University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Secondary Education (Music)

The programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); this course explores the unique contribution that music can make to a child's development by considering learning and teaching both in the context of the national curriculum requirements and the wider educational imperative; classroom practice is at the core of our considerations, with priority given to areas such as: the learning environment; relationships; language in the classroom; managing students and resources; discipline; differentiation; assessment issues; and examination requirements; this includes consideration of the vital importance of the extended curriculum and its relationship to what happens in the classroom; we also support our students in further developing their subject knowledge and skills; in the 1st term, as a group, we explore a wide variety of music that may be unfamiliar to our students, which includes participation in Steel Band, guitar and other workshops; during the course students have the opportunity to teach in at least 2 different schools and to visit a number of other institutions including primary schools; they also work alongside and learn from experienced teachers who support and guide them during 3 teaching placements; students also practice teaching, singing and conducting and develop their music information communication technology skills through sequencing and recording sessions; later in the course there are gamelan and other practical workshops and students have the opportunity to develop and run their own arts workshop for primary school children.

Entry requirements

At least GCSE/ O-level at grade C or an equivalent qualification in English and mathematics; a degree or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.

Course modules

Modules include: curriculum studies (main subject specialism); education and professional studies; school experience.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,370 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 12,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

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PGCE Office, Graduate School of Education