Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University


Our PGCE Music and PGCE Secondary Music with Specialist Instrument Teaching will prepare you for a career in music teaching and challenge your thoughts about music education. The Specialist Instrument Teaching route combines learning to teach music in the classroom and teaching your instrument (wind, brass, percussion, strings or voice) in different contexts. Applicants should note these are two separate PGCEs within the same programme so they will need to specify which one they are applying for. Trainees gain 60 Masters Level credits (1/3 of a Masters Degree) which can be used for progression to higher academic and professional awards. Applicants have the choice of university-based or school direct routes.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent; applicants with degrees in non-music subjects will be considered if they have shown the necessary skills to enter the course through professional work; at least 2 weeks of experience in relevant school setting(s); GCSE English language and mathematics grades C or above; a pass in the Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Course modules

Core units: practice credit 1 (induction phase); practice credit 2 (teaching placement block a: formation of personal practice); practice credit 3 (teaching placement block b: development of personal practice); practice credit 4 (enrichment phase); professional practice; subject pedagogy (music).

Assessment methods

There are 2 elements of assessment: teaching, incorporating school experience files, that capture evidence of the range of your experiences, this element will be assessed by mentors and judged against the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status; written assignments, this element builds on the teaching experience and integrates theory with practice and observation. In addition, there are several course completion requirements: the record of professional development (a portfolio of evidence of personal and professional development); the career entry profile (completed at the point of becoming a newly qualified teacher and taken with students into their 1st post); satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the course requirements.


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

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