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What will I learn?

OVERVIEW

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school music curriculum for the 11-16 age range.

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. We have a fabulously equipped bespoke music room with access to all forms of acoustic and IT instruments.

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

We have a partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and we hold regular study sessions there. 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, 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 only learn teaching methods with us on campus though, you’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner.

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

CAREER PROSPECTS

Most of our graduates go on to work as music teachers in secondary schools.

The PGCE programme provides you with 60 masters' level credits when you graduate. You could put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your career in the field of education including our new MTeach masters specifically designed for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).

Which department am I in?

School of Teacher Education and Professional Development

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,000.00 (US$ 20,550) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022

Venue

Manchester Campus

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

Greater Manchester,

M15 6BH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

4 Year Honours Bachelor Degree, subject to obtaining a minimum CGPA. If applicants have a Bachelor degree without Honours a Master's Degree will be required as applicants must have previous exposure to research/thesis writing. IELTS (Academic) - 6.5, with no component below 5.5, TOEFL IBT - Overall score: 89 with no individual test score below: Listening: 17, Reading: 18, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17.

For international students

Degree - You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology. 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. GCSEs - You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics. However, Equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science are provided by Manchester Metropolitan University. The School of Teacher Education will accept these equivalency tests for any of its initial teacher education programmes, at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview. We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required. You will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved. Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan is ranked in the world’s top 200 universities under 50 (THE Young University Rankings 2020).

  • One of the UK’s largest universities with over 34,000+ student
  • Triple accredited business school
  • GBP 400 million in ongoing investment
  • Industry links with global companies

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