UG PGCE Education Secondary and Music

Education Secondary and Music

BA (Hons) + PGCE

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Education Secondary and Music; PGCE
School/s
Bath School of Music and Performing Arts, School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Four years full-time (3+1).
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: 39G7
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Combine your specialist subject with a secondary education degree which leads to a PGCE Secondary.

  • Gain the classroom experience that employers are looking for through placements in schools during each year of your studies.
  • Join our long-standing and highly respected School of Education and benefit from strong partnerships with schools.
  • On successful completion of the secondary education degree, you'll qualify for a guaranteed interview for our PGCE Secondary.

This secondary education degree is designed to enable you to gain real teaching experience before you embark on your PGCE. You'll study Education - in the broader contexts of professional practice, policy, teaching and learning - alongside the subject you're most passionate about.

In teaching, subject expertise and enthusiasm isn't enough to give you the edge. This degree gives you the practical experience of working in schools with young people that employers are looking for. 

The course offers a guaranteed interview for our PGCE Secondary, and is flexible; we'll support you in achieving your aspirations as a professional educator - however they develop during the degree. You'll benefit from our tutors' wealth of research and practice-informed expertise when you join this community of learning and practice.


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Throughout my three years on this course, I've developed a wide and in-depth understanding of the many ways that children learn. I feel confident in applying this understanding to my PGCE year and to my own teaching.

Robert Collard, graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll explore education from many theoretical and ideological perspectives in your core modules. This in-depth knowledge of the education industry, combined with your specialist subject knowledge, gives you that all-important edge when you embark on your professional education career.

Course structure

Year one
The first year introduces key concepts and skills that underpin the subject of Education Studies. In addition, the placement module provides you with a sound introduction to secondary schools via a school placement.

Year two
You’ll consider more deeply the current issues in education, such as pedagogy, pupil voice, special needs, assessment and classroom organisation. You’ll undertake a second school placement, this time with a focus on developing your professionalism.

Year three
This year, the Teaching and Professionalism module prepares you for the PGCE. For your dissertation, you'll explore an issue of your choice and use your creativity and the skills you've gained so far to develop a classroom resource to address it. You'll also have opportunities to engage with PGCE staff and students; this eases your transition to initial teacher training.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework includes essays, group presentations, research-based reports and portfolio-based work. We’ll provide you with prompt feedback and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

How will I be taught?

All modules are led by experienced and respected university staff. Many staff are active researchers and authors in the field of education studies; from the outset, they’ll introduce you to their particular specialisms and research interests. You’ll also benefit from regular visiting speakers – these include headteachers, PGCE staff, practitioners, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Education for Change
  • Introduction to Secondary Schools
  • Changing Schooling

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Issues in Education
  • Professional Practice in Secondary Schools
  • Understanding Classrooms
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Teaching and Professionalism in the Secondary School
  • Education Secondary Research Project part 1

An optional module which may include:

  • Education Secondary Dissertation Project Part 2
  • Social and Educational Inclusion

Please note, not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Opportunities

Schools and placements

We have an excellent partnership with schools where you can develop your understanding of Secondary level teaching.

You’ll attend a placement in each year of the degree for approximately eight to ten days. They usually occur one day a week during a term to allow you to continue with other university studies. We’ll arrange each placement for you. We try to ensure you're located within a reasonable distance from where you live; however, you should normally expect to travel using your own or public transport.

You must be in possession of a Bath Spa DBS disclosure. Details are sent once you have accepted your place with us.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Careers

This course is designed to inform a range of education careers - from classroom teaching to advisory roles that inform policy and practice, both nationally and internationally.

Successful completion of the secondary education degree leads to a guaranteed interview for our Oftsted 'Outstanding' rated PGCE Secondary course.

Our students often enter the teaching profession in local schools and a range of other settings and benefit from continued participation in the community of research and practice here at Bath Spa.

2022/23 Academic Year

We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Your Secondary Education modules are based at Newton Park campus. You'll also undertake placements in schools in each year of your studies.

