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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: PgCert in Learning and Teaching in the Arts

Institution Royal Conservatoire of Scotland View institution profile
Department School of Learning and Teaching
Study type Taught


This part-time 60-credit programme provides a unique opportunity for arts educators to upgrade their teaching qualifications and obtain a PG Cert qualification that has been designed to develop teaching skills for the arts. It is delivered on a part-time basis through a blended learning model, which includes a mix of face-to-face sessions, online sessions, one-to-one tutorials and independent study (distance students can study the programme fully online, accessing the face-to-face sessions through a video conferencing platform).

The programme is designed to allow arts education professionals to integrate their studies within their professional teaching contexts. The process of professional enquiry that underpins all modules requires students to engage in a critical analysis of their teaching and arts practice in order to identify and address their own developmental priorities at each stage.

The programme is designed to appeal to individuals who have a role as an arts educator within an informal context, such as a:

Community Arts Tutor Participatory Arts Tutor Private Tutor Dance Tutor/Teacher Tutor in a pre-HE organisation Freelance Teaching Artist or within a formal context such as a:

Further Education lecturer/tutor Higher Education lecturer/tutor Visiting Guest Tutor in a school Instrumental Music Instructor Teacher in an International School Lecturer/tutor in an International Higher Education context GTCS registered primary teacher GTCS registered secondary teacher* Early Years educator Professional Recognition AdvanceHE and HEA Fellowship

*For lecturers/tutors working in a further or higher education context with learners at SCQF Level 7 or above (or equivalent), this programme leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

**GTCS registered teachers who have a remit for an arts subject within their school teaching context can use this programme to build evidence of their commitment to their professional learning as an arts educator. We include the following within our definition of an ‘arts subject’: music, dance, drama and art and design.

For all participants, the programme can be used to develop knowledge and skills as an arts educator and to build an evidence-base to demonstrate commitment their professional learning in designing and delivering learning activities.

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a place like nowhere else … powered by performance, its people and their passion.

Established in 1847, RCS is consistently recognised as a global leader in performing arts education. In 2021, RCS was named as one of the world’s top three destinations for performing arts education by the QS World University Rankings.

RCS offers undergraduate and postgraduate tuition across the specialisms of music, dance, drama, production, film and education. To study at this institution is to be immersed in a creative and collaborative arts community with students from more …

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