Taught course

Secondary in Music (Lead School Partner Route) PGCE with QTS

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally:

Hold or be expected to gain a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject.

Have GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics

Apply for Teacher Training through the Department for Education’s Apply service.

Safeguarding / Suitability

All successful candidates who receive an offer of a place for this course and choose the University of Chester as their Firm choice will be required to undergo checks with regards to their suitability to practice. 

A couple of months prior to admission to this course, the University will contact you to request that you complete a self-declaration form detailing any relevant convictions or other information that you believe may have an impact upon your ability to undertake work with children or vulnerable adults.  You will also receive instructions on how to complete an online application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University as a registered body, there will be a charge for this.

Please note that the University does not accept previous DBS checks from other registered bodies or the update service.

Months of entry


Course content

In conjunction with Secondary Lead School partners, the University of Chester offer Music (11-16 with sixth form enhancement) as a subject specialism leading to the award PGCE with QTS. Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher. We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

Music is taught in conjunction with Lead Secondary Partners.

Salop Teaching Partnership and Wade Deacon Trust.

The University of Chester Partnership has a rich history of developing highly skilled, knowledgeable teachers, and has a high employability rate. Our Partnership has learning at its heart, combined with passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning. We will provide you with the support you need to become a critically reflective evidence-based practitioner through a combination of academic challenge and school learning.

An unusual aspect of the Chester experience is the enrichment module, which will support you in developing your expertise and employability in different educational settings, e.g. nurseries, SEND schools, post-16 provision. Strong pastoral care is a key aspect of ensuring your success on this demanding but fulfilling course.

In essence, the course will start you on your professional journey as a teacher. We aim to provide high-quality education and training, and modules will provide you with: critical understanding of pedagogy, assessment and curriculum critical knowledge, understanding and skills in specialist age phases and subjects critical knowledge and understanding of wider professional issues, e.g. behaviour management and inclusive practice enrichment opportunities 120 days of school-based learning in a minimum of two schools

Information for international students

English Language Requirements

IELTS: Overall 7.0 (no less than 5.5 in each band)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services