About the course
You’ll explore the skills and knowledge that music as an art form offers at secondary education level; and train to become a confident, dynamic and creative teacher with the ability to make music accessible to all. You’ll discover how pupils learn and explore ways in which you can plan musical activities that will ensure they progress and develop their musicality.
Exploring an inclusive and rich approach towards music, you’ll prioritise active music making to promote musical thinking and learn how to inspire and enthuse your pupils by taking them on an exciting and stimulating musical journey.
Techniques used link many different forms of music and music making. These can be used to help pupils to become more self-confident, informed and culturally aware.
This course has strong links with local musical organisations such as Birmingham Music Service, the largest Music Service in the country. The course provides the opportunity to experience music education from a variety of perspectives, including organisations that form part of the Birmingham Hub for Music Education like Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and mac Birmingham.
A key feature of the course is how we promote technology enhanced learning both in terms of developing beginning teachers and also how music technology can support teaching and learning in schools.
Our PGCE Secondary Music also allows you to choose to take an instrumental route and focus more of your training in this way.
You will be required to attend one interview at Holte School. The interviewing panel will be made of the Lead School Direct Person at Holte School, The Head of Department and a representative from BCU. Interviews include:
• exploration of curriculum knowledge
• discussions about relevant experiences
• a presentation or small teaching exercise
• written task
We also look for:
• good communication skills
• potential / suitability to be a good teacher
• robustness to cope with the demands of the course
How school placements work
You will spend two-thirds of your time – at least 120 days – working in the main school with another short placement (5 weeks) on a second placement gaining valuable real-life experience in schools. The 120 days will be split over a minimum of two placements in art and design departments. You will gain direct teaching experience and work with experienced practitioners in the classroom. School placements are predominantly in West Midlands secondary schools in one of our school alliance. You will be assigned a trained mentor and/or a tutor while on placement, who will support and guide your work, as well as provide training and feedback.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
- An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.
- GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics at the point of enrolment.
Full entry requirements can be found on the page for each course on our website: www.bcu.ac.uk/education
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Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying any other safeguarding checks required for this course.
While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.
About the training provider
Holte School is the lead School for School Direct, We work with BCU and we never give up in our aspirations for tomorrow’s teachers. Our student teachers will be ‘the village’ it takes ‘to raise a child’. We aspire to prepare teaching generations of professionals to teach generations of young people.
Our courses are taught by staff who are experienced professionals and maintain links with their sector to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course. Many are research active, contributing to scholarship in education, childhood and youth.
Placements form two-thirds of our School Direct courses, giving you the opportunity to get hands-on and apply and grow your skills in some of our school alliance, ensuring you gain experience in a variety of educational settings so that you’re ready for employment when you graduate. Holte School is an inner-city school and we work closely with BCU which is located in the City South Campus in Edgbaston, which has recently had a £41 million extension giving us excellent specialist facilities.
Our aim for when you graduate is that you can think for yourself, critically and reflectively determining what’s best, not what’s easiest. Our graduates are very employable with many taking jobs in the West Midlands. 99% of our School Direct PGCE Secondary and 98% of our PGCE School Direct Primary students were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
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Training with disabilities and other needs
Holte School, the Alliance and the University aim to provide an accessible environment and a range of support services to enable disabled students to participate fully in all activities of the University. We believe a person is only disabled when confronted by negative attitudes and environmental barriers. We are working towards creating a positive, supportive and inclusive learning environment across all the University’s sites and faculties.
We have staff who support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions. These specialist staff also provide information about additional funding such as Disabled Students’ Allowances, run a Personal Assistance Scheme and offer a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service.
Our campuses are fully accessible with accessible toilets (having hoists), hearing loops in lecture theatres and networked assistive technology including Claro Read and Inspiration. In addition, we have PCs at our City South Campus which are designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
For further information and advice, please visit: www.bcu.ac.uk/student-affairs
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