Taught course

Secondary Education Musicians

University of Greenwich · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: • A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in music, or a 2.1 degree where music is a significant component • PLUS GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). • Candidates must attend an interview. • A high standard of practical musicianship must be demonstrated through performance at interview • Candidates must pass pre-entry skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme, for more information see: www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening. • It is recommended that applicants spend some time observing in a secondary school before interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative programme seeks to develop flexible and creative musicians who can make a real impact in schools and other educational settings. It attracts graduate musicians from diverse musical backgrounds and turns them into confident classroom practitioners and music leaders.

The collaboration between the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance combines a long tradition of teacher education at the university with the expertise of one of the country’s leading conservatoires.

There have been various attempts in recent years to make more coherent provision for young people’s music education and the key to success is effective collaboration between different partners as well as teachers/leaders who understand young people’s own interests, passions and motivations. The PGCE programme aims to develop the student teacher’s subject knowledge, musicianship and teaching skills as a preparation for teaching music in a wide variety of educational contexts.

Both the postgraduate and professional certificate enable students to gain an academic qualification (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop breadth and depth in subject knowledge and musicianship
  • To promote an openness to the values of all musics
  • To develop a critical attitude to different pedagogies and the statutory curriculum


The programme comprises two elements: subject and professional training (60 days at the Avery Hill Campus or Trinity Laban in Greenwich) and school-based experience (120 days). The latter is spent mainly in two contrasting secondary schools although a small number of days during term 2 are spent working in alternative music education contexts.

  • Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 and 2 (60 credit
  • Professional Studies and School-based Research (45 credits)
  • School Experience (30 credits)
  • Professional E-Portfolio (30 credits)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000