Course Comparison

Course BA (Hons) Music PGCE Secondary (Music)
Award Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons) Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE
Duration 3 years 1 year
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement - (with placements)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Humanities and Performing Arts Plymouth Institute of Education
Entry requirements
A levels
104 points, (or equivalent) including grade C or above in Music or Music Technology, General Studies accepted as an A level. Note if a student is not studying A level Music but indicates that they have the ability to play/sing at Grade 6 (Practical) or above then the admissions tutor admissions tutor will review on a case by case basis.
18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
Pass DMM in a music related subject.

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 overall to include four in music at higher level plus a second subject at higher level. Please note, if you are not studying higher music but have the ability to play at Grade 6 or above then alternative subjects may be accepted by the admissions tutor.
All Access courses
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (preferably music or combined), with at least 33 credits at merit and to include at least 12 credits in music related units with merits
(including GCSE English and maths grade C or above or equivalent).

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 NARIC, 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: 

  • IELTS at level 7 in all four components or GCSE in English Language at grade C or above.
  • IELTS at level 6.5 provided that it was used to meet the entry requirement for a postgraduate degree completed in the UK.
  • IELTS at level 6 provided that it was used to meet the entry requirement for an undergraduate degree completed in the UK.

For more information please visit the IELTS website.

English language requirements.

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

Non-academic requirements 

  • You'll be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form.  Find all of the important documentation you'll need when applying for this programme.
  • You must be deemed fit to teach.
  • You must be able to reflect on some experience in relevant educational setting(s).