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Secondary Music with QTS PGCE

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available.  We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

This PGCE course, which is closely linked to the Royal Northern College of Music, will prepare you for a career in music teaching and challenge your thoughts about music education. The Specialist Instrumental Teaching route combines learning to teach music in the classroom and teaching your instrument (wind, brass, percussion, strings or voice) in different contexts. 

Our award-winning Brooks building in Manchester has specialist music facilities, including practice rooms.

A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study.  Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

Applicants should note these are two separate PGCEs within the same programme so they will need to specify which one they are applying for.

These courses are available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. 2:2 or above is normally required, or you must possess and show the necessary skills as a musician and an educator.

Music is a unique subject and we have several high quality trainees who have had degrees in non-music subjects, but through professional work have shown the necessary skills to enter the course.

For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

All applicants require GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Maths at point of entry.

Experience in educational settings
Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.

You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at for the latest updates

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course modules

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate.

There will be a focus on:

  • Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
  • Working in multi-professional teams
  • Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
  • Learning and teaching strategies
  • Managing students' behaviour
  • Planning and evaluating students' learning
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Assessment methods

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments.  Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile.  Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 14,400 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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