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School Direct (Tuition Fee): Music PGCE

School Direct (Tuition Fee): Music PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Music Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established Music PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance. The Music PGCE introduces students to the broad scope of Music as a curriculum subject across the 11-16 age range. The course is designed to support musicians in coming to an understanding of what it means to be an effective and successful music educator. Our priority is to develop your expertise in a variety of teaching situations, by exploring a range of different teaching styles. We will offer a range of perspectives on the principles of syllabus design, evaluation and assessment. We aim to deepen students' theoretical understanding of educational issues through engaging practical music workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Institute of Education (IOE) offers one of the larger music PGCE programmes in the country, allowing students to benefit from a team of lecturers with a wide range of expertise and interests. Our central London location means that we are able to draw on the world-leading expertise of professional musicians and music educators. For example, in recent years a number of subject sessions have been arranged in collaboration with expert musicians from The London Sinfonietta, LSO St Luke's (Gamelan) and the Kingdom Choir (Gospel). While undertaking placements in our network of partner schools, students also benefit from the wealth of expertise on offer in London and the opportunity to teach music in a vibrant and dynamic setting. This route leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas, including: classroom music and instrumental teachers, music educators, workshop leaders and consultants in National Music Hubs and local authorities, learning and participation programme leaders for professional orchestras, and resident composers in schools.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Subject Studies - Music (30 Credits) - Core
Professional Practice - Core
Wider Educational Studies - Music (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in Music, or other degree subjects will be considered if a high level of musicianship can be displayed. A levels - No specific subjects required. GCSEs - English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.