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Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours

Introduction

Welcome to the BEd programme which 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.

On this programme, you will study all aspects of teacher education and preparation for school experience and will undertake intensive music studies including a principal performance study, keyboard and vocal skills, performance classes, and theoretical and historical studies.

Through our ERASMUS exchange partnerships, it may be possible for you to spend part or all of your third year of study at one of our partners in Europe. Staff and students from other international institutions also visit us regularly, widening the knowledge and experience of educational practices available.

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 in both primary and secondary schools

Introduction

Welcome to the BEd programme which 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.

On this programme, you will study all aspects of teacher education and preparation for school experience and will undertake intensive music studies including a principal performance study, keyboard and vocal skills, performance classes, and theoretical and historical studies.

Through our ERASMUS exchange partnerships, it may be possible for you to spend part or all of your third year of study at one of our partners in Europe. Staff and students from other international institutions also visit us regularly, widening the knowledge and experience of educational practices available.

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 in both primary and secondary schools

Programme structure

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 focuses 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.

Why choose us?

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is third in the world for performing arts education.

  • Integrated school experience throughout all four years
  • Intensive music studies with leading musicians
  • 100% of Bachelor of Education graduate respondents are in employment or further study (HESA, 15/16)
  • Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and recognised across the UK and internationally
  • Qualifies students for both primary and secondary music teaching
  • All eligible graduates are guaranteed a probationary year of employment as a classroom music teacher

 

How to apply

Before applying we recommend that you follow our Applicant Guide journey which provides all the essential information regarding entry requirements, and the full application and audition process.

Begin your Applicant Journey here.

 

Making your application

Applications for the BEd (Music) programme should be made through the UCAS Conservatoires website. There is a UCAS application fee of £25 (which is in addition to the audition fee) which allows you up to six choices of programme of study.

Entry requirements

  • 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
  • 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.

We offer a flexible approach to students taking Highers over more than one academic year and/or who achieve their qualifications in more than one sitting.

Other standards

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. In addition, applicants are required to play a short piano piece at the audition which will be of approximately Grade 6 standard.

Entrance to the Conservatoire is based on talent, potential and ability, therefore consideration will be given to relevant experience which is deemed to compensate for any traditional education. We accept a wide range of qualification, including international qualifications. If you wish to check the suitability of your qualification/experience, please contact us ( admissions@rcs.ac.uk ).

Audition requirements

Audition requirements can be found in our Guide for Applicants journey.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees for academic year 2017-18

  • Scottish/EU Students – £1,820
  • Rest of UK (RUK) Students – £9,250
  • International (Non EU) – £15,513

Scottish/EU students

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will pay tuition fees for all eligible full-time Scottish-based and other non-UK undergraduate EU students, who are studying in Scotland at degree level for the first time. Students should apply to SAAS for payment of tuition fees even if they are not applying for any other means of support. Eligible students can also apply for student loans through SAAS . For further advice and to check eligibility contact SAAS directly on 0300 555 0505 or visit their website .

Rest of UK students

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland studying in Scotland will be eligible for the same funding/loan package that they would benefit from if they attended an institution in their home country. For further advice please visit student finance England , student financeWales , or student finance Northern Ireland as appropriate.

International students

Students from outside the EU typically fund higher education by a variety of resources, depending on the home country. More specific information on funding options relevant to specific countries can be found here .

Scholarships

Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available here

Sources of external funding

For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit here.

The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team are available to advise and assist applicants and current students in respect of queries about funding your studies at the Conservatoire. Please email or telephone +44 (0)141 270 8281/ +44 (0)141 270 8223 for further information.

Graduate destinations

Upon graduation you are guaranteed a probationary year of classroom teaching. Thereafter, most of our graduates remain in the teaching profession in schools in Scotland. Some move to other parts of the UK or abroad. A number of graduates choose to balance a part-time career in classroom teaching with a freelance career in music and a few have chosen to work in the Higher Education sector.

Facilities

Bachelor of Education (Music) students benefit from the world-class facilities of the Royal Conservatoire’s School of Music, which includes:

  • Three recording studios
  • Portable recording kits
  • Extensive IT facilities
  • Two piano labs
  • Five performance venues
  • Whittaker Library including extensive electronic resources

Auditions

Full details of what to expect in your audition is available in the Guide for Applicants journey.

For the audition, you will be invited to the Royal Conservatoire, and the audition will be in three parts. Make sure you leave plenty of time to travel to RCS; you will also have 20 minutes to warm up before your audition (30 mins for timpani and percussion).

Practical audition

The practical audition will take place in the morning and you will be asked to play two contrasting pieces of your own choice on your chosen Performance Study, as well as sight-read, play a piano piece and harmonise. Full details about what to expect and how to prepare for the practical audition are in our Guide for Applicants journey.

If you are successful in the first part of the audition, you will be invited back to the afternoon session, for an interview and theory test.

The interview

We want to find out more about you in the interview. We will ask you about your views on music education as well as your reflections on your own experience of learning and teaching.

The theory test

The written element of the audition will test your knowledge of musical notation and theory, and it is in line with Grade 5 theory. You can try some sample papers below.

BEd Entrance Theory Test Exemplar

BEd Keyboard Harmonization Test Exemplar