Bristol Cathedral
Music (Z601)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Bristol
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

You will follow the well-established University of Bristol PGCE, with the added advantage of taking the School Direct route. This means that you will spend more time in school while training.

We are keen to recruit accomplished musicians who are passionate about a career in teaching Music. We encourage you to apply if you fit the profile, although places are limited.

One of your placements will be at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, which is a specialises in and has an international reputation for excellence in Music. From the OFSTED report in 2016: “The academy provides an extensive range of enrichment experiences. Pupils and sixth form learners make full use of these opportunities. The range and quality of musical experiences and activities is exceptional, reflecting this specialist aspect of the academy’s work.”

Interview process

Interviews will take place virtually this year. Interviews are with colleagues from the University and the school. If selected for interview, we will brief you fully on what to expect and promptly offer either a place on the programme or some constructive feedback.

How school placements work

You will teach across the 11-18 age range. Placements are in at least two schools, one of which will be Bristol Cathedral Choir School. All of our schools are within five miles of central Bristol, so you won’t have to worry about a long commute when you’re on placement.


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

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • At least a 2:1 degree in this subject

  • GCSE A*-C grades in both English and Maths (ideally B or above in both)

Personal qualities

We are looking for accomplished musicians who are passionate about a career in teaching.

We recruit energetic, optimistic, resilient people. We’re looking for people who recognise the subject’s value as an academic discipline. We encourage individuals with flair and talent to inspire young people.

We love people who are committed to working in diverse communities and getting the best out of disadvantaged children.

Our people have the highest expectations of children and of themselves. We want you to come into teaching to stay, so you can enjoy a rewarding career.

Other requirements

  • You will need enhanced DBS clearance before you start training.

About the training provider

Welcome to an unique opportunity to train in the heart of historic Bristol. We offer a range of schools at both primary and secondary level, including exceptional Sixth Form provision. We proudly serve a diverse community of schools that represent the City of Bristol. We are a highly inclusive organisation that welcomes children of all faiths and none.

The Teaching School is based at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, described by OFSTED in 2016 as a school where “the ethos and culture are outstanding. Pupils from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and values come together in an exceptionally harmonious environment where all are respected, valued and supported to do well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. It permeates all aspects of the life of the academy. The collective sense of moral purpose is powerful. The behaviour of pupils, and learners in the sixth form, and their attitudes to learning are exemplary. They make highly significant contributions to the ethos and culture of the academy. The support for individual and small groups of pupils is hugely impressive in quantity and quality, and highly effective. Pupils and sixth form learners are provided with a rich diet of high-quality experiences to broaden their personal development. The range and quality of musical activities are exceptional.”

We are proud to offer school-based training in partnership with the largest local provider of Initial Teacher Training, the University of the West of England.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs, including but not restricted to: dyslexia; physical, hearing and visual impairments; mental health conditions.

Contact details

Bristol Cathedral Choir School
1, College Square


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Cathedral Schools Trust , College Square, Bristol, BS1 5TS
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