Bath Spa University Music (W3X1)

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

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
September 2023


Course summary

Our four key principles of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and care form the foundation of our practice and partnership. They are interwoven through all aspects of our curriculum and across university and school training. They form the basis of our commitment to social justice.

The Bath Spa ITE Partnership Curriculum is an ambitious curriculum which has been developed with our Partnership Schools. It is a carefully sequenced and integrated curriculum which comprises 8 components:

  • Professional behaviours and responsibilities
  • Subject, pedagogical and curricular knowledge
  • How pupils learn
  • Planning for Learning
  • Adaptive teaching and inclusion
  • Assessment of pupils
  • Managing behaviour and the environment for learning
  • Pupil health and wellbeing

Throughout the programme you will gain, apply and refine your knowledge of teaching, pedagogy and classroom skills. A blended approach to learning has been adopted which provides face to face teaching as well as time to access key materials online. Opportunities exist for you to meet and learn from current classroom practitioners ahead of school placements.

As part of your academic award you will undertake two assignments which will contribute 60 credits towards a Masters award. These assignments are informed by the relevant research literature and theories that will complement and enrich your professional practice whilst enabling you to develop your subject expertise.

Engage and inspire your pupils and share your love of music. Develop their talents and boost their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Study for a Music PGCE in a truly musical city and become a life-changing music educator.

The well-established Music PGCE at Bath Spa University offers exceptional teaching and facilities. There is a strong emphasis on world music, with local musicians and music educators often invited to lead workshops and share best practice. You’ll get outstanding support from our partner schools with their training mentors, lead trainers, local music hubs and musicians.

You’ll explore issues essential to teaching and learning, drawing on the latest research and practice in music education. Throughout the course, we’ll focus on planning, assessment, developing resources and developing new skills and subject knowledge. You will gain a thorough understanding of what Ofsted look for in music education and you’ll be encouraged to get involved in additional musical opportunities such as delivering workshops in primary school, shadowing visiting instrumental teachers or working with pupils from a special school. Above all, you’ll learn how to involve, motivate and encourage pupils, whatever their abilities or backgrounds.

School placements

Bath Spa Teachers (BSTs): The Partnership believes that from the start of your journey to be a well-educated and highly skilled teacher you are a ‘professional teacher in training’. In recognition of this, you will hold the identity of a BST, rather than a trainee. You will embrace the professional qualities and attributes expected of a professional teacher, and colleagues who train you will respect this status.

Placements: During your PGCE you will experience a range of school settings that help you to develop your understanding of life in a secondary school and to support you on your journey to becoming a teacher. The university will arrange two teaching placements in secondary schools and a short placement in a primary school. During your course you may also gain experience from other school contexts arranged by your academic tutor.

Each secondary placement starts with familiarisation weeks to give you time to get to know the school context and its routines as well as the colleagues you will be working with. You will also be provided with a timetable that will enable you to build up your teaching experience, develop your skills and also learn from other education professionals each week.

Throughout your school placements you will continue to be supported by your academic tutor and you will meet regularly with them. During your placements you will be allocated a school training mentor; each school also has a Lead Trainer who will oversee your experience within the school setting. You will meet formally with your school training mentor each week to discuss your learning, you will also be provided with regular feedback on your progress.

School training mentors and Lead Trainers are provided with training each year. This ensures that they are aware of all requirements of your PGCE with QTS training and also the systems that support it. The university and Partnership schools work together on the ITE Partnership Curriculum to ensure all aspects of your training are carefully integrated and sequenced.

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

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Other requirements

During your training with us, we will implement, support and assure your competency in Fundamental English and mathematics, as required for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Fitness to train to teach check to ensure you are medically fit to take a teacher training course.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks – this is the Government scheme, to enable the identification of people who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults. For more information visit: GOV.UK/DBS

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,400

Please note, these are the fees for 2022/23. Fees for 2023/24 will be published in January.

Financial support from the training provider

Bath Spa University offer bursaries to PGCE students who are eligible for Home student funding. Please visit Bath Spa University PGCE Bursary for further information.

About the training provider

Bath Spa University has a long and successful tradition of Initial Teacher Education dating back over 70 years. Newton Park campus was opened as Bath Teacher Training College in the 1940s, and the University, in partnership with local schools, is now the largest provider of teacher education in the area, extending across all counties in the South West and beyond.

The Bath Spa University Partnership provides a challenging and highly effective training programme that takes place in university and school. You will learn our ambitious ITE Partnership Curriculum both in University and School and be supported by subject and phase experts throughout the programme. Successfully engaging with our ambitious ITE Partnership Curriculum will ensure you are highly employable with a secure foundation for your role as an Early Career Teacher.

Our belief that all children deserve the very best teachers was important to our Partnership in those early days, and is still central to our practice today. We believe that education plays a key role in promoting social justice and reducing social inequalities, and that well qualified and highly skilled teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the learners they teach.

Bath Spa University has been awarded a Grade 1 ‘outstanding’ for its Primary and Secondary ITE programmes by the quality regulator Ofsted, which is the highest grade that can be given.

Training with us will ensure you become the very best teacher that all children and young people deserve.

Interview process

The interview is your opportunity to demonstrate your desire to become a teacher and to enrich the lives of young people. Interviews will take place online; early application is highly recommended.

Your application will be reviewed by an Admissions Officer and a member of the Secondary PGCE team. If you are successful you will be offered an interview date. You will be asked to:

  • Complete a Subject Knowledge Audit
  • Read a text about a current educational issue that you will be asked to summarise and discuss with an academic tutor.
  • Prepare a subject presentation

During the interview day, you will be welcomed to the interview by a PGCE Programme Leader who will provide a detailed introduction to the PGCE with QTS Programme and answer any questions you may have.

Individual interviews are conducted by Academic Tutors and colleagues from school who have expertise in the subject you have chosen to study. The individual interview lasts around 20 minutes.

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

Student Wellbeing Services Questions about mental health, money or wellbeing? We provide professional advice and guidance, to help you make the most of your studies and university life.

Disability and Accessibility All students should have an equal opportunity to experience university. We provide confidential information, guidance, and practical support to students with a disability or specific learning difference.

Mental health and wellbeing Mental Health Practitioners are available to speak with applicants and current students about your situation and explore options. You can get help liaising with external services and access short term counselling at Bath Spa.

Money Advice We give students practical advice on managing money, financial entitlement and sourcing additional income. Our aim is to enable you to take control of your finances.

Further information can be found on our website, Bath Spa University Student Wellbeing Services

Contact this training provider

01225 876180
Newton Park Campus
Newton St Loe
Bath and North East Somerset

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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