The programme is structured around two school phases and two university phases.

There is a strong emphasis on music technology and world music during the programme and local musicians and music educators are regularly invited to lead workshops and share lead practice.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

Entry requirements

Your enthusiasm for music and a desire to enthuse and motivate young people in quality musical experiences should be your main reasons for embarking on this programme.

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above in Music (including Music Technology, Performance etc.) with music as a major part of the degree. In addition a music A-level is also required, and some keyboard skills are desirable.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Course modules

You’ll explore quality issues central to teaching and learning, drawing on the latest research and practice in music education. Planning, assessment and developing resources feature in the first university phase, together with music technology and world music sessions. Exploring and developing subject knowledge is an important thread throughout the programme, as is the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge. A situated model of teacher education is explored through group teaching sessions in a local school right from the start of the programme.

During the second university phase you’re encouraged to be involved in additional musical opportunities such as delivering workshops in a primary school, shadowing visiting instrumental teachers, working with pupils from a special school or visiting Wells Cathedral School.

You’ll be taught by highly qualified and experienced staff both in University and in partner schools or other settings.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,500 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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