The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.
This PGCE course, which is closely linked to the Royal Northern College of Music, will prepare you for a career in music teaching and challenge your thoughts about music education. The Specialist Instrumental Teaching route combines learning to teach music in the classroom and teaching your instrument (wind, brass, percussion, strings or voice) in different contexts.
Our award-winning Brooks building in Manchester has specialist music facilities, including practice rooms.
A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.
Applicants should note these are two separate PGCEs within the same programme so they will need to specify which one they are applying for.
These courses are available via University led and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
1 year (September to June)
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £14,400 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Optional Estimate: £400
Compulsory Estimate: £0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs /
Manchester Campus and the Royal Northern College of Music
Features and benefits of the course
- State-of-the-art music facilities at the Brooks Building in Manchester
- Experience in a diverse range of schools and colleges
- Choice of University led, School Direct or Assessment Only routes to Qualified Teacher Status
- Opportunity to apply for enrichment experience overseas
- Course includes 60 Masters Level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree
- Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching
- Close links with our Educational and Social Research Institute
School placements are central to the course. Trainees on the University-led ('Core') route typically spend at least 120 days on school-based training. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.
Placements are organised by Manchester Met and will be in at least two different schools or colleges and ranging from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.
School Direct trainees are attached to a specified ('lead') school within an alliance of schools and will typically spend at least 135 days on school-based training, depending on the term-times of the school(s) involved. The lead school organises placements.
All trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a four week enrichment experience overseas. These help to develop an international educational perspective and provide the chance to gain some teaching experience in an international school. Enrichment is in addition to PGCE units of study and opportunities may differ year on year, for example, in 2016 trainees were placed at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus or Norway or public schools in Orleans, France.
About the course
The music input of these courses is based at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and we have a long-established reputation based on an extensive schools and colleges partnership.
We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.
Typical units of study may include
Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate.
There will be a focus on:
- Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
- Working in multi-professional teams
- Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
- Learning and teaching strategies
- Managing students' behaviour
- Planning and evaluating students' learning
- Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities
Practice Credit 1 – Induction Phase
This unit runs during the first five weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with 8 full day's placement in a school or college. Where opportunity allows you may also attend the placement in subject groups (or in pairs) and will have a programme of activities planned by University tutors in consultation with the Subject Mentors in the departments used for the placement. Most of the sessions in this unit will be scene setting around schools, the curriculum, KS3 strategy and current issues, with a focus on addressing current developments in subject teaching that can be explored in the induction placement.
Practice Credit 2 – Teaching Placement Block A – Formation of Personal Practice
This unit runs during the Autumn Term for approximately 8 weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with 32 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. They will follow a common pattern of placement based activities but their progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.
Practice Credit 3 – Teaching Placement Block B – Development of Personal Practice
This unit runs during the Spring and Summer Terms for approximately 10 weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with approximately 45 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. You will then follow a common pattern of placement based activities but your progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.
Practice Credit 4 – Enrichment Phase
The Enrichment Unit requires trainees to demonstrate evidence that they have met all QTS Standards. In this case, the unit will provide you with challenging and innovative collaborative opportunities, both within and beyond your subject area, and in a variety of alternative settings. Indicative Standards that you may focus on for innovative practice include:
- Reflecting on and improving your practice, and taking responsibility for identifying and meeting your developing professional needs.
- A developed creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation, being prepared to adapt your practice where benefits and improvements are identified
- Gain a secure knowledge and understanding of your subjects/curriculum areas and related pedagogy which will enable you to teach effectively across the age and ability range for which you are trained
- Establish a purposeful and safe learning environment conducive to learning and develop the ability to identify opportunities for learners to learn in and out of school contexts
- Work as a team member and identify opportunities for working with colleagues, sharing the development of effective practice with them.
This unit seeks to develop and support the 'Reflective Professional' with a focus on your development of critical and reflective thinking in a mixed subject group. It will allow you to identify professional concerns and consider issues outside your subject-based 'comfort-zone' of knowledge and experience. It aims to strengthen the pedagogic and philosophical links between Subject and Professional & 'Programme' elements. The unit seeks to integrate personal study with school wide issues and will thus include opportunities to investigate research methodology for placement-based research. Professional Practice is a bridge between subject issues and school placements, allowing you more lateral space and perhaps actively promoting research into such matters as the ECM agenda; specialist school status etc.
Subject Pedagogy (Music/Music with Specialist Instrument Teaching)
This double-weighted unit seeks to develop your ability to reconceptualise your knowledge and understanding in the subject and to apply this to your planning, preparation and classroom teaching in an effective manner.
This unit is inextricably linked with the other units which run concurrently and enable the unit outcomes to be demonstrated in a range of complementary contexts. This unit is designed to extend your interest, knowledge and confidence in your subject, as a subject within the curriculum and to extend your development of an analytical and critical attitude towards the teaching and learning of your subject in classroom, group and individual contexts. This unit will develop your understanding of pupils' response to teaching strategies, to help you to plan for a gradualist approach to teaching and the broadening context of your experiences.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.
