University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Secondary Education (Music)

In this course, you will work with your university tutor largely in a school setting, bringing the theories of the classroom into a live context from the outset. the on-campus music area includes a music technology area, professional recording studio and performance areas and you will have access to a range of equipment, including tuned and untuned percussion from around the world, several pianos, guitars, and PC and Mac computers. Available at university and through School Direct.

Entry requirements

A minimum UK 2.2 Honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2015. If you don�t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. Practical skills in vocal and/or instrumental music are essential. You also need basic ability as a keyboard player since you will be expected to teach and accompany using this instrument by the time you complete the course. GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Preference will be given to those who hold these qualifications at the point of application and all successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2015. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2015. You should be able to demonstrate recent experience of working with young people, ideally though not exclusively in a musical context; this might include observing or assisting in a secondary school music department, working with youth music groups or other groups for young people. You should have an active interest in a wide range of music and be able to articulate what young people can gain from engagement with music in particular and the arts in general. You should be able to display some understanding of the qualities of good teaching, including preparation and planning, resources, understanding the needs of young people and assessing progress. You should be able to demonstrate performing skills and general musicianship skills such as simple harmonisation and transposition. You should also be interested in pursuing an aspect of music in education as a Masters level research project as part of the course. These attributes will be assessed through a Masters level writing exercise, a 10 minute teaching exercise undertaken with the course tutor and fellow candidates as your class, a performing audition and a face to face interview, which will all be conducted on the same day. At least 2-3 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism is preferred. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance according to established university procedures.

Course modules

Modules include: Meeting young people�s needs within and beyond the curriculum; classroom research for beginning teachers; curriculum development; music and the curriculum and personalisation agenda; small scale research for the beginning music teacher; school placement; enrichment activities: deploying your skills in different contexts.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on presentations, written assignments, small-scale classroom research projects, assessment of in-school practice, portfolio of evidence of professional practices, self-assessment, peer assessment and formative assessment.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West
School Direct LA1 3JD

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