You'll benefit from access to a wide range of excellent facilities, including:

You'll have access to the PGCE team, particularly in your final year as you transition to initial teacher training, and you'll also benefit from talks by guest speakers and incoming experts. Access to our research centres will give you the opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest in teaching research and excellence.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £15,240
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals who are curious, reflective and interested in their subject areas. You’ll be motivated, committed and keen to push the boundaries of your knowledge and get the best possible preparation for your future career.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below. All applicants will also be required to hold GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science.

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC in any subjects.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Entry requirements for PGCE courses

The entry requirements for subsequent interview to the PGCE programme may alter (for example if the DfE changes entry requirements for PGCE courses). You’ll be advised of any changes during the degree.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

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 pages.

Course leader: Eleanor West
Email: e.west@bathspa.ac.uk 

Three year course

Discover who you are as a musician and develop the expertise you need to thrive in your future career.

  • Develop your own musical identity as part of a vibrant and immersive creative community.
  • Learn new practical, technical and transferable skills and use these to professionalise your practice.
  • Understand the contexts in which you work and engage with the creative industries.

What kind of music do you want to make? Our practical degree in Music places this question at the heart of everything you do, asking you to think about your identity as a musician and how you relate to the world around you. As part of our music community you'll undertake projects that challenge you to explore what it means to be a performer, composer, educator or writer within a contemporary context. We'll help you develop your skills as a musician, supporting you to extend and transform your practice through building on your interests and experiences while introducing you to new perspectives. Together we explore real-world contexts, deepening your understanding of cultural forces, the technology needed to make and share your work, and the practical professional skills needed to thrive within music and the cultural industries.

As a Bath Spa music student, you'll be part of Bath School of Music and Performing Arts. Based at the Michael Tippett Centre, you'll have access to a range of purpose-built facilities and collaborate with students from other courses across the University. We have weekly performances featuring students, staff and visitors in the Performance Forum, and host a weekly visiting composer through our Creative Sound Forum, giving you the opportunity to interact with professional musicians. You'll also be able to join a wide range of groups and ensembles from different musical traditions, giving you a space to try out your ideas and deepen your experience of practical music making. We work towards public presentation of your music, culminating in SparkFest each summer, part of Bath International Music Festival, as well as programming events and publishing creative practice online throughout the year.

Music at Bath Spa gives you a wide range of valuable experience that you can demonstrate to potential employers and take with you into your future career, while giving you the space to explore who you are as a unique musician.


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What you'll learn

Overview

Throughout this Music degree you’ll explore practical performance in areas such as classical music, jazz and contemporary styles, extend your creativity through composition, and investigate musical contexts from the medieval period through to the present day. You can also study areas including music psychology, community music, and ethnomusicology. Over the three years you’ll develop ways to apply what you learn to help your future career and understand current issues within the music industry.

We have a vibrant and active musical community, with an exciting range of ensembles open to all students. This includes choirs and instrumental ensembles of many genres, including our own Javanese gamelan, mbira, ukulele, folk, traditional, and experimental music groups.

Course structure

The course is structured around modules which focus on four strands: performing, creating, understanding and employing music, with each module having a lot of choice as to how you develop your skills and understanding in a way relevant to your aspirations. The first two years immerse you in new ideas and experiences, culminating in your final year independent study which gives you a space to explore your ideas in a large-scale project.

Year one
You’ll study performance, including regular one-to-one instrumental/vocal lessons, and learn exciting concepts and tools used in composition to create music in a wide range of styles and genres. You’ll study music technology in our industry-standard labs. Ethnomusicology combines lectures on music and culture with practical global music workshops, while musicology combines lectures and seminars on key current topics in music with research and study skills.

Year two
You’ll develop skills in teaching and in the area of music management and promotion through the professional module and have the option to undertake a placement in a musical organisation. You'll continue to develop your performance skills, explore at a greater depth the strategies for creating your own music, learn forward-thinking ways to analyse music and increasingly specialise in areas of particular strength and interest.

Year three
You’ll have the freedom to explore your own musical identity in a wide range of specialisms, depending on your career aspirations and goals, with a full spectrum of independent study options. You'll also choose from a wide range of supporting modules designed to prepare you for the professional world of music; practical research skills will enable you to challenge the status quo and apply composition skills to interdisciplinary environments.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through coursework, including creative artefacts, written and spoken presentations, and through practical assessments such as recitals and public ensemble performances.