Additional Information About this Course
Fitness to teach - You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment if required. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University. Professional Suitability - Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies. Course specific regulations - Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on condonement of failed marks.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/secondary/staff/
Why study in Manchester?
Manchester - a truly international city
Manchester is an international city, with world class transport and infrastructure, not only to regional locations, but nationally and globally. Home to one of the largest international airports, Manchester really is a gateway to the world.
Building on our impressive location and accessibility, we are a University with big ambitions. With a recent £350m investment in our facilities we have provided impressive new facilities for the School of Art, Hollings, Business and Law and most recently the superb £139m Brooks Building, home to the faculties of Education and of Health, Psychology and Social Care. With our investment, we have modernised the student experience, providing state of the art facilities and equipment to support you in your studies.
Located at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan Manchester City Centre our Manchester Campus is home to over 30,000 students and provides a fantastic student experience- the combination of a dynamic academic centre and a vibrant, cultural and social scene attracting students from across the world.
Why study at Manchester Met?
Manchester Metropolitan University is placed in the top 3% of global universities and with an international student population of over 3,000, the University hosts students from over 130 countries and has a strong global presence. The University’s extensive international student population is supported throughout the entire student journey, from application, pre-arrival and induction and during study. For more information on international student support please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international.
We are experts in teaching, enterprise and research, providing international students with the academic experience and professional support they need to achieve their goals. Our academic teaching staff, professors and researchers are experienced professionals at the forefront of their fields, with well-established links in their area of expertise. The University's Education and Social Research Institute is one of the leading UK centres for educational research. 67% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 100% of our research impact being rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
The Faculty of Education has a well-established partnership with over 1,500 schools, colleges and a wide range of other educational organisations allowing for rich knowledge exchange activity and engagement in diverse community based projects.
The award winning Brooks Building is home to the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, providing superb specialist facilities for the education of teachers, those working with children and young people in related professions, such as Early Years, Inclusive Education and SEND and Youth and Community Work, as well as those interested in the broader sphere of Education, alongside , Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Physiotherapists and those working in allied Health professions.
A community campus, the ground floor is open to the public and provides a drama studio and dance space, sporting and social facilities, cafés and green spaces for individual study, meetings and informal group working. There is also a Physiotherapy and Acupuncture clinic.
The upper four floors provide specialist teaching equipment and facilities such as:
- Student Resource Centre, including 'making' area to practice classroom skills
- Art and Design gallery space and studios
- Music performance and practice spaces
- Design and Technology workshops for resistant materials, textiles and food specialisms
- Computing with ICT
- Science laboratories
Dedicated student support
The Faculty of Education has a dedicated student hub on the ground floor of the Brooks Building providing a wide range of support services and advice. A Careers and Employabilty Service is also available at the Business School, offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year.
Get involved in university life
As a student in Manchester, you can join a range of student societies which are run by the Students' Union. These include many sport and special interest societies and the International Society.
Enjoy everything Manchester has to offer
Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and second only to London as the most popular city for students in the UK. Our city centre campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unforgettable city and our home in the Brooks Building, is just a short walk from the retail and cultural heart of the city centre.
The city and region are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London is only a two hour train journey away. Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with flights to a huge variety of European and International destinations.
Living in Manchester
Manchester is world famous for its football, legendary music and a thriving arts and cultural scene with many museums, galleries and festivals to explore. The city is a hive of creativity and inspiration due to its rich industrial heritage and offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan quality of life. That is why Manchester was voted UK’s most liveable city in 2015.
Find out more about what Manchester has to offer.
Campus accommodation is available for postgraduate students. There are also a number of nearby districts and suburbs popular with students wishing to live in privately owned accommodation.
Typical entry requirements
You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. 2:2 or above is normally required, or you must possess and show the necessary skills as a musician and an educator.
Music is a unique subject and we have several high quality trainees who have had degrees in non-music subjects, but through professional work have shown the necessary skills to enter the course.
For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
All applicants require GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Maths at point of entry.
Experience in educational settings
Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.
You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.
Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
How do I apply for this course?
UCAS Code: 2C77
UCAS Code (Specialist Instrument Teaching): WX3C
Applications for University led and School Direct PGCE routes should be made online via UCAS Teacher Training, www.ucas.com for 2017 entry.
Career options after the course
Manchester Metropolitan University is very well respected for producing high quality music teachers and trainees from these courses have gone on to work in a variety of contexts.
Although the majority of trainees progress to teaching music in the classroom, or working for music services as instrumental teachers, trainees have also gone on to:
- Teach music abroad
- Take further degrees in performance, composition and education
- Teach music in a special educational needs context
- Teach music at A level or above
- There are also opportunities for further study.
98.6% of our PGCE Secondary Leavers* were in work and or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2014/15.
We offer an extensive Professional Development Programme, including Masters awards in Education, Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs, and specialist subject routes.
There are opportunities to study to PhD level at our Education and Social Research Institute.
* Of those who responded to the DHLE survey and were available for work.
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