Learning and Teaching in the Arts (PgCert) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

The application deadline for this course is 30 June 2024. 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


More information about what the course entails can be found on our website: https://www.rcs.ac.uk/postgraduate/certificate-learning-teaching/

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.

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

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7.5Applicants who first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.5 in each component (with no component below 7.5) is required.

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 - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/postgraduate/certificate-learning-teaching/

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5386* Year 1
EU £5386* Year 1
International £5386* Year 1
England £5386* Year 1
Northern Ireland £5386* Year 1
Scotland £5386* Year 1
Wales £5386* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £5386* 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
Learning and Teaching in the Arts (PgCert) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS