The Secondary PGCE ‘Musicians in Education’ is a collaboration between Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the University of Greenwich. It combines our expertise as one of the country’s leading conservatoires with a long tradition of teacher education at the University of Greenwich. The aim of the programme is simple: to prepare flexible and creative musicians who are confident working across a range of educational contexts. In addition to working in and qualifying for the formal school context, you will develop the skills to lead young people in making music in other settings too.
This innovative programme seeks to develop flexible and creative musicians who can make a real impact in schools and other educational settings. It attracts graduate musicians from diverse musical backgrounds and turns them into confident classroom practitioners and music leaders.
The programme comprises two elements: subject and professional training (60 days at the Avery Hill Campus or Trinity Laban in Greenwich) and school-based experience (120 days). The latter is spent mainly in two contrasting secondary schools although a small number of days during term 2 are spent working in alternative music education contexts.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
- Professional e-Portfolio (Level 6) (15 credits)
- Professional Studies and School-Based Research (Level 6) (45 credits)
- School Experience A (15 credits)
- School Experience B (15) (15 credits)
- Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 (30 credits)
- Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 2 (30 credits)
Further information on each module can be found on the University of Greenwich website.
Training is provided through collaboration between Trinity Laban (16 days) and the University of Greenwich (44 days), and is underpinned by significant placement learning opportunities within the schools sector (120 days, of which 10 are placements in alternative contexts with Trinity Laban's partners). These elements will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to teach in secondary schools, and you will be formally assessed against the national statutory requirements for Qualified Teacher Status.
In addition to practical teaching experience gained in two main schools, the partnership between Trinity Laban and the University enables you to gain training and teaching experience outside of classroom settings, for example in instrumental/vocal teaching for a Music Hub, school Musical Futures or community rock/pop projects, or leading orchestral outreach projects. As part of a collaborative team you will also design, coordinate and lead a two-day immersive creative composition project in a school.
In support of this work, you will be able to undertake instrumental/vocal lessons with Trinity Laban's outstanding teachers (for an additional fee) and will also be mentored by subject specialist teachers from whom you will receive daily feedback and guidance.
Further information on teaching methods can be found within each module description listed on the University of Greenwich website.
By gaining Qualified Teacher Status you become a qualified teacher for both the maintained and independent sectors. The majority of our graduates become secondary music teachers. However, there are other opportunities, such as working for local authority music services in instrumental teaching or curriculum support. Some students use the skills they have developed to pursue a career as freelance workshop musicians.
Written assignments and observation of teaching in relation to the Teachers' Standards. The postgraduate certificate offers an opportunity for Masters level credits to be gained through submission of appropriate assignments.
Further information on assessment methods can be found within each module description listed on the University of Greenwich website.
- A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in music, or a 2.1 degree where music is a significant component
- PLUS GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent)
- A high standard of practical musicianship demonstrated through performance at interview
- It is recommended that applicants spend some time observing in a secondary school before interview.
Fees and Finance
For the academic year 2017-2018, the tuition fees are:
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to inflation and changes in government policy.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
|UCAS||W3X1 (Institution Code: G70)|
|Location||King Charles Court, University of Greenwich and school placements|
|Duration||1 year (Full-time)|
|Start Date||September 2018|
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