Find out more about the Leeds SCITT Music course.
The Music course allows you to transfer your unique skills and talents as a musician to inspiring and creative teaching.
The Music SCITT course is a PGCE course, with trainees spending more time training in secondary schools than on traditional PGCE courses.
Trainees with engaging personalities, creativity and a depth of general subject knowledge will build on their existing skills to start their career as teachers of this unique and powerful subject. Leeds SCITT is committed to ensuring the very best for the future of music education by training dynamic and exciting new teachers now.
The course is divided into three stages. Stage 1 consists of 12 weeks based partly in college, where you will develop your understanding of the professional implications of secondary school teaching. The rest of your time is spent at St Mary’s Catholic High School, Menston (the lead school for music) where you are introduced to the school environment from the very start of the course, and made to feel part of the department. You will also attend weekly sessions with your lead tutor focused on subject specific training.
Stages 2 and 3 are 12 week full-time placements in other partner schools where you will gradually take on responsibility for teaching classes across different key stages, as well as being encouraged to contribute to the wider musical life of the school. During these placements you are supported by a School-Based Tutor (SBT) who oversees your progress day-to-day and by a link tutor from Leeds Trinity who monitors your development periodically.
With a smaller cohort than many other Music ITT courses, Leeds SCITT offers a very personal training experience where trainees are nurtured and given the best tools to become successful teachers.
To be accepted onto the course you will need:
- an honours degree with a significant element of Music. at a classification of 2:ii or above.
- advanced level qualifications (or equivalent experience) in Music.
- GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent).
- the ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
- have passed the QTS skills in English and Maths by 1st September 2013.
- a good state of physical and mental fitness.
- confirmation that you have not been excluded from teaching nor from working with children, nor have been registered with the Criminal Records Bureau as unfit for working with children or young persons.
- the suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.
It is beneficial that you also have:
- recent experience working with secondary-age children.
- recent experience of your subject in a secondary school.
- experience as a trainer / teacher / mentor to others.
- a competent level of ICT skills and experience.