BEd (Hons) Music

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
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Course summary

Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours is a vocational programme for musicians who aspire to teach music in schools; it is one of the most highly regarded routes into classroom music 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, with many of our former students working at home in Scotland or abroad after graduation. On this programme, you will study aspects of teacher education and preparation for school experience, and undertake intensive music studies including a principal performance study, piano skills and keyboard musicianship, practical workshops, music technology, and theoretical and historical studies. Special features -Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland -Upon graduation, you are guaranteed a probationary year of classroom teaching -Integrated school experience throughout all four years -Qualifies you to teach music in both primary and secondary schoolsally.

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

Modules

Year one - Your school placement will be in a primary school where you will learn how to plan and develop lessons to support the children’s musical learning. Teacher Education will focus on developing as a teacher, exploring learning and teaching in the primary school, and key issues about how children learn, and teacher professionalism. We provide a solid foundation in performance, music theory, arranging and composition, history of music, music technology and collaboration in your first year. Year two - In teacher education, the focus moves towards development, health and wellbeing and inclusive education. Your school experience will be in a secondary school where you will focus on Broad General Education (BGE) in the Music department. Music studies will follow a similar pattern to year one with a focus on broadening knowledge and deepening understanding through practice, in order to support your work as a classroom practitioner. Year three - Teacher education in year three will explore Assessment, Education and Society, including wider issues which influence learning and teaching. You will begin to consider the role of professional enquiry in the teaching profession. School experience will focus on secondary three and four. In music studies, you will choose to specialise through a number of pathways in, for example, performance, composition, musicology and music technology. Year four - In your final year, the focus of the placement will be the senior phase where you will spend an extended period in a secondary school in preparation for the GTCS Induction Year. You will consolidate your knowledge, skills and school experiences to date, making connectons between your studies at RCS and career-long professional learning. You will continue to develop your areas of specialisation in music studies.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Teaching Council for Scotland

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

1 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeWX33
Institution code R58
Campus nameMain 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 64 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire. International applications are welcome to this programme and online interviews can be arranged.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level A-levels: B in music plus two additional A-levels at C. English Language and Literature at GCSE level grade C, and Maths at GCSE level grade B.
Scottish Higher Highers: A in Higher Music plus three others at BBC, one of which must be Higher English; and Maths at either National 5, Standard Grade 2, or Intermediate 2 at grade C or above.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Audition

Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/music/

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Interview

Interview if successfully recalled

Other

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

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Recording£65£65

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
RecordingNot available at this location

Additional information

For more information on what to prepare for the audition, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/bed-music-honours/.


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 £17685 Year 1

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/finance/feesandfunding

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 - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/finance/scholarships/

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