Taught course

Secondary Music with Specialist Instrument Teaching with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

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Entry requirements

You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification or you must possess and show the necessary skills as a musician and an educator. Music is a unique subject and we have several high quality trainees who have had degrees in non-music subjects, but through professional work have shown the necessary skills to enter the course. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach music, using your skills and to deliver the music secondary school curriculum and specialist instrumental teaching.

This is a practical course where you will be immersed in music making, teaching and encouraged to use and develop your musical skills.

We teach you through practical sessions, and you’ll consider topics such as pop music, dance, gamelan, song writing and developing your subject knowledge. As part of the specialist instrumental teaching, you’ll also study a range of models of music education including Dalcroze Eurythmics, Kodaly, etc. through working and learning with various experts (both nationally and internationally) in these fields.

You’ll explore immersive ways to teach music and how to encourage pupils to engage with musical experiences.

One of the unique aspects of this course is that you’ll develop a range of skills in the classroom and in an instrumental setting and you’ll be able to see how these overlap and inform each other. Instrumental settings can range from group sessions in a primary school, teaching advanced violin to student working towards college auditions or delivering a whole class Samba lesson weekly with year 7 classes.

We have a partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and we hold regular study and support sessions there, so you can explore specialist teaching with an expert in your field, in previous years our students have received specialist French Horn teaching sessions. At RNCM, you’ll usually have the opportunity to experience guest lectures and concerts.

To help you explore how trips can benefit your students, you’ll typically be encouraged to visit a variety of musical venues across Manchester. This includes theatre schools and music organisations with outreach programmes.

When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE Music group. They are one of your greatest learning resources.

You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, specialist instrument practice and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.

You’ll also learn through peer-collaboration, sharing knowledge with your fellow music trainees.

You won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in instrumental settings and schools too. You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools – gradually becoming the class teacher.

This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Will Evans