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PGCE Secondary Music

Our one year PGCE Secondary Music with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is a rigorous teacher education programme that will prepare you to teach 11-16 age range. This course is ideal if you're passionate about teaching, music and want to work with secondary-aged young people at a significant stage in their education. 

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Entry Requirements

Honours degree in a subject in which at least half is relevant to the National Curriculum requirements for Music at 2:2 or above.

GCSE Level 4 in Mathematics and English

Successful completion of the Skills Tests

Suitability checks including DBS, CDR and Occupational Health checks are required.

We are offering a £1000 cash bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE.

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Course content

We have a long and distinguished history in preparing new teachers for the primary classroom. Since 1839 we have empowered our students to become confident and inspiring teachers. We are committed to supporting each of our students to succeed through high quality training in partnership with local schools.

This full-time, one year course is designed to train you to apply your knowledge flexibly to a variety of contexts and to model good practice while teaching. You will focus on teaching and learning across the curriculum in secondary schools.

The course runs from September to July and you’ll spend the majority of this time (at least 24 weeks) on placement in schools.

The course enables you to develop your skills of critical analysis and engage with educational research at the same time as developing practical classroom skills through school experience. It is taught at master’s level which will allow you to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification in the future. By the end of the course, you’ll be a reflective practitioner equipped to continue your professional learning throughout your career.

The programme is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools who will support you throughout the year.

“Leaders across all phases provide highly responsive support to enable trainees to overcome any barriers that emerge.” (Ofsted, 2017)

We are offering a £1000 cash bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Subject specialist teaching draws on the resources of one of the largest Music programmes in the UK, with more than 140 staff. these course elements take place in our modern and our historic music buildings, which include Steinway model D concert pianos, Model B and A teaching pianos, well-equipped practice rooms (with more than 50 grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) baroque and modern pitch harpsichords, two three manual organs, orchestral percussion and an acoustically superb performance venue. We have a range of larger rehearsal rooms for chamber music, as well as lecture and seminar rooms, soundproofed band rooms and recording facilities. 

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.  At the end of the year upon satisfactory completion of the programme, you will be awarded a PGCE and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.  Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools. 

Work placements

School placements

The PGCE programme is taught in close partnership with a range of primary schools and early years settings. During the programme, you will experience a number of different placements. These include two extended placements each lasting 8-10 weeks where you will take on increasing responsibility for teaching. In addition, you will have three short group placements including a placement in a special school and a placement in a nursery.

During placements you will be supported by a school-based mentor and a link tutor from the University. School experience provides the opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in education and the wider educational context.

Through the year, you will develop an understanding of teaching and learning, starting by teaching small groups of children and leading to taking on full responsibility for managing the teaching and learning of a whole class.

Indicative modules

There are two subject study modules and two professional studies modules which include:

  • Subject specific teaching 
  • Monitoring and assessment of pupil progress 
  • Lesson planning 
  • Curriculum requirements including National Curriculum, GCSE and A Level 
  • Health and safety 
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Subject knowledge for teaching 
  • Creating a positive learning environment 
  • Curriculum innovation 
  • Developing resilience 
  • Applying for teaching posts 
  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools

Teaching and assessment

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments. 

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

The programme is delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Course fees for 2018/19 £9250. We are offering a £1000 cash bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE.

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services while at University.

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. The charge for courses with a DBS enhanced disclosure check is £44.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our Partnership Schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually exceed 1 hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Financial help available from the University

We offer scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester. We are also offering an Alumni bursary of £1,000 on all PGCE routes. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.