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Secondary (Music) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Music Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This one year PGCE programme will help you bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm for teaching music to children of all abilities from 11-18. With 17 weeks placement experience, you’ll be able to sharpen your skills and fully prepare yourself for your future teaching career. Inspire secondary school pupils to study music through imaginative and practical teaching.

Key features: Draw upon your own expertise in music and extend your own musical knowledge and understanding; Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools; Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements; Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors; Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools; Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations; Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society; Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject; Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module develops the themes introduced in the Teaching & Learning module with greater attention to (i) structures for medium-term planning, and (ii) assessment within the subject curriculum, including the full range of external examinations, through a critical review of the research and literature in the learner's own subject area.

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 GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English and mathematics; An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university; Masters and PhDs count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. If they have overseas qualifications they can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service. They must be able to reflect on some experience in relevant educational setting(s); They will need to pass their Professional Skills Tests (PST) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) tests prior to the start of the course.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more