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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Music Teaching / Training Teaching In Primary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This primary teacher education course is designed for graduates who are committed to becoming primary school teachers. All trainees learn how to teach the entire primary curriculum as well as choosing a particular route. The Primary PGCE with Music route gives you additional expertise in supporting the teaching and learning of music. It is not essential to be a musician, but you should feel strongly about the important role of music in primary schools.

You will learn how to be a primary class teacher. By the end of the year, you will understand how to teach the entire primary curriculum to a class of 30 pupils, and be confident and competent in doing so. You will leave the course with outstanding subject knowledge across the curriculum. You will have an understanding of how to plan and deliver engaging and motivating lessons and how to support your pupils’ progress. You will learn how to identify the strength and needs of your pupils and make sure that everyone in your class is included and challenged. You will understand how to assess pupils’ learning, how to spot the gaps in their learning and how to plan to fill those gaps.

You will be equipped with a range of strategies to keep pupils enthused, engaged and motivated. Everyone on the Primary PGCE learns how to teach the whole curriculum. We will give you the confidence and skills you need to teach every subject. You will also have extra sessions that enhance your knowledge and understanding of teaching music in primary schools. You will be able to think critically about the role of music in schools. You will learn what resources – the technology, the instruments, the outside agencies – are available to support music teaching, and how to evaluate them. You will also develop your own musical skills and learn how to engage pupils in making music.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have 2:2 honours degree. All applicants must have GCSE English, Maths and Science grade A*-C. Applicants must pass a Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy prior to starting the course. They will also need to attend an interview.

University information

The University of East London has 140 practical, career-focused postgraduate programmes in the areas of: Arts Creative and tech industries Architecture Engineering and construction Cultural studies Social sciences Law Business Education Psychology Health Bioscience Sports Many of these are accredited by professional bodies. The uni is based across two campuses in East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park...more

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