Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South Music (P654)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Tes Institute
Financial support

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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

This one-year programme will see you placed in two of our Trust schools as an integral member of the school team, developing your skills alongside experienced professionals while accessing additional support from our subject experts and your designated in-school mentor.

You will spend four days per week gaining practical, in-school experience, gradually taking on lessons and shared responsibility for pupils. Your remaining day will be dedicated to study with our partner, Tes Institute. Their award-winning blended learning programme will allow you to develop core professional and pedagogical skills while strengthening your subject knowledge.

Your studies will predominantly be carried out on an innovative e-learning platform, through which you will gain 24/7 access to course materials, lessons and tutorials, making learning extremely flexible. You will also be able to participate in an exciting programme of face-to-face workshops and specialist teaching visits to contextualise your training.

All of our courses lead to QTS with the additional option of adding on a PGCE. There is no extra application process for the PGCE route. Should you wish to pursue this option, you can express this to us at interview stage.

In order to obtain QTS, you will be required to complete two higher education assessments of upwards of 3,000 words throughout the year. Applicants on the PGCE route will need to complete three.

Example assignment topics include:

  • The Teaching of a Foundation Subject
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Subject Knowledge Development

In addition to these formal assessments, you will continuously work on completing the tasks and objectives laid out in your Training Plan. This document will act as a structured record of your learning and professional development, providing evidential support for your application for QTS.

School placements

You will complete two placements in contrasting schools within our Trust.

Your first and main placement will last approximately one academic year.

The second placement lasts six weeks and takes place during the Spring Term.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Haberdashers’ Borough Academy
94B Southwark Bridge Road , London, SE1 0EX
Haberdashers’ Crayford Academy
Iron Mill Lane, Crayford, DA1 4RS
Haberdashers’ Hatcham College
Hatcham College, Jerningham Site, Jerningham Rd, New Cross Gate, SE14 5SF
Haberdashers’ Knights Academy
Launcelot Rd, Bromley, Kent, BR1 5EB
Main Site
Pepys Road, New Cross, London, SE14 5SF

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.

If you need to undertake equivalency tests as part of your offer please visit : (https://astarequivalency.co.uk/)

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants with a genuine passion for teaching and a commitment to working as part of a school community to make a difference to the lives of children in South East London.

Successful applicants are:

  • resilient and reflective
  • highly organised and driven
  • adaptable and open to new opportunities
  • motivated to further their own development
  • able to demonstrate high levels of personal initiative
  • secure in their subject knowledge


Your salary will be calculated using the unqualified teachers’ pay scales.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South is a family of five primary schools and four secondary schools, all of which are located in the heart of their communities across the London boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and Bexley.

We have been educating young people in South London since 1876 and have over 15 years’ experience of initial teacher training. Embedded in a rich culture of both tradition and innovation, we draw on our long history of educational excellence while embracing new, forward-thinking ideas.

Our vision for education is built on aspiration and achievement, which is why we provide our staff with the highest levels of support. We have a unique and engaging professional development offer that provides opportunities for collaboration and access to networks for every teacher, no matter their career stage. Each member of our community, staff and students alike, also benefit from the Haberdashers’ Advantage – a unique set of benefits and opportunities that come from our sponsorship by the Haberdashers Company.

Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South is an inclusive employer that strongly values diversity. We welcome applications from members of black and minority ethnic communities, as we are keen to ensure that the teaching workforce is more representative of London’s diverse population.

Interview process

This will determine your suitability to train to teach and assess your literacy and numeracy skills and subject knowledge.

The assessment process will include a presentation, a panel interview, a group task and a short teaching demonstration.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work 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 work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

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

We want to make sure that our training programme is open to everybody. If you have a disability, we will make adjustments wherever reasonably possible in order to enable you to perform to the best of your ability throughout our recruitment process.

If you would like us to do so at the interview stage, please provide details on your application form. This will in no way affect your application.

Contact this training provider

020 7652 9571
Haberdashers' Academies Trust South
Jerningham Road
New Cross
SE14 5NY

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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