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The Rutland and District School Federation Music (27BD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.rutlandfederation.com/school-direct/
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Contents

Course summary

This teaching degree provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to teach Music at secondary level. Time is spent in the University and in classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals ready to begin teaching in secondary schools.

The School Direct secondary course in Music provides the chance to train with enthusiastic education professionals committed to music as an entitlement for all pupils. It offers a broad holistic training for the 11-18 age phase across a wide range of perspectives, including those of pupils, schools, higher education, the LEA, peripatetic, vocational and extra-curricular viewpoints. The course consists of a mix of practical, hands-on experience needed to equip trainees for the diverse range of challenges faced by music teachers in the 21st Century.

The subject teaching part of the course will focus on creative music-making in the classroom, the National Curriculum, examination and vocational courses in music – methodologies, assessment and progression. Developing effective teaching and learning strategies to ensure music is a vibrant experience for all pupils, techniques for enabling effective performance experience for all pupils and composing with and for young people is also explored. Other themes include using music technology in the classroom, world music and issues of classroom management.

School placements

The lead school organises your placements within the teaching alliance.

The School Direct course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. On Monday’s you will also spend time studying at the University.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Other requirements

Following the interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level knowledge in the subject they wish to teach may be offered a place on the course subject to successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in the subject prior to commencing your teacher-training year.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

As a School Direct trainee, you will be entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses.

If you are a UK or EU trainee, you should be eligible for a student loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant to cover the cost of your study and will only start paying the loans back when you start earning over £21,000 per annum.

You may be eligible to receive a training bursary, dependent on the subject you train for and a degree classification.

About the training provider

The Rutland and District Schools’ Federation are delighted to announce School Direct training opportunities in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.

The School Direct Training Programme is school-led initial teacher training, offering a training route to achieving qualified teacher status (QTS).

During the Secondary School Direct year, trainees will gain experience in Key Stages: 3 (years 7-9), 4 (years 10-11), and 5 (Years 12-13). It is a requirement to have taught a minimum of two key stages in your training year.

A requirement of the course is that trainees complete two days in a primary school. This provides an invaluable insight into the importance of transition from primary to secondary. Trainees will be allocated a tutor group to gain an understanding of the importance of the pastoral role in education.

The year is designed to help trainees build up to the equivalent teaching requirements of an Early Career Teacher (ECT). Trainees will have a mentor in both a base school and second placement. The mentor is there for day-to-day support, help with planning and suggestions for university tasks, and will conduct regular observations and provide structured feedback. Trainees will have a University Link Tutor who will conduct visits during the year and provide feedback and support.

Over the last 5 years, 100% of Rutland Teaching Alliance trainees* have been in employment contracts as NQTs by the end of the course . 98% of trainees starting the course gained QTS in the last 3 years (National 90%).

  • those actively seeking employment

Interview process

You will be invited to an interview with one of the Rutland Teaching Alliance partner schools as part of the selection process. At this interview, you will have an opportunity to take part in a number of school-based activities during a normal school day. They will include:

  • An opportunity to meet with the subject Team Leader and other colleagues
  • Teach part of a lesson to a small group
  • Individual Interview

You will also be invited to a second interview at Nottingham Trent University.

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

The Rutland and District Schools’ Federation are committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. Together with Nottingham Trent University, we will:

  • ensure that people are treated solely on the basis of their abilities and potential, regardless of race, religion or belief, age, gender reassignment, marital status or civil partnership, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or maternity, sex or any other inappropriate distinction;
  • promote diversity and equality for all staff and value the contributions made by individuals and groups of people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and distinctive backgrounds;
  • promote and sustain an inclusive and supportive study and work environment which affirms the equal and fair treatment of individuals in fulfilling their potential and does not afford unfair privilege to any individual or group.

If you have any specific questions, please contact the Rutland Teaching Alliance or visit the Nottingham Trent University support page.

Contact this training provider

Email
kbarrett@catmosecollege.com
Telephone
01572770066
Website
http://www.rutlandfederation.com/school-direct/
Address
RDSF
Catmose College, Huntsmans Drive
Oakham
Rutland
LE15 6RP

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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