How will I be taught?

The Music course is taught through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons.

You’ll be taught by, and work alongside, a creative community of experts. Full-time staff are all practising performers, composers and researchers.

You’ll also be taught by visiting staff, many with international reputations.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Performing Music 1A (Musicianship)
  • Creating Music 1A (Tools)
  • Understanding Music 1A (Historical Contexts)
  • Performing Music 1B (Practices)
  • Creating Music 1B (Concepts)
  • Understanding Music 1B (Global Contexts)

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Performing Music 2A (Skills)
  • Creating Music 2A (Skills)
  • Understanding Music 2A (Analysing Music)
  • Performing Music 2B (Specialisms)
  • Creating Music 2B (Strategies)
  • Understanding Music 2B (Practical Research in Music)
  • Employing Music (Production 1)
  • Employing Music (Production 2)
  • Work placement
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Performing Music (Independent Project)
  • Creating Music (Independent Project)
  • Understanding Music (Independent Project)
  • Employing Music (Independent Project)
  • Performing Music 3A (Identity)
  • Creating Music 3A (Applications)
  • Understanding Music 3A (Rethinking Music)
  • Employing Music 3A (Community & Education)
  • Performing Music 3B (Professional)
  • Creating Music 3B (Interdisciplinarity)
  • Understanding Music 3B (Research as Product)
  • Employing Music 3B (Management & Industry)

Opportunities

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad for a term or longer in year two – we have links with university music departments and schools in Europe, particularly Germany, and the USA. We also welcome overseas students into the department on placement every year which further enriches your experience as a music student.

Performances

We give regular performances throughout the year on campus, in Bath and further afield. Each year we stage opera and musical theatre productions, as well as running events in the city and wider region. We have a wide selection of ensembles and facilitate forming your own groups as part of the performance strand of the course.

Creating music

We have a very active community of composers, improvisers, producers, songwriters and sound artists at Bath Spa and our open and exploratory approach to making work gives you the space to find your own voice. You can make work for and with other students, collaborate with practitioners in other disciplines such as dance, drama or film, and produce a final portfolio of work which will help take you to the next stage of your career as a creative practitioner.

Fieldwork

In years two and three, you'll have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork related to your creative and research projects, as well as running and participating in activities with community music groups. We also give performances in accessible venues off campus, including the Holburne Museum and the Museum of Bath at Work.

Work placements, industry links and internships

You can choose to take a Professional Placement Year in your second year to develop the personal and professional skills employers are looking for in a competitive job market. During the course you'll explore the constantly changing needs of the creative industries sector in particular, benefitting from masterclass sessions from leading international musicians, composers and performers, as well as experts from the music industry.

Recent placements have included the BBC Proms, Dorling Kindersley, Bath International Music Festival, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, BBC Music Magazine, and Real World Studios.

Careers

Graduates from BA (Hons) Music at Bath Spa go on to successful careers in a range of roles including those in education, special needs and community music, performance, composition, promotion, publishing and other aspects of the music business.

Student prizes

We offer three cash prizes in performance, composition and ensemble to students in their final year. The University also offers a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards.

2022/23 Academic Year

We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Based at the Michael Tippett Centre, we have excellent facilities including:

  • A purpose-built concert hall with superb acoustics
  • 17 practice rooms, three with electronically variable acoustic
  • A wide range of medieval, renaissance and baroque instruments, and a large collection of percussion and orchestral instruments
  • A Javanese Gamelan
  • A high spec music technology laboratory
  • Five recording studios
  • Two band rehearsal rooms
  • Large, well-stocked Music Library and a wide range of online music resources.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £15,240
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals who are curious, reflective and interested in their subject areas. You’ll be motivated, committed and keen to push the boundaries of your knowledge and get the best possible preparation for your future career.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below. All applicants will also be required to hold GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science.

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC in any subjects.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Entry requirements for PGCE courses

The entry requirements for subsequent interview to the PGCE programme may alter (for example if the DfE changes entry requirements for PGCE courses). You’ll be advised of any changes during the degree.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

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 pages.

Course leader: Tom Worley
Email: t.worley@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course

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