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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Clifton Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Secondary teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This teaching degree provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to teach Music at secondary level. Time is spent in the University and in classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals ready to begin teaching in secondary schools.

The award is offered at two levels. Both are recognised teaching qualifications, but the postgraduate award will allow fast-track entry to Masters courses:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

The choice of which qualification to take will be made while on the course, successful completion of which will lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course aims to develop an understanding of the specialist subject in the context of the National Curriculum, the principles involved in the teaching and learning of the subject across the full age and ability range and the professional values and practice, subject knowledge and understanding commensurate with the particular subject specialism. This includes how children learn and how they develop cognitively, socially and physically and the understanding, skills and personal qualities necessary for managing the learning environment.

All trainees undertake a module concerned with the wider context of schools and education. This develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for your first teaching post in a secondary school. It also builds a foundation for further professional development. Elements of this module include both whole cohort keynote lectures and seminars, many of which are led by mixed groups of trainees supported by tutors. This allows you to meet the Teachers' Standards by making secure connections between issues in school and your own professional practice.

What you'll study

The PGCE secondary course in Music provides the chance to train with enthusiastic education professionals committed to music as an entitlement for all pupils. It offers a broad holistic training for the 11-18 age phase across a wide range of perspectives, including those of pupils, schools, higher education, the LEA, peripatetic, vocational and extra-curricular viewpoints. The course consists of a mix of practical, hands-on experience needed to equip trainees for the diverse range of challenges faced by music teachers in the 21st Century.

The subject teaching part of the course will focus on creative music-making in the classroom, the National Curriculum, examination and vocational courses in music – methodologies, assessment and progression. Developing effective teaching and learning strategies to ensure music is a vibrant experience for all pupils, techniques for enabling effective performance experience for all pupils and composing with and for young people is also explored. Other themes include using music technology in the classroom, world music and issues of classroom management.

Assessment

University-based modules: Learning and Teaching in the Subject, and Learning and Teaching in the Wider Context, are assessed at the end of the modules with reflection against the Teachers' Standards. You will also conduct a piece of research-based, professional enquiry within the classroom, which is assessed by a formal written report and presentation of findings. A separate, formal assessment also takes place in practical teaching.

Careers and employability

The vocational nature of the PGCE Secondary and the fact that successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) means that graduates are ideally placed to pursue a career as a teacher in a secondary school or college.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Nottingham Trent University

  • University League Table

    46th

  • Campus address

    Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ, England

With placements and work experience opportunities, as well as tailored employability support, NTU is focused on the future success of its students.
Students and staff from over 160 countries make NTU's community diverse and dynamic, offering a global experience for all students.
Prestigious, competitive scholarships are available, worth up to half the tuition fee.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 81 7

    72nd out of 85

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    123 62%

    34th

    16
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    36th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%

    33rd

    25
  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    127 59%

    41st

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%

    65th

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