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Course summary

The application deadline for this course is 30 JUNE 2022.This part-time 60-credit programme provides a unique opportunity for arts educators to upgrade their teaching qualifications and obtain a PG Cert qualification that has been designed to develop teaching skills for the arts. It is delivered on a part-time basis through a blended learning model, which includes a mix of face-to-face sessions, online sessions, one-to-one tutorials and independent study (distance students can study the programme fully online, accessing the face-to-face sessions through a video conferencing platform). The programme is designed to allow arts education professionals to integrate their studies within their professional teaching contexts. The process of professional enquiry that underpins all modules requires students to engage in a critical analysis of their teaching and arts practice in order to identify and address their own developmental priorities at each stage. The programme is designed to appeal to individuals who have a role as an arts educator within an informal context, such as a: Community Arts Tutor Participatory Arts Tutor Private Tutor Dance Tutor/Teacher Tutor in a pre-HE organisation Freelance Teaching Artist or within a formal context such as a: Further Education lecturer/tutor* Higher Education lecturer/tutor* Visiting Guest Tutor in a school Instrumental Music Instructor Teacher in an International School Lecturer/tutor in an International Higher Education context* GTCS registered primary teacher* GTCS registered secondary teacher* Early Years educator Professional Recognition AdvanceHE and HEA Fellowship *For lecturers/tutors working in a further or higher education context with learners at SCQF Level 7 or above (or equivalent), this programme leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. **GTCS registered teachers who have a remit for an arts subject within their school teaching context can use this programme to build evidence of their commitment to their professional learning as an arts educator. We include the following within our definition of an ‘arts subject’: music, dance, drama and art and design. For all participants, the programme can be used to develop knowledge and skills as an arts educator and to build an evidence-base to demonstrate commitment their professional learning in designing and delivering learning activities.

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.


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

  • Learning and Teaching


The programme is delivered over a two year period, through a combination of online workshops, distance and independent learning, weekend seminars and work-based learning. At its core, the programme is primarily concerned with helping arts education professionals engage in a process of active enquiry into their teaching practice. The aim of the programme is to encourage you to investigate your teaching practice and develop the skills of critical reflection, academic writing, scholarship and practice-based research whilst engaged in a sustained process of development with the aim of enhancing your teaching practice. Year one In year one, the focus will be on developing the knowledge and skills required to evidence the quality of your teaching practice. Over this year you will develop a working knowledge of the definitions, conventions and priorities expressed within arts education, helping you engage with policies, philosophies and practices that are most relevant to your specific context. The submissions will encourage you to use research and critical reflection to ensure that your teaching practices are underpinned by robust evidence both in relation to your subject area, and to credible learning theories. In year one you will study the following module: Teaching the Arts This is a 30-credit module designed to help you to build an evidence-base to support a critical evaluation of your teaching practices. Having articulated the philosophies, principles and values that underpin your current teaching practice, you will design, deliver and evaluate learning activities, demonstrating how your teaching is underpinned by appropriate and current policies and learning theories, and use feedback from peers and your learners to inform your ongoing development priorities. Year two In year two, the focus shifts to the ways in which you can engage in a meaningful exploration of your teaching practice in order to challenge preconceptions and to take advantage of innovations in education. Over this year you will focus on proposing and testing hypothesis designed to advance your practice as an arts educator. The Teacher as Researcher In this 30-credit module for all students, you will focus on the development of a practice-based research project that will help you explore new and innovating ways in which you might meet the identified needs of your learners. In this module you will explore the impact of your new innovative practices through the ethical use of research data and objective critical analysis, informing your ongoing development as an arts educator.

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2022 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2023 courses.

*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.

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 diversity to the Conservatoire.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a good degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a performing arts subject area relevant to the programme

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

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
OnlineNot available at this location

Additional information

For futher information on what to prepare for the interview, please see our website -

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £2178* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £2178* Year 1
EU £2178* Year 1
International £2178* Year 1
England £2178* Year 1
Northern Ireland £2178* Year 1
Scotland £2178* Year 1
Wales £2178* 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 -
PgCert in Learning and Teaching in the Arts at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS