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Secondary Musicians in Education, PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as ‘Good’ in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • If you have a passion to teach music to secondary students, our programme provides 120 days of school-based experience, as well as 60 days' subject training
  • We collaborate with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and provide placements in alternative music education contexts
  • Successful students will gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).



Music is more than just being creative. It is a powerful outlet for personal expression.

Both our Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7) and Professional Graduate Certificate (Level 6) seek to develop flexible and creative teachers. We produce musicians who can make a real impact in schools and other educational settings.

Our innovative programme attracts graduate musicians from diverse musical backgrounds. With our training, you will become a confident, qualified teacher gaining both PGCE (professional or postgraduate) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The quality of teacher training in Secondary education was rated as "Good" in the Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report stated that "all trainees were highly complimentary about the quality of the subject training they receive."

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

As a student on our PGCE you will be taught at both the University of Greenwich and one of the country's leading conservatoires, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, based in Greenwich. So not only will you benefit from a renowned teacher education provider, but you will also draw on the expertise of the conservatoire.

We believe the key to success in providing an effective music education for young people is collaboration. This is between different partners as well as teachers/leaders who understand young people's interests, passions and motivations.

Your training

Our teacher training programme promotes joined-up thinking across young people's musical experiences, both in and out of school. We aim to develop your subject knowledge as a student teacher, as well as your musicianship and teaching skills. We thoroughly prepare you for teaching music in a wide variety of educational settings. You will also develop a critical attitude to different pedagogies and the statutory curriculum.

Our PGCE comprises two elements: subject and professional training (60 days at the Avery Hill Campus or Trinity Laban in Greenwich) and school-based experience (120 days). The latter is spent mainly in two contrasting secondary schools. You will also spend a short time during term two working in alternative music education settings.

Both our postgraduate and professional certificate enables you to gain an academic qualification (PGCE) and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


  • 98% indicated that the programme prepared them for teaching learners across a range of abilities
  • 98% indicated that the programme helped them secure employment
  • 84% employed within 6 months of completing the programme (SED 2015-16).

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

In addition candidates must:

  • Attend an interview demonstrating a high standard of practical musicianship
  • Pass pre-entry skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme, for more information see:
  • Pass a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Further information:

  • It is recommended that applicants spend some time observing in a secondary school before interview.

You can apply via UCAS at

Extra information


You will be assessed on your written assignments and observation of teaching in relation to the Teachers' Standards. The postgraduate certificate offers an opportunity for Master's level credits to be gained through submission of appropriate assignments.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


The majority of our graduates become secondary music teachers, although there are opportunities to work as an instrumental/vocal teacher or as a workshop leader.

Specialised equipment

You will be taught at both the University of Greenwich and one of the country's leading conservatoires, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. You will receive 60 days of subject and professional training at our Avery Hill Campus or Trinity Laban in Greenwich.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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Situated either side of Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.

New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 15 min walk)

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