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University of Reading: PGCE Secondary Music

Institution University of Reading
Department Institute of Education
Study type Taught


Examine a range of pedagogical approaches to music teaching, including workshop-led and informal approaches to learning. This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Music course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.

You will be taught by staff with national and international reputations as experts in the field of music in education. Your tutors are a diverse and experienced community of academics.

Learn through a series of practical seminars and workshops in our purpose-built music and music technology studios with extensive resources of music, instruments and equipment.

Teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.

Sessions may include participating in workshop style sessions with your peers; attending presentations by subject experts; working on tasks in groups; having individual tutorials; visits to schools or other education settings; visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest; and writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies.

We also have an incredible collection of teaching and research resources housed in the Learning Hub.


Develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers — you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.

At Secondary level we have strong relationships with around 80 schools in the local and surrounding area. Most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education.

On your Secondary PGCE course you are required to carry out three placements in two different age groups — ensuring you receive a broad range of experiences. Two placements must be undertaken in a school setting but the third can be taken in a different setting - allowing you to sample teaching in an alternative environment.

We offer our students an unusually flexible and broad range of settings and educational environments - you will have the opportunity to gain experience in special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums, and charities.

You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your course to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in observation of other teachers, planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups, planning and teaching lessons and sequences of lessons, reflecting on and evaluating your teaching, receiving feedback on your teaching, and gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers.

School Direct

This subject is also available via School Direct as well as the University-based route. Those students following a School Direct route may be studying for a PGCE or for QTS only. However, all students come together as a subject group in University sessions.

Those taking the PGCE will spend more time in the University than those taking the QTS-only course. The PGCE will involve writing assignments that are designed to help trainees to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate their developing knowledge and skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. Successful completion will result in 60 Masters-level credits.


The majority of our graduates go into schools and inspire children to develop into happy confident and well-informed individuals. Or you could take your educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.

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