Course Comparison

BA (Hons) Music PGCE Secondary (Music)
Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons) Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE
3 years 1 year
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time Full-time
(+ optional placement) (with placements)
Plymouth Plymouth
School of Society and Culture Plymouth Institute of Education
Entry requirements

A levels

Typical offer will be 104 points. General studies accepted. Applicants are required to show a strong interest/experience in music and have an instrument (which can be voice). Any queries please do contact the admissions team at or telephone on +44 1752 585858

BTEC National Extended Diploma

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.
International Baccalaureate
26 points overall. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Access to HE Diploma
Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

T levels
Merit in any subject, music experience required alongside qualification.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Non-standard qualifications
We welcome mature students, those with music industry experience and high level instrumental skills. If you fall into this category and are not sure whether you qualify for the course, please submit an application so we can advise you.

RSL's qualifications
UCAS points can be obtained from theory/practical grades. See the table for the UCAS points awarded for a given music theory or practical grade and mark.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Your suitability for the PGCE Secondary programme is judged on a range of factors including academic qualifications, ability to work with other people and a real interest in learning and teaching.

When selecting applicants for interview the admissions tutor will consider all parts of the application including a personal statement and references. The UCAS website has useful information on how to provide these.

Academic requirements

  • GCSE grade 4/grade C (or equivalent) in English and mathematics.
  • 2:2 or above hons degree or equivalent in a music subject or subjects or 50% of degree if joint hons. Must be from a recognised university (masters and PhDs also count towards entry requirements.
  • There is also a requirement to pass minimum standards for literacy and numeracy.

For all other UK qualifications please refer to the UCAS website.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS , who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements 

If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English as follows:

Non-academic requirements