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The award
PGCE

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
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All study options

About PGCE Secondary Music at Bath Spa University

Become a secondary music teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • A culturally diverse, integrated and creative approach to teaching music.
  • Emphasis on music technology and world music - musicians and music educators regularly lead workshops.
  • Start your career in music - the course qualifies you to teach, and opens up many opportunities.

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools, 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.

'Studying at Bath Spa has helped me to develop the skills to apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as well as train to be a teacher. The PGCE can be a demanding and stressful year, but given the chance I would do it all again (especially with Bath Spa!)'

Daniel Hurley, PGCE Secondary Music graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

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.

How will I be taught?

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.

Opportunities

Careers

All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources.

Resources

You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University's Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPGCEHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £9,250 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £12,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

Your enthusiasm for music and a desire to enthuse and motivate young people in quality musical experiences should be your main reasons for embarking on this programme.

You'll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You'll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You're required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above in Music (including Music Technology, Performance etc.) with music as a major part of the degree. In addition a music A-level is also required, and some keyboard skills are desirable.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

Non-academic requirements

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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