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PGCE Primary with Music

Course summary

Our primary teacher education courses are designed for graduates who are committed to becoming primary school teachers. 

All trainees learn how to teach the entire primary curriculum as well as choosing a particular route. The Primary PGCE with Music route gives you additional expertise in supporting the teaching and learning of music. It is not essential to be a musician, but you should feel strongly about the important role of music in primary schools. 

East London offers multicultural, multilingual and particularly vibrant schools in which to train, but your training at UEL will qualify you to teach anywhere in England or Wales.

UEL’s PGCE team is made up of experienced primary practitioners who have worked in a range of primary and Early Years settings across London as classroom teachers, curriculum co-ordinators, advisory teachers and school leaders.

At UEL you will be part of a diverse community of students. Part of our mission is to bring to east London a teacher workforce that reflects the local community and in 2013-14, 24 per cent of our Primary PGCE trainees were male.

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of graduates working in teaching

Within six months of completing the course, 94 per cent of UEL Primary PGCE trainees have secured a teaching post.


Qualified Teacher Status

The University of East London has a particularly strong track record of supporting men and trainees from culturally diverse groups to gain Qualified Teacher Status.


of new teachers in Redbridge came from UEL

In September 2014, the London Borough of Redbridge recruited 132 Newly Qualified Teachers, its highest number to date. Of these, 30 per cent came from UEL.


What you'll learn

You will learn how to be a primary class teacher. By the end of the year, you will understand how to teach the entire primary curriculum to a class of 30 pupils, and be confident and competent in doing so.

You will leave the course with outstanding subject knowledge across the curriculum. You will have an understanding of how to plan and deliver engaging and motivating lessons and how to support your pupils’ progress.

You will learn how to identify the strength and needs of your pupils and make sure that everyone in your class is included and challenged.

You are going to understand how to assess pupils’ learning, how to spot the gaps in their learning and how to plan to fill those gaps. You will be equipped with a range of strategies to keep pupils enthused, engaged and motivated.

Everyone on the Primary PGCE learns how to teach the whole curriculum. We will give you the confidence and skills you need to teach every subject.

You will also have extra sessions that enhance your knowledge and understanding of teaching music in primary schools. 

You will be able to think critically about the role of music in schools. You will learn what resources – the technology, the instruments, the outside agencies – are available to support music teaching, and how to evaluate them. 

You will also develop your own musical skills and learn how to engage pupils in making music.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

Learning and teaching across the curriculum and effective pedagogy (core)
Developing and extending understanding of a specific area/subject (Mathematics) (core)
Professional practice: inclusive practice in multicultural urban settings (core)
Developing Understanding and Skills in English and Mathematics (core)
Managing Professional Change and Development : active inquiry leading to classroom intervention (option)
Critical Incidents in Teaching (core)
Technology-enhanced Learning (core)

How you'll be assessed

You are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards, leading to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You also have to complete assignments, contributing to your understanding of teaching and learning and carrying academic credit, leading to the award of a PGCE.  At the end of the course, when you have met the Teachers’ Standards and completed the assignments we will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and award you the PGCE.

You will complete two Level 7 (Master’s Level) assignments.  Both of these will require you to think about your own practice in the classroom.  You will need to read and understand literature that talks about ‘good practice’ and you will be expected to write about your own practice in the light of this literature.  The 60 Level 7 credits will contribute to the PGCE award.

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Your future career

By working alongside schools and local authorities in our region, we are helping to meet the need for teachers in our local area and many of our students are offered posts by our partner schools. Some trainees have been offered jobs at schools where they have spent their placement.

Backed by our good reputation, you will have a head start when it comes to securing a teaching post.

And when you are in a post and decide that you wish to take your academic qualifications further, we can help you to continue your academic and professional development.

Your PGCE will earn you 60 master’s level credits, which can count towards further qualifications on master’s courses at the University of East London.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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