About the course
This teaching degree provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to teach Music at secondary level. Time is spent in the University and in classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals ready to begin teaching in secondary schools.
The School Direct secondary course in Music provides the chance to train with enthusiastic education professionals committed to music as an entitlement for all pupils. It offers a broad holistic training for the 11-18 age phase across a wide range of perspectives, including those of pupils, schools, higher education, the LEA, peripatetic, vocational and extra-curricular viewpoints. The course consists of a mix of practical, hands-on experience needed to equip trainees for the diverse range of challenges faced by music teachers in the 21st Century.
The subject teaching part of the course will focus on creative music-making in the classroom, the National Curriculum, examination and vocational courses in music – methodologies, assessment and progression. Developing effective teaching and learning strategies to ensure music is a vibrant experience for all pupils, techniques for enabling effective performance experience for all pupils and composing with and for young people is also explored. Other themes include using music technology in the classroom, world music and issues of classroom management.
You will be invited to an interview with one of the Rutland Teaching Alliance partner schools as part of the selection process. At this interview, you will have an opportunity to take part in a number of school-based activities during a normal school day.
They will include:
*An opportunity to meet with the subject Team Leader and other colleagues
*Teach part of a lesson to a small group
You will also be invited to a second interview at Nottingham Trent University.
How school placements work
The lead school organises your placements within the teaching alliance.
The School Direct course is a flexible approach to teacher training. The majority of your time will be spent in the school, training in the classroom and being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. On Monday's you will also spend time studying at the University.
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.
Financial support from the training provider
As a School Direct trainee, you will be entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses.
If you are a UK or EU trainee, you should be eligible for a student loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant to cover the cost of your study and will only start paying the loans back when you start earning over £21,000 per annum.
You may be eligible to receive a training bursary, dependent on the subject you train for and a degree classification.
*A good UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2.2 with at least 50% focused on subject areas that are very closely related to the subject that you wish to teach.
*GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths
*A levels (or equivalent) in the subject you intend to specialise in.
Following the interview, strong candidates who are not able to demonstrate graduate level knowledge in the subject they wish to teach may be offered a place on the course subject to successfully completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in the subject prior to commencing your teacher-training year.
About the training provider
The Rutland Teaching Alliance is a partnership of outstanding providers ranging from Primary Schools through to Higher Education Institutes. Our shared vision is to raise the achievement of all students within Rutland and to respond effectively to the professional needs of staff locally and within the surrounding counties.
Our Alliance brings together a wealth of experience and expertise at all levels including those of National Leaders in Education and we work in close partnership with Nottingham Trent University through our successful School Direct scheme.
Over the last 5 years, 100% of Rutland Teaching Alliance trainees* have been in employment contracts as NQTs by the end of the course and 98% of trainees starting the training gained QTS in the last 3 years (National figure 90%).
- those actively seeking employment
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Rutland Teaching Alliance are committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. Together with Nottingham Trent University, we will:
- ensure that people are treated solely on the basis of their abilities and potential, regardless of race, religion or belief, age, gender reassignment, marital status or civil partnership, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or maternity, sex or any other inappropriate distinction;
- promote diversity and equality for all staff and value the contributions made by individuals and groups of people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and distinctive backgrounds;
- promote and sustain an inclusive and supportive study and work environment which affirms the equal and fair treatment of individuals in fulfilling their potential and does not afford unfair privilege to any individual or group.
If you have any specific questions, please contact the Rutland Teaching Alliance or visit the Nottingham Trent University support page.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
John Ferneley College
Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE131LH
Uppingham Community College
High Street W, Uppingham, Rutland LE15
Support and advice
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