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Secondary PGCE Music (Age Range 11-16)

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  • Objectives
    This programme will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Music. The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further deepen your own subject knowledge. This popular and highly regarded programme incorporates exciting and innovative 'active learning' and fieldwork opportunities as well as extensive educational theory and hands-on practical experience. It was rated grade A by OfSTED inspectors, the highest grade that can be awarded. The University base is in recently-built, specialist facilities.
  • Entry requirements
    If you have a degree in or featuring Music, want to develop the musical abilities and appreciation of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, and wish to learn the latest professional methods to make you a confident and capable teacher, this programme is for you. Take our flexible programme if you: * Already have the required knowledge and experience to QTS standards, and simply require a recommendation for QTS status (Pathway A). * Currently work, unqualified, in a school setting and require the formal PGCE qualification and recommendation for QTS status (Pathway B). * Need the full training programme, but can't attend the one-year, full-time programme (Pathway C).
  • Academic Title
    Secondary PGCE Music (Age Range 11-16)
  • Course description
    What will I gain from this programme?

    Professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence, having experienced the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.

    What will I study?

    The following information is for trainees on the one-year, full-time programme:

    You’ll start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

    During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:

        * Knowledge of essential educational theory
        * Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including composition, performance and appraising
        * Strategies to introduce trainees to a range of live and recorded music from different times and cultures, including from the British Isles, Western classical, folk, jazz and popular genres
        * Understanding of the curriculum and current teaching practice.
        * Ability to plan lessons effectively
        * Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT hardware and software used in schools
        * Deeper subject knowledge.
        * Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

    If undertaking the flexible programme, you may not need to undertake all the above study programme, work placements and methods of assessment, depending on your level and experience and which pathway you undertake.

    How will I study?

    A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.

    The programme includes 'active' learning opportunities, including group work and discussion, presentations and fieldwork.


    You'll spend 24 weeks on placement in schools and colleges and other settings, putting your training into practice through assisting with and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

    Who will be teaching me?

    Knowledgeable, friendly, supportive tutors and outside speakers from a range of backgrounds (eg Arts colleges, Music services), delivering lectures, seminars and practical performance workshops on campus.

    How will I be assessed?

    A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Levels 6 and 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Music.

    You will also undertake the QTS skills tests in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT, which must be passed, and complete a Career Entry Development Profile (CEDP) before gaining your final award.

    Key assignments include:

        * Practical skills test
        * Listening log
        * Teacher support pack for one area of subject knowledge
        * Planning, teaching and assessing a unit of work (including a series of lesson plans)
        * Report on monitoring how pupils develop their musical ability
        * Research project

    What are my career prospects?

    Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS status and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Music. Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

    Further study at Edge Hill University

    As a teacher, you will be keen to build your skills as your career progresses. Edge Hill is the largest provider of Professional Development for teachers in the country. You could gain further qualifications through your work in schools and colleges, or through further in-depth study.

    During your PGCE programme, we will carefully prepare you for your NQT year by helping to identify your continuing training needs. Edge Hill's Professional Development team will continue to support you through your NQT year and be available throughout your teaching career.

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