Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Secondary Education (Music)

We believe music has an important part to play in education. We are committed to producing inspirational teachers who can develop the subject and inspire their pupils. The PGCE in Secondary Education: Music course at Birmingham City University explores the knowledge, skills and understanding that music as an art form offers young people in the context of secondary education. It seeks to develop confident, dynamic and creative teachers who are committed to making music accessible for all; have an understanding of how pupils learn and can plan musical encounters which will ensure progression and development in music as a practical area of activity, and are creative in their approach to practical music making with pupils.

Entry requirements

A good degree (minimum 2.2 but 2.1 or 1st preferred) from a UK Higher Education institution or equivalent. Candidates should have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if they are offered an interview they will take a written test to assess their standard of English. Applicants who do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, should visit Equivalency Testing. It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to making an application. For entry onto a teaching course from September 2014 candidates are also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information. Pre-Interview School Experience: For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that candidates will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process applicants are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher. It will support their application to undertake this teaching episode prior to application and in advance of their interview. Please read the guidance document before downloading the Pre-Interview School Experience Report which candidates will need the qualified teacher observing them to complete. Selection Interview:As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect candidates to demonstrate their expertise in music and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching. Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Course modules

The individual learner; rationale for subject teaching; assessment at key stage 3; subject pedagogy; research.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Professional Development Profile is verified by mentors.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City North Campus Birmingham B42 2SU West Midlands

Key information

Course Enquiries Team
Telephone number: 
0121 331 5595