St Mary's College
Music (3BHM)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited provider
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This salaried course is unique in the East of England since it combines secondary initial teacher training for the music curriculum (11-18) with specialist instruction in providing one-to-one/small group instrumental tuition (from beginner to advanced, for ages 3 to 19).

It is offered by St Mary’s College Academy of Music and Performing Arts – a large, vibrant professional music teaching faculty, that employs over 12 music teachers and works across 9 primary and secondary schools in Hull (City of Culture).

The programme provides an ideal balance of school-based experience with professional and subject-specific training. The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the option to complete a Masters Level Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the University of Hull.

You will be fully integrated into the music department at your host school where you will learn from an experienced mentor and other host teachers. You will receive training in how to teach across the 11-18 age range, including techniques for managing classroom behaviour and ensuring pupils of all abilities and needs can learn and make good progress. You will also have opportunities to teach post-16 lessons and get involved in a range of extra-curricular music and performing arts activities, events and trips.

You will not be "thrown in at the deep end". You will begin by observing

lessons, then try team-teaching before starting to build up gradually towards a teaching timetable which includes Key Stage 3 and 4 classes and one-to-one/small group instrumental tuition (Key Stage 1 to 5). Some of these lessons will be supported by host teachers who can observe and give you feedback and set targets to help you improve further. Other lessons you will teach on your own and then hold follow-up discussions your mentor to reflect on the progress those classes and individual students are making. This approach helps to build your confidence within a manageable timetable so that, by the end of the course, you are able to make a smooth transition to the NQT timetable expected in your first teaching year.

Each week you will receive high quality one-to-one mentoring from a Music specialist as well as core Professional Studies training delivered by Specialist leaders in Education (SLEs). There are also regular Music Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy (SKAP) training sessions, and university-led tuition to support your PGCE assignments.

Interview process

All short-listed candidates will first be asked to complete a literacy and numeracy test, as well as an instrumental audition.

If you pass these tests successfully, then you will proceed to the formal interview stage with a panel that consists of representatives from the School Direct partnership. The interview panel will seek to gauge your potential, motivation and suitability for the teacher training programme, and will ask about your previous school experience, subject/curriculum knowledge, as well as your understanding about education and the role of the teacher.

Candidates are also expected to deliver a mini lesson to some KS3 students as part of the interview. Further details about this will be included in the interview invitation letter.

How school placements work

You will spend the full academic year in your host school, with a second placement in a contrasting secondary school. You will be fully integrated into your host school, so that you feel truly like a member of staff. You will be given responsibilities for morning registration time, your own personal academic tutees to mentor, and you will be invited to join in all relevant school events and activities.

Your two placements will be in high-achieving departments in successful schools so that you are guaranteed to be working alongside excellent classroom teachers, curriculum and pastoral leaders and learning from the best practice. You will have at least one placement in St Mary’s College. Your other placement is likely to be at Kelvin Hall School which is also rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and has an excellent music department.

During the course, you will also spend time in the Catholic primary schools within St Cuthbert's Academy Trust as well as at St Mary's College. This will enable you to gain a breadth of experience at teaching your instrument across the age and ability range from beginner to advanced, and from ages 3 to 19.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £8,325
EU students £8,325

QTS only programme = £8,325

Optional PGCE = £925

Therefore total QTS and PGCE = £9,250

Financial support

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 - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent.

ABRSM grade 8 (or equivalent) for your main musical instrument.

GCSE grade C (grade 4) or equivalent in Mathematics and English.

Professional skills tests to be completed prior to course commencement.

Personal qualities

A proactive mentality: you show initiative, are self-motivated and seek out useful learning experiences and opportunities.

A love for learning: you reflect upon what you have learnt and constantly strive to improve.

A ‘can do’ attitude: you are resilient, determined and flexible.

A collaborative worker: you work well in a team and engage with others to get the best out of situations.

Excellent communication skills, especially communicating with young people

Excellent organisational skills

Humility, empathy and respect

Professional appearance and manner

Other requirements

Recent experience in a UK Secondary school in the UK which allows you to have a clear understanding of the role of a teacher in terms of relevant skills and time commitments required for the profession.

A commitment to safeguarding young people, equal opportunities and raising standards

Following successful interview, all conditional offers will include:

Health and physical capacity to teach standards met (assessed through an occupational health questionnaire)

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Satisfactory criminal record check for overseas

Satisfactory check to ensure there is no prohibition order to teach in UK or European Economic Area (EEA)

About the training provider

St Mary’s College is ideally placed to deliver outstanding teacher training. Nationally, we are a “Top 100” school for Value Added progress, a Department for Education “Teaching School” and one of only two show-case designated “World Class” schools in the UK. Rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, the school has a long and successful record of providing excellent teacher training and support.

St Mary’s College is the lead secondary school for Hull SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). We are also part of St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust, together with seven Catholic primary schools in Hull, so we are able to offer both Early Years and general Primary teacher training opportunities, as well as a full range of Secondary subjects.

Our schools provide a supportive and caring environment in which to train. St Mary's College and the other Trust schools have a Catholic ethos, and, whilst we welcome applications from people with any faith background (or none), you will notice that the atmosphere of tolerance, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation provides both staff and students with the ideal conditions for personal, academic and professional development.

We also offer excellent facilities. All four secondary schools in our partnership - St Mary's College, The Marvell College, Kelvin Hall School and The Boulevard Academy - have benefited from multi-million-pound investment and boast state-of-the-art facilities which provide students and staff with excellent learning and working environments and access to the latest technology.

Training with disabilities and other needs

St Mary's College and our St Cuthbert Trust primaries are fully accessible for wheelchair users with disabled parking bays, ramps, lifts and toilet facilities.

Reasonable adjustments to our internal literacy and numeracy tests for extra time or other adaptations will be made for applicants with identified needs . Further details will be provided on request.

We are fully committed to ensuring equal opportunities and have a successful track record of training previous applicants with dyslexia, or physical, medical and mental health conditions.

It is important to discuss your requirements with us so that we can best gauge how to support you during the application process.

Contact details

St Mary's College
Cranbrook Avenue


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  • Training provider code: 1RU
  • Training programme code: 3BHM

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Name Address Code
Main Site St Mary's College, Cranbrook Avenue, Hull HU6 7TN -

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