The Sussex Schools Partnership Music PGCE course is offered as a 1 year full-time programme or for 2 years part time. Successful candidates will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.
An identity as ‘musician in the classroom’ and the ability to facilitate creative music-making are fundamental attributes of a successful Music teacher. During the Music PGCE Course you will consider your pivotal role as a musician bringing together music from in and outside the classroom, build on your existing skills and develop subject knowledge in unfamiliar areas. Whether your background is western classical, pop, world or music technology you will broaden your horizons to new styles and genres.
The course is highly interactive and delivered through seminars, discussion, tutorials and practical workshops such as singing, improvisation, composing and world music. Imaginative workshops, develop your confidence and expertise in approaches to GCSE and A level, creative teaching and learning strategies, and directing extra-curricular musical activities.
We incorporate ‘hands on’ music technology sessions to develop skills and consider how technology can be effectively integrated in the classroom.
The Sussex course brings together education theory and practice encouraging you to critically reflect on approaches to learning and teaching. Excellent teachers from our partnership schools are seconded to the tutor team and contribute additional currency to teaching and trainee support.
The course starts with a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your school placement. Full-time candidates spend Monday to Thursday each week training in one of our partnership schools and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors. Part-time candidates attend the university on Fridays and train for two days a week in school in year 1 and three days in year 2.
Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and will be required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.
The course benefits from the presence of the acclaimed Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (ACCA), a world class inter disciplinary arts space in an iconic grade 11 listed building on the campus.