Students will be placed in Partnership Schools in the South Wales area. The first year will contain subject-based studies, Education modules and an observation placement in school. Years two and three will then develop subject knowledge, pedagogy, and Education. Both years will contain a block placement, which will involve observation of good practice, team teaching and lesson delivery. Students will leave the programme equipped with the skills to respond to present and future challenges in education and to become reflective practitioners. The programme is based on the curriculum for 11-16 (up to GCSE), and meets the needs for teachers at this age-range in the Secondary sector.
Year One (Level 4):
- Observing the Learners
- Developing Skills
Subject specific modules (Music):
- Technology and the Music Teacher
- Historical Perspectives 1: Jazz, Rock & Pop
- Arranging for Small Ensembles
- Performing, Accompanying and Rehearsing
Year Two (Level 5):
- Professional Studies
- School Experience
- Methodology Music
Subject specific modules (Music):
- Arranging for Larger Ensembles
- Historical Perspectives 2: Aspects of Western Art Music
Year Three (Level 6):
- School Experience & PDP*
- Professional Studies
- Methodology Music
Subject specific modules (Music):
- Historical Perspectives 3: Contemporary Art Music & World Music
- Special Project (Performer in the Classroom, Composer in the Classroom
or Researcher in the Classroom)
Non-QTS route only:
Learning & Teaching
Methods of delivery include lectures supported by tutorials, seminars, workshops, practicals, student led seminars, invited speakers, educational visits and blended learning. The virtual learning environment, Moodle, is also used as a learning and teaching tool. Lecture notes, seminar information, presentations and web site links are made available at key points for students to access. In addition, general academic information is regularly placed on Moodle, allowing students to access additional information and communicate with lecturers / fellow students. Discussion boards are used to facilitate means of communication and encourage online debate centred on identified educational issues between students.
An appropriate variety of teaching / learning methods have been carefully selected to provide a challenging and enriching learning experience. These methods have been designed to facilitate the development of the student's subject knowledge and competence in relation to professional and curriculum knowledge. Students are encouraged to undertake independent learning in all modules, thus supplementing and consolidating knowledge and understanding of their subject, pedagogy and Educational issues. There are regular opportunities throughout the programme for students to review their personal progress taking responsibility for planning and executing their own learning.
Learning outcomes are assessed within modules through a variety of methods, including examinations, programme-work, essays, presentations, assessed practicals/orals. Careful attention is paid to the development of a wide range of skills appropriate to the individual pathway subjects. A variety of assessment techniques are utilised throughout the programme, and attention is given in programme design to ensure that assessment workload is realistic and manageable in both pathways for all students. Assignments are used not only to evaluate progress on the programme but also as a resource through which students develop understanding about the process of delivery and evaluation in education.
The above methods of assessments serve as a preparation to enable students to have a greater understanding of assessment in the National Curriculum. Module tutors endeavour to reflect the assessment procedures utilised in the National Curriculum (2008) in KS3 / KS4. Students are expected to complete some assignments individually and some in conjunction with peers. Where appropriate, an element of peer evaluation may be incorporated into these assignments, which involve presentation to the group. Peer evaluation will not contribute to the formal process of summative assessment.
Employability & Careers
Graduates of the course will be registered for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allowing entry to the teaching profession at secondary level in Music. Graduates from this course will have strong career prospects in their chosen subject in the secondary sector.
Non-QTS graduates will be able to work in a Secondary school in a range of roles (such as one to one instrumental/vocal teaching, working with groups of young musicians or learners with Additional Needs, LSA work or as a music technician).
Entry Requirements and How to Apply
Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.
Applicants are required to have:
104 UCAS points from at least two A levels to include grades CC, one to be in Music. Non A-level Music students, or students undertaking other Level 3 qualifications, must display a firm knowledge of Music.
Music applicants must display good performing skills on their chosen instrument or voice and demonstrate the potential to achieve a high level of musical skills.
