Taught course

School Direct Secondary Music

London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Entry requirements

For PGCE or PGCE School Direct the minimum entry requirements are as follows; UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent) GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent) QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy Relevant UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent. Normally a BMus or BA in Music, if a combined degree it should contain at least 50% Music. You will be expected to be a strong musical performer A Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (London Met Health Check) you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. Further details on these requirements: Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course you must take and pass the QTS skills tests as required by the NCTL. If you have not already passed this test this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion. In practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview. Prior to interview London Met strongly recommends that you have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school. In the interview your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools will be assessed. In particular as our placements are based in London you should have an awareness of multicultural and other arising issues when teaching in urban based schools. You may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience. Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required. A full GCSE is recommended but we can also accept equivalences (see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers). If these routes to confirm a GCSE are unavailable then an internal test in maths or English may be offered to applicants that have been offered a place. This is normally only available if your offer has been made very close to the course start date. The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, Naric and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the NCTL. Applicants with 3rd class degrees can apply. However, this qualification must be strongly supported by postgraduate study at Master's level and relevant work experience. Note that you will be in competition for a place with applicants that meet and exceed our minimum entry requirements. If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying. We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

Months of entry


Course content

By choosing to train as a teacher with London Metropolitan University, you will be joining a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work with the University to offer you an exciting and challenging course to launch your career. Previous students have told us that you will be exceptionally well supported by 'inspirational' (Ofsted 2011) tutors who act as 'critical friends'. Our trainees attain highly with 99% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course. Employment prospects are excellent with many students offered employment in their placement schools. London schools are the “international education success story of the past 10 years”’ (Husbands IOE).

The course is designed to prepare students to teach music in today’s urban schools.
Throughout, there is an emphasis upon the student as a ‘musician-teacher’, making use of their own skills and understanding to create opportunities for real musical experiences for their pupils. Students are encouraged to test the boundaries of the subject and develop creativity in their own practice as well as in the classroom.

Music technology has a central role to play in today’s schools and it naturally forms an important part of the course.

You will be expected to develop your own musical skills, knowledge and understanding through workshop sessions on listening, singing, instrumental performance, composing, improvisation, arranging and recording.

Most taught sessions will contain some aural training and practical music and will include an activity that can be readily used in the classroom.

Applying through the PGCE School Direct at London Met application process the course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status. Please see the ‘How to Apply’ section for the UCAS Provider details of our partner schools. Please note there is no allocation of core places at the University for entry 2015/16.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202