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PGCE Secondary Education Music

Learn about the course below
September 2017
1 year full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU)
£12,500 (INT)
Course leader
Joshua Emdon

If you're excited by the sound of Music education, then this course will undoubtedly strike a chord. Music is a powerful platform for multi-faceted studying. Our degree, taught by dedicated tutors and supported by outstanding facilities, prepares you with the skills, knowledge and experience to thrive in secondary teaching.

Why study PGCE Secondary Music at Middlesex?

This one-year full-time course enables you to meet the national standards for the award of qualified teacher status. We have excellent relationships with schools in London, Essex and Hertfordshire, and during your studies, you will undertake teaching placements in at least two secondary schools and have the chance to acquire skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. Schools are carefully selected to suit each individual and expose them to a variety of imaginative and thought provoking learning strategies. Key experts from our partner schools are on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support.

Our focus is on developing effective practice in the classroom within the context of the National Curriculum. Content includes the role of the electronic keyboard, computers and MIDI in music education. Your subject knowledge will be broadened to include a good understanding of jazz, pop and world music. You will study the place of curriculum music in relation to other arts and the broader society and instrumental teaching.

Course highlights

  • Our education department is a vibrant and supportive research community that encourages and supports you to flourish in your studies and your career beyond
  • Many of our graduates have their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement
  • The diverse teaching placements enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multi-faith settings and schools in an international, urban environment
  • You will have the opportunity to utilise the Music Department facilities, including the use of audio equipment, state-of-the-art soundproof practice rooms, and a concert hall
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the PGCE Secondary Education Music?

Through interactive workshops, tutorials, lectures and debates, our team of expert staff will equip you with the skills and experience necessary to educate and inspire secondary pupils. You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach your subject effectively.

What will you gain?

In addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to teach your chosen subject, you will also be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children's learning in the selected subject, through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering an effective, all-round curriculum.

  • Modules

    • School-Based Training 1 (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to prepare you during your first school experience. It develops your preparation skills and enables collaboration with your fellow students, subject mentors, and professional coordinating mentors. You will learn to address and meet the expectations specified by the statutory teaching standards. The school-based element of this module lasts for approximately 50 days.

    • School-Based Training 2 (40 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module encourages you to build upon the experience gained in School Experience 1. It aims to provide an extended, individual school experience across the age ranges of 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19. You will undertake 74 days of teaching across a six-month period, so you can address the standards specified by the Teachers' Standards.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the PGCE Secondary Education Music taught?

This is an intensive 36-week course, during which you will be expected to to carry out assignments during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods. You will spend at least 120 days in schools, where you will be teaching for approximately 60% of the timetable. Each period of School-Based Training is over four days each week with one day in University (totalling 60 days) where you will attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Professional studies is a programme of lectures and seminars focusing on contemporary issues in education and professional development. This part of the course takes place partly at the University and partly at school through lectures, workshops and seminars to mixed subject groups. This is a structured programme of English teaching methodology and application workshops and seminars.


Subject studies are assessed in a variety of ways including a school-based special study (a teaching resource). Progressive developments of teaching skills are recorded using criteria-referenced assessment proforma. Professional studies are assessed by a range of written tasks, observations, and teaching and evaluative discussions with course tutors, and school-based mentors and teachers.

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  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the PGCE Secondary Music support your career?

We are proud to have strong and committed partnerships with hundreds of schools located in London and the surrounding area. This means that during your studies you will take part in work placements at a variety of schools, where you will have an opportunity to apply the skills you have learnt. Many students go on to commence their careers at the school where they completed a placement during the course, with more than 95% of students finding employment soon after graduation.

Recent research into teachers' daily experiences by the Department for Education has found that teaching is better at giving you a 'natural high' than many other professions. The starting salary of an newly qualified teacher is at least £21,804 a year (£27,270 if working in inner London) and, on average, teachers’ salaries increase by 30% after the first four years of their career.

Teachers can find career progression in both the classroom and the school’s management structure. You might aspire to become the head of a department, age group or curriculum. And through developing your leadership skills and experience, you could progress to a senior management position, such as deputy head or head teacher (earning a salary of between £42,803 and £113,303).

For more information on salary and career progression, visit the Department for Education’s website.

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