ELTSA School Direct
Music (E262)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Pennine Lancashire SCITT
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

This is an exciting new course, you will spend time either here at The Hollins or in one of our 22 schools who form part of the East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance. Our programme is accredited by the Pennine Lancashire SCITT.

The course will provide you with critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to Music:

You will become a reflective practitioner develop a deep understanding and application of subject knowledge understand how to assess this subject and curriculum developments that are taking place in key stages 3-5


You will be assessed both in school through observations of your practice as a teacher and are assessed against the Teaching Standards required for QTS through the development of a portfolio of evidence from your placements. The PGCE academic assignments support the professional development you are engaged in during the school based element of the training. Comprising of essays; evaluations of school-based teaching and learning and presentations. They will support you to link your practical experience and reflections to educational theory to ensure your students outcomes are the best they can be.


In school, you will have a subject coach and a Professional Mentor who will support you to make outstanding progress through timetabled coaching sessions. Through the PLSCITT you will be supported to develop your pedagogic understanding and your classroom practice. By being part of The East Lancashire teaching School Alliance you will be able to engage in any of the ELTSA CPD programmes and subject networks that take place throughout the year and will have the opportunity to work with trainees across other subjects, key stages and settings. Enrichment

Trainees are expected to take advantage of a variety of enrichment opportunities that will challenge and extend their skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include Duke Of Edinburgh, after school clubs, educational trips and visits and being part of the pastoral team.

Interview process

Interviews will usually take place within a week of your application being approved. There are three stages to this process including a written task, a 20 minute taster lesson and a panel interview with a subject coach and a professional mentor. The interview is an opportunity for you to show us your enthusiasm and passion for teaching.. All aspects of the interview day are considered and will you will be informed within a week if you have been successful. As the lead school of the East Lancashire teaching School Alliance we have a range of placement schools across the locality. For more information visit http://eastlancstsa.co.uk/eltsa-school-direct/ The UCAS website is also a great source of general information and there are some useful short films available on this site where advice is given around personal statements and preparing for interview.

How school placements work

On an ELTSA School Direct programme you are placed in 2 schools during the year. These schools are all members of the East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance.

Your time in school is supported by a subject coach and a professional mentor. Being in School from the beginning ensures that you are fully integrated into school life and become a part of the school community. A member of PLSCITT is attached to each school and is responsible for quality assuring your training and is on hand for any additional support you may need.

All trainees are part of the ELTSA family and are free to take part in ELTSA subject networks and ELTSA CPD,

Your second placement runs from February to June, this ensures you are fully integrated into two different schools and experience different t classes and teaching styles.

School based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by your subject coach and your professional mentor. The course is delivered through a number of methods including workshops, lectures, seminars, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. You will also join ELTSA ITT trainees at ITT conferences held 3 times a year looking at safeguarding, behaviour and SEND.

This School Direct programme will help you develop the skills and expertise needed to be an outstanding practitioner.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000

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.



Our 2020-21 entry requirements for our ELTSA School Direct programme are as follows:

  • A first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course. If you are in your final year, a successful outcome should be predicted by the referee.

  • A standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics. You must have met this requirement prior to commencement of the course.

  • *we will assessing your proficiency in both literacy and numeracy at interview

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have a real passion for being in the classroom and who want to share their love of for music with our students.
You will be passionate about your subject, dedicated to developing your craft and have the children in East Lancashire at the centre of your decision making. We want teachers who are willing to go the extra mile to make a difference to our students lives.

Other requirements

You will also be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer. Your offer is conditional on completing ALL conditions of entry. These will be made available on UCAS.

About the training provider

What does ELTSA have to offer to teacher trainees?

East Lancashire is one of the most exciting places in the UK to both train to become a teacher and to teach in. We have some of the most economically deprived areas in the UK and the opportunity to make a huge impact on the future of the young people you work with.

The East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance has 26 schools in the Alliance; secondary (including grammar schools), primary and special schools who are working together, sharing talent, skills and experience to improve the teaching, learning, leadership and educational outcomes for young people.

h the ELTSA School Direct programme you will be able to work towards a PGCE, and gain qualified teacher status while training in schools who thrive on developing the next generation of outstanding teachers.

By Joining the ELTSA programme you become part of the school community and train as a professional from day one. In partnership with the Pennine Lancashire SCITT, our programme is designed and delivered by outstanding teachers with a proven track record of developing future teachers and leaders. Many of the staff involved are themselves specialist leaders of education and are experts in their fields.

Being part of the ELTSA family gives you access to our ELTSA CPD programme which goes well beyond the ITT offer and the opportunity to join our subject networks to develop your practice and work with colleagues from across the region. www.eastlancstsa.co.uk

About the accredited body

The Pennine Lancashire SCITT is now well established and continues to expand. They train secondary phase teachers and in partnership with the East Lancashire Inclusion Partnership offer primary and special placements.

The schools involved in the PLSCITT are Alder Grange (Lead School); The Hollins (National Teaching School); Ribblesdale HS (National Support School) and Marsden Heights Community College. The PLSCITT is part of the East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance.


Training with disabilities and other needs

We are able to support candidates with special needs. We can provide:

accessible schools with ramps/lifts etc hearing loops laptop loan for students with dyslexia

The Hollins are a regional hub for Leading a Mentally Healthy School (a SDSA initiative).

Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements

Contact details

Hollins Lane


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