Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) (Taught)

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Course summary

The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) is a vocational programme for graduates who aspire to teach music in secondary schools. On this programme, you will engage with intensive studies in education (professional studies), 90 days of school placement and specialised music studies. Following graduation, you will qualify for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). All eligible graduates are guaranteed a probationary year of classroom teaching. GTCS standards are recognised in the UK and internationally. Professional Studies Professional Studies will focus on your developing identity as a teacher: exploring issues related to learning and teaching in Scotland; key issues about how children learn and teacher professionalism including the GTCS Standard for Provisional Registration. Placement Subject specialist lectures will prepare you for placements and give you an opportunity to develop skills required for teaching music. Placements will be in different schools where you will be supported by music teachers and an RCS School Experience Tutor. School placements are normally offered within reasonable travelling distance of your term-time address. Specialist Music Studies Specialist music studies are designed to support your work in the classroom. You will study and practice a number of specialist music pedagogies (e.g. Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze) as well as building on and reconceptualising your previous studies in music for the classroom context.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Instrument/specialisms

For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Accordion
  • Bassoon
  • Bodhran
  • Button Accordion (Traditional Music)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Traditional Music)

Modules

Professional Studies will focus on your developing identity as a teacher. You will explore issues related to learning and teaching in Scotland, study key issues about how children learn and teacher professionalism including the GTCS Standard for Provisional Registration. Subject specialist lectures will prepare you for placements and give you an opportunity to develop the skills required for teaching music. Placements will be in different schools where you will be supported by music teachers and an RCS School Experience Tutor. School placements are normally offered within reasonable travelling distance of your term-time address.


How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

Course code:
WX44
Institution code:
R58
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them they represent over 60 different nationalities and add a rich multicultural diversity to RCS.

Entry requirements

• A degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outwith the UK • The degree should normally contain 80 SCQF credit points in music, 40 of which must have been studied at SCQF level 8 or above. • Higher English (or equivalent) at grade C or above • Maths at either National 5, Standard Grade 2 or Intermediate 2 at grade C or above (or equivalent)

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Recording£35£35
RCS£35£35

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
RecordingNot available at this location
RCSNot available at this location

Additional information

The audition process has two parts: • The Interview • The Folio Interview All applicants to the PGDE (Music) Programme are invited to the Conservatoire for an Interview at the end of March. At the interview applicants will be expected to be able to: • demonstrate a clear desire to be a teacher; • reflect on the qualities that make a good teacher; • identify their own areas of weakness and in doing so, show a commitment to continuous personal development; • discuss with some depth the current issues in education and how these might impact on Music education; • display extensive knowledge of and interest in music; • demonstrate a good level of knowledge of ICT with some experience of using Music Technology; • discuss their personal statement; • Talk about the things they do besides Music (e.g. hobbies and/or other interests). The interview will be conducted in an informal manner. Applicants will be assessed on their: • ability to express themselves clearly and fluently; • perceived commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching; • level of preparation and reflection. The Folio Before their interview, applicants will submit online a folio of evidence containing the following: • a video (5-10 minutes) of them performing on their first study instrument/voice • a video (2-3 minutes) demonstrating their singing ability (not required for first study singers) • a video (2-3 minutes) demonstrating their ability on piano. This may be through performance of solo piano repertoire, an accompaniment or of an improvisatory nature (not required for first study pianists) • Examples of work using Music Technology • Some examples of original composition and/or arrangement (no more than three pieces) • Any other work that they think might be relevant to their application The folio should be submitted online via Acceptd. Full details are found here: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/postgraduate/professional-graduate-diploma-in-education-music/.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
EU £18393 Year 1
International £18393 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/finance/feesandfunding/
Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS