Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Secondary Education (Music, 11-18)

The music course prepares students to teach this challenging and fulfilling subject in a way which reflects the essence of music itself i.e. a unique practical and creative discipline in which we can understand and express our ideas; the course allows student teachers to develop their graduate musicianship in the context of the classroom and thus empower young people to use music as part of their lives; the aims of the course are: to challenge assumptions about the nature of music and music education; to analyse the various theories and practices of music education through active learning; to place listening, composing and performing, in a wide range of styles and genres, at the centre of the student teacher's learning experience; to experience working alongside teachers in music departments; to give access to the latest teaching and learning resources; to develop the student teacher as a reflective and enthusiastic practitioner; to develop skills which complement the student teacher's existing expertise; to help student teachers develop a well-principled philosophy of music education which they are able to use in the profession as the basis of their practice.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree with a minimum of 50 per cent of the degree in music but the music component of the degree might include western classical music, music from other cultures, or popular music; most importantly, applicants need to be a passionate and practising musician; GCSEs (grade C or above) in English language and mathematics (or equivalents acceptable to the University); a minimum of 10 days recent and relevant school experience on application; applicants should reflect on this experience in the personal statement of the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have passed skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to an interview.

Course modules

Modules include: Professional placement � module 1; professional studies � module 2; curriculum studies in music � module 3; enhanced studies � module 4.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a combination of professional placements and course work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Canterbury Campus Canterbury CT1 1QU South East

Key information

PGCE Admissions
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01227 782900