COURSE OVERVIEW We believe music has an important part to play in education. We are committed to producing inspirational teachers who can develop the subject and inspire their pupils.
The PGCE in Secondary Education: Music course at Birmingham City University explores the knowledge, skills and understanding that music as an art form offers young people in the context of secondary education.
It seeks to develop confident, dynamic and creative teachers who are committed to making music accessible for all; have an understanding of how pupils learn and can plan musical encounters which will ensure progression and development in music as a practical area of activity, and are creative in their approach to practical music making with pupils.
KEY FACTS This is a professional teacher training course that leads to Qualified Teacher Status and it is available at both Level 6 (H) and Level 7 (M).
There is the opportunity to complete an optional Instrumental Enhancement.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class.
We are justly proud of our educational standards and facilities, which include two specialist music classrooms and seven practice rooms, five of which contain dedicated computer-based recording/sequencing equipment. There is also a fully equipped sound recording studio and Apple Mac computers for sound manipulation.
In the latest Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Survey (2011-13 aggregated data) 95 per cent of Birmingham City University trained newly qualified secondary teachers rated the quality of their training good or very good.
We also have ample resources and instruments for you to use in music teaching across the education spectrum. The department prides itself on having the most up-to-date published music education resources for both primary and secondary education.
All students are guaranteed outstanding support from both their tutors at the University - all of whom have been exceptional classroom teachers themselves - and from the partnership secondary schools, of which there are more than 200 across the Midlands.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.
For entry onto a teaching course from September 2014 you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the Department for Education website for further information.
There is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.
As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your expertise in music and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.
Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
COURSE STRUCTURE This is an intensive and demanding course for those who are able to demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to educating young people and is excellent preparation for the teaching profession.
You will be expected to attend every day at either University or school. Typically, there are school placements one day per week throughout the course, except during block placement periods.
At its core is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject-specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of workshops, lectures, seminar groups and individual study.
To complement this is a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy. This includes opportunities to work with the Birmingham Music Service as an instrumental teacher for part of the course. This instrumental enhancement is optional and is subject to a selection procedure when you have been accepted onto the course. Specialist subject knowledge is up-dated throughout the course to ensure trainee teachers are fully conversant with curriculum requirements
ASSESSMENT Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Professional Development Profile is verified by mentors.
FURTHER STUDY Our MA Education and Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) programmes are designed to serve the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of teachers. Birmingham City University trained teachers with PGCE credits at level 7 benefit from advanced standing on these programmes.
EMPLOYABILITY This is an “11-16” course with post-16 enhancement, offering graduates maximum flexibility when looking for a teaching post. Employment prospects are excellent based on consistently high employability scores and demand for Birmingham City University trained secondary music teachers.
HOW DO I APPLY? All applications for 2014 entry need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website. For more information on how to apply for a teacher training course please visit the UCAS how-it-all-works information page on their website. The UCAS Teacher Training helpline number is 0871 468 0 469.