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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Music (PGCE)

Inspire tomorrow’s musicians today! By joining us on Yr Athrofa’s Secondary PGCE Music Pathway, you will enable pupils to fulfil their dreams as you nurture their musical talents.

Within a course that covers the demands of all secondary year groups including GCSE, A Level and vocational courses, you will focus upon creative approaches to planning, teaching and assessment.

Designed to be interactive, stimulating and relevant to today’s learners, the pathway will enable you to gain a broad understanding of subject-specific content that can be used both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities.

Teaching will take place through a series of lectures and practical workshops led by leading classroom practitioners, with the vital underpinning of pedagogical knowledge delivered by academic staff from within the university.

You will be encouraged to extend your personal musical skills, including in performance techniques, composition, appraisal and music technology, and you will study varied musical styles, including jazz, rock & pop, electronic music, rap and the music of Wales.

This will allow you to become a creative and inspiring teacher, able to nurture the diverse musical talents of pupils within the context of exciting education reform in Wales. As part of the new Expressive Arts Area of Learning and Experience, you will develop learners’ imaginative and creative thinking, extend their appraisal and compositional skills, and provide varied performance opportunities.

Excellent subject knowledge, passion for education and an ability to adapt to a professional role are essential requirements for this secondary pathway.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree
Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject.

GCSE qualifications
Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics .

Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh (first language).

Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh.

A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications
If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced.

Work Experience
You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks.

Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service

Course modules

The content of the programme has been grouped under four module headings:
• The Learner – who am I teaching?
• Learners, schools and communities – where am I teaching?
• Researching the learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on research)
• Leading the Learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on subject discipline in practice)

Organising the modules in this way means that you will be able to focus on the pupil and take full account of the wider context that impact on education.

You will also be able to ensure that your classroom-based practice draws on a sound research base.

This means that our programme will challenge you both practically and intellectually at the same time.

Assessment methods

The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include:
• Case studies
• Portfolios
• Video presentation
• Research Project
All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people.

Award of QTS
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to those student teachers who have fully met the professional teacher standards for QTS.

This aspect of the programme is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a professional dialogue with a specialist mentor and tutor.

The Education Workforce Council (the statutory body for teachers in Wales) has a very useful website

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE September 2019 £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU) Years
PGCE September 2019 £ 11,000 per Academic year (International) Years

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