About the course
This course is designed to develop innovative and highly skilled teachers who wish to inspire young people through music and cultivate their music teaching expertise in a variety of contexts, equipping you to plan and teach engaging and meaningful musical experiences for your school students.
The course is designed to support musicians’ understanding of what it means to be a highly effective and successful music teacher, introducing you to the broad scope of music as a curriculum subject across the 11-16 age range. Our priority is to develop your teaching expertise in a variety of situations, by exploring a range of approaches to teaching music. We will offer a broad range of perspectives on the principles of syllabus design, evaluation and assessment in the field of music education. We aim to develop your teaching through engaging practical music workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials and through critical reflection of teaching and learning with expert musicians and music educators. You will also benefit from the expertise of music teacher mentors on your two school placements.
Our central London location means that we are able to draw on the world-leading expertise of professional musicians and music educators. For example, in recent years a number of subject sessions have been arranged in collaboration with expert musicians from The London Sinfonietta, LSO St Luke's (Gamelan) and the Kingdom Choir (Gospel).
While undertaking placements in our network of partner schools, students also benefit from the wealth of expertise on offer in London and the opportunity to teach music in a vibrant and dynamic setting.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, assessed through written assignments and practical musicianship tasks, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools
The programme is delivered via a programme of ‘Debates in Education’, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
You will spend 120 days across two school placements, working with IOE tutors and a school-based music teacher mentor to support your teaching and planning. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, including many outstanding mentors within highly respected school music departments. The Professional Practice module is assessed throughout these school placements.
Candidates whose applications meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview at our central London location. At your interview day, you will take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and may also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject or phase. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take a self-guided campus tour.
How school placements work
The IoE works with over 500 placement schools, chosen for their quality, excellence in supporting teacher education and to provide comprehensive geographical coverage across a wide range of phases, subjects and specialisms. You will take a minimum of two placements in different schools (120 days in total), each with a dedicated placement co-ordinating mentor, with both schools carefully matched to your needs in terms of location, stage and subject, taking any mobility needs into account. London has more 'good' and 'outstanding' schools than any other region in England and is a world leader in narrowing the gap between the performance of children from a range of different backgrounds. Training in London will provide you with an ideal platform to launch your career in teaching.
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.
- A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in Music, or other degree subjects will be considered if a high level of musicianship can be displayed.
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/ 5 or above. Applicants who do not offer a GCSE may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via www.equivalencytesting.com, achieving at least a grade 5. We do not accept "applied" or "additional" GCSE subjects. We do not accept BTEC, functional skills or Access qualifications in place of GCSEs.
Great teachers are as diverse as the communities they serve. We look for candidates who have a real enthusiasm for engaging with young people, who are as excited about the process of learning as they are about teaching, and who understand that they will learn as much from their students as their students will from them. Sound subject knowledge is important, as well as students’ ability to break down their knowledge and see it through the eyes of someone for whom it is new. We particularly welcome a commitment to improving the lives of individuals and communities through education.
For information about all UCL's statutory requirements linked to Teacher Training programmes please visit our website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/teacher-training/entry-requirements
About the training provider
The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Our programmes are recognised by Ofsted as 'outstanding' in every criterion across Primary, Secondary and Post-Compulsory education (FE).
- We'll support you with the skills and knowledge you'll need from the moment you step into a classroom, but we know that learning to teach is much more than that we'll prepare you to build a rewarding and fulfilling long-term career in education.
- Our focus on quality means that whatever route you select, you will be taught by experts in your subject and education phase, many of whom are world leaders in their field.
- We are committed to supporting education in London, where schools lead the country in performance and pupil progress. We work with around 500 London schools, including long-term partners who work with us to harness our wider research and expertise.
- When you walk into the UCL Institute of Education, you'll join a lively, friendly and diverse community of 8,000 students and more than 600 distinguished academics, committed to improving lives through education and promoting social participation to address local and global challenges.
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