PGCE Secondary Music


Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

PGCE Secondary Music
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park, Culverhay and partner schools
Course length
One year full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W3X1
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

See 'What we look for in potential students' for more information.

Become a secondary music teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • A culturally diverse, integrated and creative approach to teaching music.
  • Emphasis on music technology and world music – musicians and music educators regularly lead workshops.
  • Start your career in music – the course qualifies you to teach, and opens up many opportunities.

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Music teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

“Studying at Bath Spa has helped me to develop the skills to apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as well as train to be a teacher. The PGCE can be a demanding and stressful year, but given the chance I would do it all again (especially with Bath Spa!)”

Daniel Hurley, PGCE Secondary Music graduate

What you'll learn


Prepare yourself to become a successful member of a secondary school music department; you’ll learn to teach music to pupils aged 11-16 with post-16 enhancement. The programme will enable you to meet the Standards for Qualified Teachers. The programme is structured around two school phases and two university phases.

There is a strong emphasis on music technology and world music during the programme and local musicians and music educators are regularly invited to lead workshops and share lead practice.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

How will I be taught?

You’ll explore quality issues central to teaching and learning, drawing on the latest research and practice in music education. Planning, assessment and developing resources feature in the first university phase, together with music technology and world music sessions. Exploring and developing subject knowledge is an important thread throughout the programme, as is the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge. A situated model of teacher education is explored through group teaching sessions in a local school right from the start of the programme.

During the second university phase you’re encouraged to be involved in additional musical opportunities such as delivering workshops in a primary school, shadowing visiting instrumental teachers, working with pupils from a special school or visiting Wells Cathedral School.

You’ll be taught by highly qualified and experienced staff both in University and in partner schools or other settings.



All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources.


You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £9,250
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Your enthusiasm for music and a desire to enthuse and motivate young people in quality musical experiences should be your main reasons for embarking on this programme.

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above in Music (including Music Technology, Performance etc.) with music as a major part of the degree. In addition a music A-level is also required, and some keyboard skills are desirable.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

Non-academic requirements

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Secondary PGCE Admissions Officer: teaching@bathspa.ac.uk

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