The Manchester Metropolitan University Music (with Specialist Instrument Training) (WX3C)

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

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Website
https://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/pgce/

Contents

Course summary

How can students practise music purposefully in the classroom? Are pupils born musically gifted?

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school music curriculum for the 11-16 age range.

This is a practical course where you will be immersed in music making, teaching and encouraged to use and develop your musical skills.

We teach you through practical sessions, and you’ll consider topics such as pop music, dance, gamelan, song writing and developing your subject knowledge. You’ll explore immersive ways to teach music and how to encourage pupils to engage with musical experiences.

We have a partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and we hold regular study sessions there. At RNCM, you’ll usually have the opportunity to experience guest lectures, masterclasses and concerts and also have access to their other facilities including library, practice rooms and IT facilities.

To help you explore how trips can benefit your students, you’ll typically be encouraged to visit a variety of musical venues across Manchester. This includes theatre schools and music organisations with outreach programmes.

When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE Music group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.

You’ll also learn through peer-collaboration, sharing knowledge with your fellow music trainees.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS:

Employability - You’ll have the skills and experience to teach music at GCSE and A/AS-levels.

Schools experience - You should spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gaining experience in mainstream secondary schools.

Route options - You can choose University-led or School Direct routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Postgraduate credits - Following graduation you will achieve 60 masters level credits (one third of a masters degree) and these can contribute to future studies.

Partnerships - We have partnerships with over 1,100 schools, colleges and educational organisations, meaning we are able to provide students with a range of school experiences.

Research-led teaching - Our research centre, the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI), ranks in the UK’s top 10 for research power in education (Research Excellence Framework, 2021) and recent research sponsors include the Department of Education; Wellcome Trust; European Union; Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; Barclays; Microsoft; Siemens and LEGO.

For more information about this course visit our website: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/course/pgce-secondary-music-with-specialist-instrument-teaching-with-qts

School placements

On this one-year course, you’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools.

We know that teaching a class can be daunting, so we’ll help to prepare you before you start your placements. You’ll have a gradual introduction to teaching, observing, getting to know your pupils, classes and teachers, before teaching the classes on your own.

You’ll go to at least two contrasting mainstream secondary schools (such as a school in a rural setting or an inner-city comprehensive) or a college along with some primary school experience.

On your placements, you might experience mixed and single-gender schools, city academies, comprehensive and selective schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form, and further education colleges.

This variety helps you to experience different situations and further develop your practical skills as a teacher.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

2:2 UK honours degree (or international equivalent). Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the national curriculum. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

You might be eligible for Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. Please check the criteria here: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/improve-your-subject-knowledge.

For SKE subjects offered by Manchester Met please check our website: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/stepd/secondary/train-to-teach/.

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.

Manchester Met offers equivalency tests in English and Mathematics - https://www.mmu.ac.uk/stepd/secondary/train-to-teach/.

Please note if you have the following qualifications instead of GCSE English and/or Mathematics, you will be required to pass equivalency test instead: Functional Skills in English or Mathematics, Key Skills in English or Mathematics, Adult Numeracy or Adult Literacy.

Personal qualities

The Personal Statement plays an important role in the admissions process and successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting. Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

Other requirements

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and health check are required. Instructions on how to complete these checks will be provided once you hold a firm offer for this course. General information can be found here: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/disclosure/

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 £18,500

Financial support from the training provider

Please see (https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/pgce-funding/) for information on financial support available.

About the training provider

COULD YOU BECOME AN ORIGINAL INFLUENCER?

As one of the city’s most established providers – with almost 150 years training education professionals under our belts – we know teaching inside out.

In many ways, we think teachers are the original influencers. They inspire. They engage. They explain. And they have a lasting impact on the pupils they teach.

We’ve been educating teachers, practitioners and professionals since 1878. We’re proud of our history. We’re proud of our present. And we’re proud to be one of the largest teacher training establishments in the country. Each year, we welcome over 700 trainee teachers onto our PGCE courses. We have a partnership of over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and educational organisations. We adopt leading research into our teaching through our Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

SHARING SELFIES TO SHARING KNOWLEDGE

Sharing selfies is fun, but there is real joy in sharing knowledge. It’s finding new ways to explain complex theories to students and inspiring a love of learning. Discovering innovative global teaching methods. Using research to make a difference in the classroom.

You might debate how pupils learn when they live below the poverty line or explore the effect of the growth mind-set. You might research ways to include bilingual students in your lessons or global methods of teaching maths and how this could help your class.

Whichever subject you’re hoping to teach, we’ll help you to develop the practical skills you need to teach, to inspire and to engage your class.

Interview process

You will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

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

From study skills to dyslexia screenings - we’ve got it covered - https://www.mmu.ac.uk/student-life/wellbeing/disability/.

If you are a care leaver, estranged from your family, a carer, under 18 or pregnant, we have a dedicated Inclusion Service to help you through your studies - https://www.mmu.ac.uk/student-life/wellbeing/inclusion/.

Come and visit our Open or Visit Days and speak to a member of staff from Disability Service - https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/open-days.

Or simply contact the Disability Service on 0161 247 3491 or (disability.service@mmu.ac.uk)

Contact this training provider

Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Telephone
0161 247 6969
Website
https://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/pgce/
Address
Brooks Building
Bonsall Street
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M15 6GX

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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