Before applying for this course, please email the Conservatoire (email@example.com) directly with your principal study and where you are from and we can check that we can accept a late application from you.
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.
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:
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.
- Button Accordion (Traditional Music)
- Cello (Traditional Music)
- Clarinet (Jazz)
- Double Bass
- Double Bass (Jazz)
- Drumkit (Jazz)
- Electric bass (jazz)
- Flute (Jazz)
- Flute (Traditional Music)
- Gaelic Song
- Guitar (Classical)
- Guitar (Jazz)
- Highland Bagpipes
- Horn (French)
- Horn (Tenor)
- Mandolin (Traditional Music)
- Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani
- Piano (Jazz)
- Piano (Traditional Music)
- Piano Accordion (Traditional Music)
- Pipe Band Snare Drum
- Saxophone (Alto) Jazz
- Saxophone (Baritone) Jazz
- Saxophone (Soprano) Jazz
- Saxophone (Tenor) Jazz
- Scots Song
- Scottish Harp
- Trombone (Bass)
- Trombone (Jazz)
- Trombone (Tenor)
- Trumpet (Jazz)
- Voice (Baritone)
- Voice (Bass)
- Voice (Bass-Baritone)
- Voice (Contralto)
- Voice (Counter-Tenor)
- Voice (Jazz)
- Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
- Voice (Soprano)
- Voice (Tenor)
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 2019 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2020 courses.
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 audition locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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.
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.
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
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
Theory Paper if successfully recalled
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 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.
In the event of a successful audition, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.
Remote audition recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an audition in person.
Single specialism audition
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Joint principal specialism audition
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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
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Additional fee 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/studyhere/scholarships/.