Music with The University of Reading

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Website
http://www.reading.ac.uk

About the course

This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Music course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.

Your tutors are a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics. You will be taught by staff with national and international reputations as experts in the field of music in education, and together you examine a range of pedagogical approaches to music teaching, including workshop-led and informal approaches to learning

You will learn through a series of practical seminars and workshops in our purpose-built music and music technology studios with extensive resources of music, instruments and equipment.

Teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. Sessions may include:

  • participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
  • attending presentations by subject experts
  • working on tasks in groups
  • having individual tutorials
  • visits to schools or other education settings
  • visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
  • writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies

These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.

Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.

For more information about this course visit: (http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/pgce-secondary-education-music.aspx)

Interview process

You will generally be interviewed by the Course Leader, and depending on the number of interviewees attending on a particular day, the schedule for the day will look something like that outlined below:

1.An introduction to the music component of the course (group discussion, approx. 10 minutes)

  • Each candidate will perform a 3-5 minute solo on their main instrument or voice to the group. This may be a piece in any style. There is no accompanist provided, so either perform an unaccompanied work, or bring a backing track on CD or other audio file.
  • Each candidate will teach a song of their own choosing to the group. Choose a song suitable for classroom singing with year 7 students. The song may be in any style, and you may use a backing track or accompaniment, or sing a capella. The song must be a maximum of 3 minutes in performance. You will have 10 minutes to teach your song.
  • Each candidate will be expected to realise a simple accompaniment to a folksong-like melody on the piano, guitar, ukulele etc. as if accompanying a class singing session.
  • Individual interviews lasting approx. 20 minutes
  • At the same time, candidates will complete an individual written musicianship test to assess your staff notation reading and writing, and music analysis skills.

How school placements work

Placements enable you to develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers - you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.

At Secondary level we have strong relationships with around 80 schools in the local and surrounding area. It is a testament to the strength of these partnerships and the regard with which our graduates are held, that most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education.

On your Secondary PGCE course you are required to carry out three placements in two different age groups - ensuring you receive a broad range of experiences. Two placements must be undertaken in a school setting but the third can be taken in a different setting - allowing you to sample teaching in an alternative environment.

We offer our students an unusually flexible and broad range of settings and educational environments - you will have the opportunity to gain experience in special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums, and charities.

You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your course to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in:

  • observation of other teachers
  • planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups
  • planning and teaching lessons and sequences of lessons
  • reflecting on and evaluating your teaching
  • receiving feedback on your teaching
  • gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,045

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.

Financial support from the training provider

The University of Reading offers £1000 off tuition fees to University of Reading graduates.

Requirements

Qualifications

We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a subject that is related to the subject that you intend to teach. You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or equivalent qualifications.

You will also be required to pass the QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Personal qualities

If you are passionate about and committed to children's education and would like a a career in which you can make a difference, then apply to the University of Reading. We welcome applications from prospective students who have an understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and the processes involved in learning and teaching.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer with us you will also be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for working with children.

About the training provider

The Institute of Education at the University of Reading is an established provider of high-quality teacher training and research in education. In our latest OFSTED inspection in 2016 all our teacher training courses were rated 'Good'. In the latest national assessment, 80% of our research outputs were rated world leading or internationally excellent, positively impacting educational policy and practice. The University has also been ranked in the top 150 in the world for Education. *

We offer a range of teacher training courses in primary, secondary and early years, as well as a BA in education Studies and MA in education studies. At the Institute of Education we have the research, the expertise and the passion to help others grow into engaged and active citizens; individuals with resilience and the confidence to tackle challenges.

The Institute of Education is a community and the impact of our research and the breadth of our experience feeds directly into everything we do and the world around us. Our networks and the impact of our work are both local and global. Locally, we have well-established partnerships with over 300 schools, who we work closely with to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. Globally, our research, consultancy and other projects extend to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, the USA and Singapore. For more on our programmes visit: (https://www.reading.ac.uk/education/)

*QS World Rankings by subject 2018

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Reading welcomes disabled students and has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service. The service offers advice and guidance to students with any disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD).

If you are unsure whether you wish to disclose your disability on your application, you can discuss the implications of a disclosure in complete confidence, with one of our disability advisers.

We offer support, advice and guidance with:

  • physical disabilities e.g. mobility
  • sensory disabilities e.g. visual impairments
  • mental health difficulties e.g. anxiety
  • medical conditions e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diabetes, autism/Asperger Syndrome
  • SpLDs e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

The Disability Advisory Service may be able to assist in study related support in the following ways:

  • assessing the impact of your disability on your studies and recommend any reasonable adjustments required
  • provide information on funding for study support, including the Disabled Students Allowance.
  • Liaise with your Department including Senior Tutors and Disability Representative on reasonable adjustments, including extensions to deadlines and alternative modes of assessment where appropriate.
  • Flag students (with permission) in order that tutors are made aware of individual requirements.
  • The Disability Advisory Service can provide assistance on arranging non- medical helpers e.g. one to one support arrangements such as mentors and specialist study skills.
  • Liaising with the exams office re special exam arrangements
  • Referral and signposting to other services

Contact details

Email
teachertraining@reading.ac.uk
Telephone
0118 378 5289
Website
http://www.reading.ac.uk
Address
Admissions Office
Miller Building
Whiteknights
Reading
RG6 6AB

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