Bishop Rawstorne School Direct Programme Music (33HP)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This course has been carefully designed, together with the University of Cumbria, and expert teachers, to ensure that you complete it with all the knowledge, pedagogy and teaching and learning skills required to be an excellent ‘Teacher of Music’. We firmly believe that if you want to be able to teach, the best way to do so is to learn from outstanding teacher practitioners; this means that your training is very much school based and ‘hands on’.

You will undertake placements in two of our carefully selected cluster schools; your first placement is from September to December and the second from January to June. On placement you will be given the chance to build up a teaching timetable, with the help of an experienced subject mentor and professional mentor. The programme will also allow you to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education; this will not only help you understand the mechanics of teaching, but also stay ahead of the game when it comes to employment.

The course also offers immeasurable support, both from placement schools and the University; this is in terms of your assignments, teaching practice and subject knowledge, as well as pastorally. Moreover, during the year you will also be fortunate enough to attend at least 20 school based training days, delivered by a wide range of experts, and 12 subject specific training days at the University. This will ensure you have all the knowledge you require to turn you into a confident, happy and successful teacher. Other exciting opportunities include a day at a primary school, conferences and a day in college to look at transition; however, the beauty of this programme is that we can also offer short-term visits if you have a particular area or institute you wish to specialise in.

Additionally, all of our cluster schools are and located within a small geographical area; this means you do not have to travel huge distances – great for those who have family or other commitments. Even the University, where you will attend for training, is conveniently located in Lancaster.

Finally, due to the outstanding reputation of Bishop Rawstorne, as a teacher training provider, and our cluster schools as experts in initial teacher training, we guarantee you a fantastic experience and due to our extensive contacts within the area, the best possible chance of securing employment on completion of the course.

School placements

Bishop Rawstorne Academy was one of the first schools nationally to offer the School Direct programme. As a an outstanding teacher trainer provider, we therefore pride ourselves on having developed a course that is not only unique, but meets the needs of all our trainee teachers. Each of our cluster schools, where you will be placed, have been chosen because they have an excellent reputation for training teachers and because over the years we have developed a stronger collaborative partnership.

On placement you will work within a subject area, and with a range of experts, who will support you closely as you become a more confident teacher. Each of the subject mentors has been specially trained so they act as mentors and then coaches, helping you to develop your practice. Moreover, as we are a forward thinking school, we are able to offer you a range of free CPD activities that will give you the edge over other trainees and afford many networking opportunities.

All of our seven cluster schools are geographically close, based in Chorley, Preston, Croston and Leyland; this means that your transport time to work does not eat into your working day or your home life. In addition, as we have a close working relationship with our cluster schools, we ensure that our trainee teachers are told in the summer where their first placement school will be. In fact, many of our trainees enjoy visiting their placement school in the summer, relishing the prospect of meeting the team they will be working with and familiarising themselves with school life.

The age ranges you will teach at our cluster schools will be 11-16; however, we also offer the chance for you to experience a day at a primary school and a college. For those interested in working in specialist schools, this is something we can also look to accommodate.

The feedback we get from our trainees about our cluster schools is overwhelmingly positive and a large percentage of our trainees often end up being employed by one of our cluster schools, or another school within our wider alliance.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

Teaching is an extremely rewarding profession and we are keen to recruit tomorrow’s teachers. We are looking for people who are passionate about getting the best out of young people; have a genuine love for their subject; are hardworking and determined; who are good team players and who have a sense of humour and integrity.

We welcome applications from a range of backgrounds. If you want to make sure that teaching is right for you, or visit us, please contact the School Direct Administrator, Jane Prescott,, who will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Other requirements

  • The DfE require you to be competent in fundamental English and mathematics before qualified teacher status can be awarded.

  • If you accept a formal offer of a place you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Our unique and well-established programme offers a skilled alliance of schools who work closely with us to ensure you receive the highest quality training, as well as the care, support and resources you require. Our accredited provider, the University of Cumbria, also offer experienced staff and together we guarantee your experiences in school, and at University, or when completing assignments, are not only positive but rewarding ones.

All placement schools have been carefully selected to provide many fantastic opportunities and a personalised school based experience. They are conveniently located across the northwest and include: Penwortham Girls’ High School, Parklands Academy, Brownedge St. Mary’s Catholic School, Bishop Rawstorne Academy, Lostock Hall Academy, St.Michael’s Church of England High School and Balshaw’s Church of England High School. Moreover, we pride ourselves on supporting all trainee teachers, on an individual level, and throughout your training you will receive incalculable support with preparing for interviews and job applications. Consequently, our trainees have a fantastic track record of securing employment, often within our own or partnership schools.

In addition, as we are committed to ongoing professional development, you will have the benefit of many extras; for example, you will have access to any CPD we offer, as well as teaching and learning events. This will not only allow you opportunities for further networking, but also to gain cutting-edge training from experienced staff, many of whom are specialists in their own field, thereby allowing you to become an outstanding teacher in your own right.

Interview process

As a School Direct Associate Teacher, you will be trained jointly by our cluster of schools and the University of Cumbria and will benefit from a comprehensive and bespoke training programme, offered by a range of experts within our alliance.

It is our aim to recruit those candidates who we believe have the potential to become outstanding secondary teachers. Recruitment of applicants for the 2023 intake will take place throughout the year and will involve a half day selection process at Bishop Rawstorne Academy. It will include the following:

  • Subject knowledge presentation
  • Timed written task, in response to pre-interview reading – the article will be sent to you to consider prior to the interview
  • Interview – with the School Direct Programme Lead and/or University Partner Lead or Cluster School Professional Mentor/Subject Specialist
  • Subject knowledge audit/assessment – so that we can support you with any gaps in knowledge

We also appreciate that an interview is a two way process and want to ensure that you will be happy working together with us. Therefore, on the day you attend the interview you will also be given a tour around the school, the chance to speak to our current trainee teachers (where possible) and to ask any further questions you may have about the course.

We aim to give you a decision about the interview as soon as possible and at the latest within 24 hours.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

As an initial teacher trainer provider, we recognise that we are all different and each have our own unique ways of learning. Consequently, we aim to provide a supportive environment that allows all individuals to flourish, and actively encourage applications from disabled people. We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with a disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access their training. To accomplish this, we offer:

  • Adjustments to the interview process, including extra time, readers and scribes, use of computers and rest breaks, subject to receiving appropriate evidence of disability

At University:

  • Digital recorders for loan to enable you to record your teaching session
  • Assistance in the library
  • Access to a range of non-medical help services such as practical support, note-taking and specialist mentoring (to access these services you will need to have applied for Disabled Students Allowance through your funding body – the university can assist you with this process if required
  • An individualised disability/SpLD action plan giving staff an overview of the impact of your disability/SpLD and detailing the adjustments that you require

We will always discuss any requirements with you to ensure any adjustments necessary reflect your needs and assist you in becoming an independent learner thereby improving your employability skills.

Contact this training provider

01772 600349
Highfield Road
PR26 9HH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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