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PGCE Secondary Music students

PGCE?Secondary Music


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Bognor Regis campus

1 Year Full Time

Top 10
UK university for Education
Top 25
best university in the UK
5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • Honours?degree in a subject in which at least half is relevant to the National Curriculum requirements for Music at 2:2 or above.
  • GCSE?Level 4 in Mathematics and English
  • Successful completion of the Skills Tests
  • Suitability checks including DBS,?CDR and Occupational Health checks are required.
  • You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate a good understanding of the profession
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.


2021/22?UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester?alumni applying for a?PGCE?degree, there will be a £1,000 bursary available.

Course content


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Course overview

This full-time, one-year PGCE in Secondary Music degree is designed to train you to become a confident and inspirational teacher. If you’re a talented musician looking for the next stage in your career, this course offers fantastic opportunities.

Course structure

During?the course, you’ll split your time between placements in schools and university-based training including Subject Study and Professional Studies modules:

  • Subject?Study?– you’ll develop your knowledge of the secondary school curriculum. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to deliver creative?lesson plans to?achieve the best progress for the children you teach.
  • Professional Studies?– explore modules that will develop skills as an effective teacher including behaviour management, child protection, applying for teaching positions and more.
  • School placements?– we know the best place to build your confidence and expertise as a teacher is in the classroom. That’s why the majority of your time will be spent in schools. You’ll complete two main teaching placements in contrasting schools as well as completing short placements in other educational contexts.?Scroll down to?'School placements'?to find?out?more.?

Why study this course?

  • Qualify as a teacher in one year - this course includes Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), allowing you to teach in any state-funded school in the UK and beyond
  • You can specialise your teaching qualification in the subject area you’re passionate about
  • Access to excellent practical facilities
  • The course will allow you to teach Key Stages 3 and 4 as well as A level (ages 11 to 19)
  • You’ll gain teaching experience in two contrasting school?placements
  • You’ll be taught at Masters level – this means you can carry 60 Masters level credits forward to a full Masters level degree
  • By the end of the course, you’ll be a reflective practitioner equipped to continue your professional learning throughout your career
  • The programme is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools who will support you throughout the year
  • We are offering a £1000 bursary?for Chichester alumni students continuing their studies with a?PGCE

Course start date

The course runs from September to July and you’ll spend the majority of this time (at least 24 weeks) on placement in schools.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.? It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.? We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.?We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone to help with any enquiries, over 80 open access work stations and Costa Coffee.? An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans.

Teaching Resources

Teaching resources at the University of Chichester

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis campus to see our assortment of materials.

Subject specialist teaching draws on the resources of?one of the largest?Music programmes?in the UK,?with?more than 140 staff. these course elements?take place in our modern and our historic music buildings, which include Steinway model D concert pianos, Model B and A teaching pianos, well-equipped practice rooms (with more than 50 grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) baroque and modern pitch harpsichords, two three manual organs, orchestral percussion and an acoustically superb performance venue. We have a range of larger rehearsal rooms for chamber music, as well as lecture and seminar rooms, soundproofed band rooms and recording facilities.?

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore.?

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the Bognor Regis campus and the facilities it has to offer.?

Where this can take you

Career opportunities?

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.? At the end of the year upon satisfactory completion of the programme, you will be awarded a PGCE and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.? Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools.?

Further study

After you graduate from your PGCE, you can choose to progress to a Masters degree:

Indicative modules

There are two subject study modules and two professional studies modules which include:

  • Subject specific teaching?
  • Monitoring and assessment of pupil progress?
  • Lesson planning?
  • Curriculum requirements including National Curriculum,?GCSE?and A Level?
  • Health and safety?
  • Special Educational Needs?and Disability
  • Subject knowledge for teaching?
  • Creating a positive learning environment?
  • Curriculum innovation?
  • Developing resilience?
  • Applying for teaching posts?
  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive?behaviour?management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


The?programme?is delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.


The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.?

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

Meet the lecturers

Our?programmes?are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their?profiles?to see who could be teaching you

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

DBS and School Experience Costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required?to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which?needs to be?paid for?before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course, you will spend 24?weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised ?in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which ?can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute?will not?usually ?exceed?1 hour?from your term-time address to the placement school (assuming your term-time address is within our partnership area).?

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use?whilst on school experience as?schools are not required to provide these.?

Financial help available from the University

Our Finance pages provide?details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

School Placements

Our Schools Partnership?network

We work with hundreds of partnership schools and?organisations?covering a wide area including?West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, East Sussex and the Surrey border. These partners are based in rural and urban settings and cover a varied range of school types.?

How the placements work

Around 70%?of the course is spent in school, with your time divided mainly between two contrasting placements. You'll also complete a?week's training in a primary school (Key?Stage 2). Gaining experience in a mix of settings will help you to develop the skills required to confidently start a career in teaching.?

The University will find?placements?for you.?Great care is taken to place you in schools that will support you?and prepare you thoroughly for a career in teaching.?

Support?during your placements

School?experience is invaluable?to trainee teachers. That's why we take steps to ensure you are well?supported. We provide mentor training in our partnerships schools so you can learn from and build relationships with?serving teachers. You'll also have the full support of the teaching staff at the University while you're out on placement.

Learn more about this course

If you'd like more information about this course, please contact?Nic Matthews?at?

How to apply

Applying to this course

To apply to this course, you'll need to submit your application directly through Apply for teacher training.?For more advice on how to apply, visit the Get into Teaching?website.

Personal statements tips

Your personal statement should include information about yourself, why you want to teach, what sparked your passion and details of any related teaching experience. Take a look at some helpful personal statement?tips from?the Get into Teaching?website.