This is a professional course within the Secondary Initial Teacher Education scheme. The course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status for Key Stages 3 and 4 (11 16). Some training in post-16 teaching is also covered on the course. All courses in the Secondary Initial Teacher Education Scheme have a special interest in preparation for teaching in urban, multilingual contexts. Reflection on teaching practice is ongoing throughout the course and you record evidence of all your experiences in relation to the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
Applicants should have studied music to a level equivalent to the first year of a degree. Relevant professional experience may be accredited as equivalent to the study of music to first-year degree level. A commitment to teaching music in a secondary school is an essential requirement. All entrants are interviewed, which includes a selection test of performance, aural ability, musical understanding and a test of written English. In addition, entrants need to have GCSE at grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English and Mathematics. Equivalent internal tests can be taken by those who do not have these qualifications.
BA Music Education
This is a two year full-time Music Education course. You take eight modules in year 1. Year 2 is a professional course of 36 weeks, with 24 weeks spent in school placements.
Year 1 focuses mainly on the music subject knowledge needed to teach effectively within the National Curriculum and relevant public examination syllabuses. This includes performance, improvisation and composition, music technology, music notations, world music, contemporary musical styles, analysis of the elements of the school curriculum for music, musical learning and progression in an urban school. You increasingly address issues related to professional practice.
Year 2 involves 36 weeks of professional education and training in common with PGCE courses and focuses on the professional requirements for gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as a teacher of music. The professional year is mostly school-based with University sessions on a wide range of aspects concerned with teaching music in urban schools.