Creative Education Trust Music (N473)

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

Accredited body
NITE: National Institute of Teaching & Education, part of Coventry University Group
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
August 2023


Course summary

This course is supported by Coventry University and prepares you to teach Music to pupils aged 11 to 16.

As an introduction to the course and your cohort you will attend a 2-day residential induction towards the end of August. This prepares you to join the school environment full-time when term begins in September. Initially, you will observe lessons and will be introduced to team teaching and delivery of group sessions as your confidence grows. You will be supported by a Mentor throughout your training year and will not be expected to take independent responsibility for a teaching timetable.

The PGCE aspects of your course will be delivered via virtual webinars, with flexibility built into your school week to allow for this study. You will receive tutor support in completing two assignments, in evidencing your professional practice portfolio and with preparation to present a Viva.

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching. Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful teachers.

Throughout your training you will be collaboratively supported by well-qualified, experienced educationalists from both school and University teams.

School placements

Creative Education Trust will host your training in the school location to which you have applied. You will be supported by our most experienced and inspiring teachers who will develop your teaching practice through instructional coaching and mentoring.

We will arrange a short complementary placement (usually six weeks) in one of our other Trust schools. Teaching in an alternative setting ensures that you benefit from a varied and balanced experience and enables you to meet the DfE professional practice requirements to achieve ‘Qualified Teacher Status’. We are considerate of your personal circumstances and commitments when selecting the school in which you will be placed.

The relatively brevity of your complementary placement, allows you to invest your primary focus in the school life of your main host school. You will be regarded as a member of your departmental team and will have the opportunity enjoy continuity in your teaching groups; developing your expertise alongside that of your pupils!

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We are able to accept the following equivalency courses and

Personal qualities

Through your motivation, enthusiasm and passion for a subject, you can make a difference to students. Teaching is full of challenges and extraordinary rewards and the best teachers nurture creativity, discovery and character development in students.

Other requirements

Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.

Applicants must also obtain an Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service and a satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.

Fees and financial support

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

Fees are for 2023/24 academic year and subject to change.

Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the Coventry University library

About the training provider

Creative Education Trust is a network of 17 schools educating 13,500 children and young people. We are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for children of all abilities and to building cultural capital through a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Our teacher training ethos echoes our commitment to the young people in our schools: to promote creative, integrated and pro-active thinking, ready for the challenges of the 21st Century. We work in partnership with a number of ITE providers to ensure that we are able to offer opportunities in a broad range of subjects throughout our geographically diverse Trust schools.

Creative Education Trust is committed to offering trainee teachers the best opportunities to grow and learn surrounded by supportive and experienced colleagues. Whilst we are unable to guarantee employment, historically 100% of our graduating School Direct trainees have been employed in Trust schools and continue to be supported in their development through the Early Career Framework.

If you would like to explore opportunities to join us, we currently offer School Direct training at the following schools:

Ash Green School (Coventry), Wrenn School (Wellingborough), Weavers Academy (Wellingborough), Abbeyfield School (Northampton), Milton Keynes Academy (MK), Ellis Guilford School (Nottingham), Bulwell Academy (Nottingham), Lynn Grove Academy (Great Yarmouth), and Caister Academy (Great Yarmouth).

Should you wish to spend a day in school prior to submitting your application, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

About the accredited body

The National School of Education & Teaching is a leading global provider of initial teacher training and postgraduate degrees in education and educational leadership. They are accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) in England to recommend the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Interview process

Candidates will be contacted by Creative Education Trust to arrange an interview which will take place in the school to which you have applied. For your interview you should anticipate being asked to prepare and present a short lesson, details of which will be provided with ample notice.

Your lesson task will be followed by a formal interview with the Head of the Department and the Lead Teacher Training Mentor.

You may also be asked to complete a short test to assess your ability to process data and work to the level expected for a postgraduate qualification.

The interview process also offers you the opportunity to take a tour of the school and to discuss any queries that you may have. It’s important that you take the opportunity to explore whether our school meets your vision for your teacher training journey.

If successful at interview, the school will make a recommendation that you be offered a place on the course. University colleagues conduct a brief second online interview prior to the issue of any formal offer.

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

Creative Education Trust is committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact this training provider

Ash Green School
Ash Green Lane
West Midlands

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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