Hereteach Alliance Music (EA12)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
29 November 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://www.hereteach.org.uk/train-to-teach/

Contents

About the course

You’ll explore the skills and knowledge that music as an art form offers at secondary education level; and train to become a confident, dynamic and creative teacher with the ability to make music accessible to all. You’ll discover how pupils learn and explore ways in which you can plan musical activities that will ensure they progress and develop their musicality. Exploring an inclusive and rich approach towards music, you’ll prioritise active music making to promote musical thinking and learn how to inspire and enthuse your pupils by taking them on an exciting and stimulating musical journey. Techniques used link many different forms of music and music making. These can be used to help pupils to become more self-confident, informed and culturally aware. This course has strong links with local musical organisations such as Birmingham Music Service, the largest Music Service in the country. The course provides the opportunity to experience music education from a variety of perspectives, including organisations that form part of the Birmingham Hub for Music Education like Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and mac Birmingham. A key feature of the course is how we promote technology enhanced learning both in terms of developing beginning teachers and also how music technology can support teaching and learning in schools. Our PGCE Secondary Music also allows you to choose to take an instrumental route and focus more of your training in this way.

School placements

You will spend two-thirds of your time – at least 120 days – working in schools on block placements gaining valuable real-life experience in schools. The 120 days will be split over a minimum of two placements. You will gain direct teaching experience and work with experienced practitioners in the classroom. School placements are predominantly in Herefordshire secondary schools. You will be assigned a trained mentor and/or a tutor while on placement, who will support and guide your work, as well as provide training and feedback. Students on the instrumental pathway will spend part of their placement time teaching with Birmingham Music Service.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  1. An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.
  2. GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics at the point of enrolment. Full entry requirements can be found on the page for each course on our website: www.bcu.ac.uk/education

Personal qualities

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills?

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required for this course. While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Hereteach Alliance is a partnership of secondary schools, post 16 and Special schools in Herefordshire. With Wigmore Teaching School as the lead school, our accrediting Higher Education Institute is Worcester University.

Our core partnership schools are Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, Earl Mortimer College, Fairfield High School, Hereford Sixth Form College, John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre, Kingstone High School, Lady Hawkins’ School, Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre, St Mary’s RC High School, The Hereford Academy, The Hereford Cathedral School, The Steiner Academy, Weobley High School, Westfield School (Special School), Whitecross Hereford High School and Specialist Sports College, and Wigmore High School.

Our School Direct Programme offers high quality provision where the trainees recruited will work both collaboratively and independently. Trainees will be supported in and engaged with their school from the beginning of September, developing relevant professional skills and learning from the wealth of experience that exists both within the schools and the University. Uniquely our trainees get experience in post 16 and special school establishments as part of their training.

Expectations are very high and the learning environment is fun, yet challenging and designed to create outstanding teachers. High quality support will be available at all times to help trainees on their journey towards becoming exceptional classroom practitioners.

Interview process

You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews include:

  • exploration of curriculum knowledge
  • discussions about relevant experiences
  • a presentation or small teaching exercise
  • written task

We also look for:

  • good communication skills
  • potential / suitability to be a good teacher
  • robustness to cope with the demands of the course

COVID-19: This interview may take place online.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Consideration is given to specific disabilities and other needs in line with the Equality Act, which promotes a fair and more equal society and protects individuals from unfair treatment. Hereteach Alliance follows Wigmore School’s Equalities Policy and Accessibility Plan.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachingschool@wigmore.hereford.sch.uk
Telephone
01568 770323
Website
https://www.hereteach.org.uk/train-to-teach/
Address
Wigmore High School
Ford Street
Wigmore
Herefordshire
HR6 9UW

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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