PGCE Primary with Music
Teaching and Education
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.
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.
Fees and funding
Tuition Fee Loan
You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.
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As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.
International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.
After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.
All applicants MUST have GCSE English, Maths and Science grade A*-C.
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.
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.Course specification
Your future career
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.