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics* at grade B or above (grade 5 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) to be accepted on the programme. If applicants do not have GCSE grade B in English Language or Maths or equivalent at application, they will be required to resit these subjects before joining the programme.
Applicants will need to make arrangements to resit the GCSE's (or an acceptable equivalent) in order to obtain the B grade before the start of the programme.
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.
Pre Entry tests in Literacy and Numeracy, click the 'Tests' tab to find out more. Tests will be completed and supervised under 'exam' conditions. The tests will be undertaken as part of the interview day.
Applicants who meet the essential criteria for courses which lead to QTS at Cardiff Metropolitan University will be required to sit
Applicants requested to sit these tests with additional needs will need to notify us immediately so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Cardiff Metropolitan University will be offering an in-house equivalency exam for GCSE English Language and Maths to meet B grade requirements. More information can be found here. We also accept equivalent qualifications for the GCSE requirements, which include examinations undertaken with Equivalency Testing and with the University of South Wales.
Please click here for guidelines on B grade GCSE equivalents (English and Mathematics) as recommended by all providers in Wales. For further guidance on what Cardiff Met accepts please click here.
Applicants from non-traditional backgrounds are strongly invited to apply, but must fulfil the basic GCSE requirements as noted above, whilst demonstrating relevant subject skills in music.
Entry onto this course is also subject to a satisfactory disclosure barring services check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and interview. All students will be considered on their individual merits and potential to develop as effective Welsh / music teachers during the programme.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
There will be two tests for undergraduate applicants:
The first will test spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension. This test will be completed electronically on the day of interview but a printable, sample copy of the paper is available here. This test will be 30 minutes long.
To prepare for the first literacy test, applicants should work through the sample paper provided. In addition, the current literacy skills test in England, as found on the DfE website, will also serve as a useful reference tool as the tests are similar in content. Another useful resource is: Johnson, J. (2012) Passing the Literacy Skills Test (Achieving QTS) 3rd edn. Exeter: Learning Matters, ISBN 9780857258793.
In the second test, music applicants will demonstrate their comprehension and free writing skills as part of their aural test. Questions on the aural tests will allow applicants to write freely based on analysis of the set music piece, and will be 30 minutes long.
This task will assess the ability to:
- Express ideas and information clearly, precisely and accurately;
- Write appropriately for the intended audience and purpose, engaging the interest of the reader;
- Write for the intended audience and purpose using an academic style where appropriate;
- Select and prioritise information to construct a coherent argument;
- Use a variety of accurately punctuated sentence and paragraph structures to control progression, matching style to audience and purpose;
- Use and spell accurately a wide range of appropriate, ambitious vocabulary to convey precise meaning.
There will be one numeracy test which focuses on the functional mathematics which teachers need in their professional role.
- The test will be completed electronically on the day of interview but a printable, sample copy of the paper is available in English here or Welsh here.
- Calculators will not be allowed but candidates will be provided with paper for jottings and notes.
- The test will be 30 minutes long.
- To prepare for the numeracy test, applicants should work through the sample paper provided. In addition, the current numeracy skills test in England, as found on the DfE website, will also serve as a useful reference tool, including Numeracy Practice Paper 2 and Numeracy Practice Paper 3.
- Another useful resource is, Tyreman, C. (2011) How to Pass the QTS Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests: Essential Practice for the Qualified Teacher Status Skills Tests. London: Kogan Page
English and Welsh versions of the question paper will be provided. Applicants can choose to answer in either language.
Oral skills of candidates will be assessed at interview. Applicants will be interviewed in English. but applicants who wish to request a Welsh Medium teaching placement will be asked some questions in Welsh to assess their oral skills.
Music applicants will also be required to perform on their instrument of choice during the interview. Applicants will be invited to perform a piece of their choice at grade 6 standard or above. They will also sit an aural test to assess aural skills and literacy skills.