The key aim of this programme is to enable students to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers of Music. The programme provides opportunities for students to explore the theory and practice of Music education through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two school placements.
The course will provide students with an awareness of the theoretical foundations of the subject, of strategies for teaching and learning in Music and of current issues surrounding Music education. Workshops will enable students to explore a range of practical processes and approaches. Regular tutorials enable students to receive individual support from tutors. Tutors on the programme are experienced teachers of Music.
During school placements, students benefit from working alongside experienced teachers of Music. Students have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors.
Applicants should have a degree that includes a substantial element of Music. At interview candidates will be expected to provide and talk through their creative work and to discuss their reflections on teaching and learning in Music that they have experienced recently in schools.
Candidates as part of the application process:
nominate a school to train within
the age range they wish to teach
Candidates will spend the majority of their time within their nominated school but will also undertake, at least, a six week placement in a second school. The second school must be a contrasting school to their main school.
Saint John Southworth Enterprise and Research Alliance consists of some 30 schools which are a mixture of primary and secondary schools. This allows the Alliance to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of the candidates across a wide range of schools.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Burlington Ln, Chiswick, W4 3UN
89 Addison Road, London, W14 8BZ
Newman Catholic College
Harlesden Road, London, NW10 3RN
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in music or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context. These personal attributes include:
Motivation to become the best teacher possible.
Ability to analyse and learn from experience, and to act on feedback.
Creativity and imagination.
Capacity for hard work.
Good organisational skills.
Empathy and a liking for young people.
Ambition to make a difference by becoming an inspirational teacher.
All offers of places are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure with list check. If you are offered a place, you will be asked to provide a signed declaration relating to any police record. Contact The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School or Roehampton University Admissions office if you need guidance on whether an offence or conviction may preclude you from teaching.
All trainee teachers must also meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental health. In practice, few health problems preclude applicants from teaching, and so we welcome applications from people with disabilities.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
If you are looking for a teacher training course in which you spend most of your time in-school while you study, this course may be for you.
You work with experienced teachers, first of all observing and team teaching, then teaching independently. You are will be based in one of the schools within the Saint John Southworth Enterprise and Research Alliance during your training, with a placement of about 6 weeks in a contrasting school.
A key feature of the programme is the individual support provided to candidates. A recent candidate noted that
“The support provided to the trainees within the school is excellent at every level. This includes - but is by no means limited to - a mentor from the department who meets with you on a weekly basis; my lead school trainer, who oversees the more general assessment and evaluation of progress; and the added support system of the department and HOD, all of whom are always highly approachable. The programme provides trainees with ample in-class experience; opportunities to observe colleagues of various age groups, abilities and subjects and offers weekly INSET seminars which hone practical skills and help to clarify many aspects of training which may appear less accessible or relatable to ‘real life’ classroom teaching. Every tutor is vastly experienced, supportive, welcoming, and most of all, an outstanding teacher in their own right.”
About the accredited body
This course is accredited by University of Roehampton, who have been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years. Many members of staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of our provision; tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools with many having served as consultants or as Ofsted inspectors. 95% of students who left the course in 2020 and 2021 agreed that the course had equipped them to be a good or better teacher (Ofsted survey 2020 and 2021).
Candidates will normally be interviewed by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Head of Department. Interviews are structured into two parts - the first part of the interview will discuss with candidates their motivation for entry into the teaching profession. While the second half of the interview looks at the candidates understanding of the education system in England. As part of the interview candidates may be asked to teach a lesson of about 30 minutes to a class. Candidates may be asked to undertake a written task as part of the interview.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School 89 Addison Road London W14 8BZ
Support and advice
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