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Secondary Music

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and Early Years settings, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring music teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

Prepare yourself to become a successful member of a secondary school music department; you’ll learn to teach music to pupils aged 11-16 with post-16 enhancement. The programme will enable you to meet the Standards for Qualified Teachers. The programme is structured around two school phases and two university phases.

There is a strong emphasis on music technology and world music during the programme and local musicians and music educators are regularly invited to lead workshops and share lead practice.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

Assessment methods

You’ll explore quality issues central to teaching and learning, drawing on the latest research and practice in music education. Planning, assessment and developing resources feature in the first university phase, together with music technology and world music sessions. Exploring and developing subject knowledge is an important thread throughout the programme, as is the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge. A situated model of teacher education is explored through group teaching sessions in a local school right from the start of the programme.

During the second university phase you’re encouraged to be involved in additional musical opportunities such as delivering workshops in a primary school, shadowing visiting instrumental teachers, working with pupils from a special school or visiting Wells Cathedral School.

You’ll be taught by highly qualified and experienced staff both in University and in partner schools or other settings.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 40 Weeks
PGCE Full-time £ 12,500 (Whole course) International 40 Weeks

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