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.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

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.

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.

You will be placed in at least two schools across the year, so you have experience of teaching in different schools. We guarantee that you will be placed in a school within 5 miles of central Bristol and that you will be able to get to know your colleagues before starting your school placements.

One of your placements will be at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, which 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.”

You will also spend time studying at the University of Bristol and have access to their well-established professional development, resources and support. At the University you will have the opportunity to work with a larger group of trainees in your subject.

At the end of the course, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Bristol, which carries 60 Masters level credits.

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

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 to provide two forms of identification at interview from the standard list available at You will need to complete a suitability Declaration Form at interview. You will need enhanced DBS clearance before you start training.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

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

We offer the unsalaried School Direct route to PGCE, providing placements in one of our nine academies. Successful applicants are welcomed into the CST family through a well-established induction programme. You will be treated as a professional colleague from the beginning.

A significant number of our trainee teachers go on to take up their first post in one of Cathedral Schools Trust’s academies.

About the accredited body

Cathedral Schools Trust works with the University of Bristol for Secondary English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Music & Religious Education.

In 2018, OFSTED reported: “A large and increasing proportion of trainees complete the course to a very high standard and swiftly secure employment.”

“Well-trained, highly committed school-based mentors ensure that trainees are well supported through their training year, assess progress accurately and challenge trainees to be the best.”

“Placements are of a consistently high quality. Decisions to place trainees in schools are thought through with care and are planned well to ensure that trainees experience contrasting schools.”

Interview process

We’re keen to get to know you both as an individual and as a potential teacher. The interview process is also about you getting to know us, so you feel that you can make a firm commitment to training with us.

The process consists of:

  • a visit to at least one of our schools

  • some time spent working with children to demonstrate your strengths

  • an opportunity to make a brief presentation on one aspect of your subject, to demonstrate your potential teaching skills

  • an interview

We will give you much more guidance when you apply. We look forward to receiving your application.

You will be recruited by Cathedral Schools Trust, working in close partnership with the University of Bristol.

Your next step: apply for a School Direct place with Bristol Cathedral DFE Find postgraduate teacher training portal

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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 this training provider

0117 205 1605
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
1, College Square

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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