Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

BEd (Hons) Music

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Course summary

This vocational programme is for performers who aspire to teach music in schools; it is the main route into classrooms teaching in Scotland, qualifying you for both primary and secondary school teaching. The degree provides integrated school placements in all four years of study. 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.

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

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


Year 1: In music studies we provide a solid foundation in performance, theoretical subjects, arranging, history, academic writing, music technology and collaboration. Teacher education will focus on key professional issues, teacher’s conduct, ethics and the law; communication, discipline, classroom management, curriculum and planning; child development, theories of learning and essential aspects of cognition. School experience will be in a primary school. Year 2: In music studies we build on and develop critical skills in the same areas studied in year one. In teacher education we focus on two significant areas: additional support needs; assessment theory in the context of promoting learning and achievement; child protection, in pupil support and in systems of pastoral care; health and well-being; and whole school approaches in promoting numeracy across the curriculum. School experience focusses will focus on years one and two in a secondary school. Year 3: Music studies will focus on: refining your performance skills; developing further your research skills, critical thinking and academic writing; and compositional techniques since 1900. You will also have the opportunity to choose two additional subjects. Teacher education will consider: wider social context, looking at class, ethnicity and gender in relation to education and attainment; poverty and anti-racism education; curriculum theory, the history of Scotland’s curriculum and national curriculum policy; professional issues; Leadership within learning and educational; The role of technology in supporting learning; and research in education. School experience will focus on secondary three and four. Year 4: In music studies you will choose to specialise in performance, composition or dissertation. In addition, you will choose two additional subjects. Teacher education will consider: performance and quality assurance; policy making in education; Scotland’s General Teaching Council; arrangements and requirements within the induction year; and continuous professional learning. School experience will focus on secondary five and six.

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2020 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2021 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.

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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 53 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire. We welcome international applications for this programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests


Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition -

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Interview if successfully recalled


Successful applicants will normally be of a standard equivalent to Grade 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in your Performance Study. You can apply and audition without having obtained Grade 8, however as an indication only, applicants are normally expected to have reached Grade 8 standard in their performance. In addition you will be required to play a short piano piece at the audition which will be of approximately Grade 6 standard.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Theory Paper if successfully recalled

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

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Joint principal specialism assessment

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RCSNot available at this location

Additional information

For more information on what to prepare for the audition, please see our website -

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £1820 Year 1
International £16827 Year 1

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website -

Sponsorship information

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information -

BEd (Hons) Music at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS