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PGCE Secondary Music

NB: This course is closed for 2020 applications. Applications will reopen in September for 2021 entry.

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Institution C58

UCAS 3CM7

1 Year Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For alumni applying for a PGCE degree there will be a £1000 bursary available.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

 

Bursaries and scholarships

Did you know you could receive up to £28,000 tax-free funding to support your postgraduate teacher training? Find out more about government bursaries and scholarships available. 

 

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.

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 bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE.

Read our PGCE brochure for more information.

COURSE START DATE 

This course starts in September

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  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.

Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone to help with any enquiries, over 80 open access work stations and Costa Coffee.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans.

Teaching Resources

Teaching resources at the University of Chichester

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis campus to see our assortment of materials.

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. 

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the Bognor Regis campus and the facilities it has to offer. 

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

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

DBS and School Experience Costs

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.

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). 

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

 Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

 Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

Financial help available from the University

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