The Priory Learning Trust Music (3BS3)

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

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
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 18 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The course is focused on being in school full time from the first day of the school year. You will be allocated a lead school where you will be placed for terms 1 - 6 and then moved to another complimentary placement in a Trust school for term 4. You will spend one day per week during terms 1 and 3 based at your home school receiving dedicated taught provision focused on the Teacher Standards and the skills you need to develop to be an outstanding teacher. You will gradually increase the amount of time you are leading lessons in partnership with your subject mentor. You will receive regular feedback from both your subject and school mentor enabling you to measure your progress and record evidence against the Teacher Standards ahead of accreditation.

The PGCE element of the course comprises of 4 assessments each worth 15 Masters credit and a final portfolio which will be assessed for QTS recommendation. Candidates will have access to a full taught programme from the university and The Priory Learning Trust, based in our training centre at Priory Community School Academy.

We have an excellent employment rate for School Direct trainees for the last 5 years.

School placements

Candidates will be placed during the duration of the course in 2 secondary schools within the Trust. All 3 secondary schools in the Trust are within a 12 mile radius - 20 minute drive of each other. You will be able to teach students from 11 to 16, with the option to extend this to post 16. Candidates will be in their host school for a minimum of 4 days per week.

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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who want to inspire and educate the next generation. A passion for working with children and wanting to make a difference alongside high expectations of self and others is key.

Other requirements

All candidates will require a DBS check before starting the course.

Fees and financial support

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

Financial support from the training provider

Bursaries may be available for trainee teachers starting in September 2022 - further details available at:

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About the training provider

The Priory Learning Trust is based in Weston super Mare in the South West of the UK. The Trust is made up of 3 secondary schools - Priory Community School an Academy, Worle Community School an Academy and The King Alfred School an Academy. The Trust is proud to include 5 primary Schools - St Anne’s Church Academy, Castle Batch Primary School Academy, Pawlett Primary School Academy, East Huntspill Primary Academy and West Huntspill Primary Academy. The Trust provides education for children aged 3 - 18 across the school sites. The Trust focus is students first, cherishing staff and it is proud to now provide education for 7000 students and employ 700 staff.

Those who choose to train with The Priory Learning Trust can look forward to a quality programme which will ensure they are supported and developed by a school based mentor. Delivery of the University content of the PGCE will be delivered on site at Priory Community School, in Plymouth or remotely by specialist staff from across the Trust in alignment with the University of St Mark & St John. Quality Assurance will be provided by the University with University Tutors also supporting and assessing the progress of our trainees.

About the accredited body

Plymouth Marjon University is dedicated to preparing the next generation of teachers for the best profession in the world.

The programmes are designed to train trainee teachers to become highly reflective teachers. The Guardian ranks Marjon as 6th best university in the UK for education courses, out of 80 universities, and 1st in Devon and Cornwall. At Plymouth Marjon learning and teaching is underpinned by research, policy and practice. The Complete University Guide 2021 No. 1 in England for student satisfaction. and the National student survey 2021 ranks us as number 1 in England for Learning Community.

Interview process

Candidates will be invited to an interview in Weston super Mare where they will meet and talk to the school based mentor and the Head of the Training School. They will also be asked to plan and deliver a mini teaching episode to a small group of students to enable us to see them interact with our students.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

All school sites in the Trust are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Support can be provided for trainees with dyslexia in relation to assistive technology. All of the schools in the Trust have supporting staff and student mental health at the heart of their provision with a wide range of support available including access to 24/7 counselling and occupational health where required.

Contact this training provider

01934 529351
The Priory Learning Trust
Weston super Mare
North Somerset
BS22 6BP

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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