Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Music, 11-16)

The course is designed primarily for graduates who wish to work as music teachers in a secondary school but could also be valuable for visiting instrumental teachers, teaching music in a community arts context or working as an education officer within professional arts organisations; local schools offer excellent support through mentors and professional tutors, local music services and musicians; it is expected that students have a high level of commitment and be willing to take responsibility for their own professional development and needs identification; students 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 1st university phase together with music technology and world music sessions; exploring and developing subject knowledge is an important thread throughout the course 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 course; during the 2nd university phase students are encouraged to be involved in additional musical opportunities.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have spent a minimum of 2 weeks in a mainstream secondary state school in England before applying; 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English and mathematics; a degree in music (including music technology, performance etc.) with music as a major element; some keyboard skills would also be desirable; in addition applicants are expected to have enthusiasm for music and for working with children.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective; assessment takes account of both programme experience and the school or setting phase and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks; we support students in developing a rigorous evidence-based account of their educational journey.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Student Services
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01225 875875