Year of entry
Length1 year, full time
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 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400
Manchester Campus and the Royal Northern College of Music
Department of Secondary Teacher Education
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.
School placements are central to the course. Trainees on the University-led ('Core') route typically spend at least 120 days on school-based training. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.
Placements are organised by Manchester Met and will be in at least two different schools or colleges and ranging from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.
All trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a four week enrichment experience overseas. These help to develop an international educational perspective and provide the chance to gain some teaching experience in an international school. Enrichment is in addition to PGCE units of study and opportunities may differ year on year, for example, in 2016 trainees were placed at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus or Norway or public schools in Orleans, France.
Career options after the course
Manchester Metropolitan University is very well respected for producing high quality music teachers and trainees from these courses have gone on to work in a variety of contexts.
Although the majority of trainees progress to teaching music in the classroom, or working for music services as instrumental teachers, trainees have also gone on to:
- Teach music abroad
- Take further degrees in performance, composition and education
- Teach music in a special educational needs context
- Teach music at A level or above
- There are also opportunities for further study.
98.6% of our PGCE Secondary Leavers* were in work and or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2014/15.
We offer an extensive Professional Development Programme, including Masters awards in Education, Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs, and specialist subject routes.
There are opportunities to study to PhD level at our Education and Social Research Institute.
* Of those who responded to the DHLE survey and were available for work.