Billericay School Music (28JQ)

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

Accredited body
BEC Teacher Training
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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our inspiring training programme consists of several different complementary strands.

You’ll learn about educational theory in your weekly seminars held at our training base in Wickford, Essex and neighbouring schools. In these sessions you’ll engage with the latest research about how students learn , how to help them overcome disadvantage, and how to motivate and engage them. You’ll also cover practical aspects of teaching such as using ICT, managing your workload and voice care. You’ll learn too about your legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding young people.

You’ll also have a weekly seminar led by one of our specialist Music mentors. Working with these expert teachers you’ll find out what students are expected to learn in Music, how to inspire students and teach them the elements, context and language of music, how to teach them composition skills and how to manage demonstrations and practical music activities whilst ensuring safety in the classroom.

You’ll spend 80% of your time working in school, gaining hands-on experience and putting your knowledge of theory into practice with the support of a specialist mentor. You’ll start by watching expert teachers and gradually build up your skills and confidence. Once you start teaching, your lessons will be observed and you’ll have opportunities to discuss how the lesson went. Your weekly meeting with your mentor will be an opportunity to highlight your achievements and plan your next steps. You’ll find you soon feel part of the team in school.

You’ll also read widely, submit written tasks on set topics and prepare oral presentations on aspects of education that interest you. We make sure that these assignments are evenly spread throughout the course and our weekly newsletter reminds you of deadlines. We operate an ‘open door’ policy so you can discuss any issues or worries.

You also have the opportunity to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) supported by lectures at our Wickford base. You submit two 5000 word assignments, one on Special Educational Needs and one on your own research. Validated by University of Suffolk the PGCE is worth 60 Master’s credits.

During the course we’ll use observations of your teaching, your assignments and reflections to continuously assess your progress. There is a formal review at the end of each term, with the final assessment and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status taking place in the third term.

School placements

You’ll spend the majority of your time on the course gaining practical hands on experience in school, fully involved in day to day school life and supported by a mentor who is an experienced teacher. We work closely with a wide range of excellent schools, including faith schools, grammar schools and comprehensive schools, but all sharing a passionate commitment to training the next generation of teachers and with an exceptional, experienced and caring team ready to work with us and support you.

We aim to place you in a school that is a reasonable traveling distance from your home and to find you a mentor with whom you can build a strong professional relationship. We know our school mentors very well, often they have trained with us, and we try to match you with a mentor who will bring out the best in you. As you become more confident, we’ll arrange a second school placement for you. This placement, which is six weeks long, enables you to experience a different type of school. We’ll also arrange visits to other types of educational environment such as special schools and alternative education settings.

In school, you’ll be working primarily with students aged 11-16. You’ll start by observing your mentor and other teachers in the classroom and discussing the techniques that they use. When you and your mentor think you’re ready, you’ll plan to deliver parts of the lesson following your mentor’s advice and guidance and then gradually build up to confidently delivering all the lessons for your classes. At the same time, you’ll be involved in the wider life of the school; you’ll be attached to a form group for experience of pastoral care and you’ll be encouraged to participate in some extra-curricular activities. You’ll meet formally with your mentor once a week to review your progress and plan your next steps.

Although you cannot choose what schools you will train in, if you have a preference, let us know and we will be pleased to discuss it with the Headteacher.

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

Applicants without the relevant GCSEs or recognised equivalent will need to take an equivalency test before applying. We accept tests from and

Personal qualities

Teaching is a fascinating and complex job. You’ll need to be versatile and have a broad skill set. We are looking for trainees with a wide range of personal qualities including, but not limited to:

◆a genuine enthusiasm for teaching ◆strong subject knowledge ◆effective communication skills ◆an ability to develop positive working relationships with children ◆positivity and resilience ◆imagination and creativity ◆good organisation skills ◆energy, focus and determination ◆team-working skills ◆a reflective approach and willingness to act on advice ◆adaptability and initiative ◆openness and willingness to learn

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

Join our exceptional School Centred Initial Teacher Training course. Our friendly and highly qualified team know every trainee is an individual and offer ‘excellent pastoral support’ (Ofsted) combined with a well-planned programme providing a strong foundation for your future career. Our trainees feel supported and confident that they have the skills needed to be successful teachers. All our trainees get jobs, with many following an accelerated career path.

When you train with us we’ll give you:

◆a thorough grounding in educational theory through our inspiring academic lectures and workshops. ◆a minimum of 125 days teaching experience in our excellent partner schools ◆a school placement from the very start of your training so you are immersed in school life from day one ◆an experienced mentor who will help you every step of the way in
school. ◆a specialist mentor to support you in developing subject specific teaching skills ◆a personal tutor to oversee your progress. ◆opportunities to visit a variety of educational settings ◆a chance to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, worth 60 Master credits. ◆tailor made training arrangements to suit you including an opportunity
to request a school where you would like to train ◆continued support in your Early Career

About the accredited body

We are passionate about training the skilled and inspirational teachers of the future so we have chosen BEC Teacher Training as our accredited body. With 26 years of experience training teachers in Essex, BEC Teacher Training’s ambitious programme combines high quality lectures with plenty of opportunities to learn from experts in school and practise in the classroom. ‘Trainees develop into reflective and confident practitioners..[and] impressive role models’ (Ofsted) . We work closely in partnership with BEC Teacher Training to provide you with the highest quality of training and support during the course and in your early career.

Interview process

Once you have submitted your application, we’ll arrange an interview for you in one of our partner schools, or online if necessary. You will be interviewed by a member of the BEC Teacher Training team and a member of school staff.

On the interview day, you will be asked to:

◆deliver a 10 minute lesson on an aspect of Music which is either misunderstood by pupils or difficult to teach; ◆complete a written task in response to a question we give you on the day ◆undertake a formal interview lasting around 30 minutes

If you are successful, we’ll contact you by the end of the next working day to let you know. Then we’ll send you a formal offer letter which may give some conditions you’ll have to meet before taking up your place, such as passing your degree or completing an online Subject Knowledge Enhancement course to make sure your academic knowledge is fully appropriate. Before joining the course you will also need to pass:

◆a Health and Physical Capacity to Teach assessment ◆an enhanced DBS check to confirm your suitability to work with children

We’ll also organise a meeting with a Course Director to follow up on your interview and discuss your individual development plan. We’ll send you some pre-reading to do, and we’ll book you in for our pre-course orientation in July when you can meet your tutors and other trainees.

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

We value every trainee as an individual and we firmly believe in the importance of an inclusive learning and teaching environment where everyone can contribute and succeed. If you have a disability, we will welcome your application and our experienced team will be there to give you all the help and advice you need. Trainees have already successfully completed our training programme with conditions such as visual and hearing impairments, dyslexia, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum conditions. Once you have applied for our course, please contact us to discuss your individual needs and to identify the appropriate adjustments we can make to support you. Such adjustments could include:

◆ adapting interview arrangements ◆ extending deadlines ◆ recording workshops ◆ sending powerpoint slides in advance ◆ photocopying on coloured paper ◆ securing wheelchair access

With your permission, we will also work with your mentor in school to ensure you have all the support and reasonable adjustments you need to make the most of your school placement.

Contact this training provider

01268 477611
c/o The Bromfords School
Grange Avenue
SS12 0LZ

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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