Secondary Education: Music or Welsh 11-16 (Leading to Qualified Teacher Status) - BA (Hons) 

Course Overview

This programme is designed to produce competent and confident secondary school teachers of Music or Welsh as a second language. Subject knowledge is delivered in parallel with education studies and students will be able to place all academic work in the school context through regular school placements. The overall aim of the programme is to train new Welsh and Music secondary teachers who can contribute to the raising of standards in schools by engaging in high quality and effective teaching.

The programme enables students to become effective classroom teachers in specialist curriculum areas by developing:

  • appropriate subject knowledge and understanding;
  • the skills of planning and class management and a range of teaching strategies and skills appropriate to the age, ability and levels of attainment of the pupil (11-16);
  • pupils’ active participation and enjoyment of their work and ensuring that they make discernible progress, particularly through assessment, recording and reporting procedures;
  • personal and professional qualities which will help to prepare students for a successful career in their chosen profession;
  • a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy, linking this to Educational and subject-specific knowledge;
  • an understanding of a range of cross-curricular issues, the values and assumptions which underpin them and their application in school and classroom practice;
  • an understanding of pupils in school, their similarities and differences, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour, maturation and levels of attainment
  • an ability to reflect critically on attainment and progress in Cardiff Met-based contexts and school-based experiences and use these skills to improve their practice;

The programme achieves these aims by the establishment of a programme structure with an integrated pattern of school and Cardiff Met-based work that enables statutory requirements to be met.

Click here to download the course leaflet.

PLEASE NOTE: BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Welsh will not run for 2014 entry.

Course Content

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. Year 2 and 3 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.

Module listings are noted below:

Year One (Level 4):

  • Introduction to Education
  • School Observation
  • Study Skills
  • Profiling & PDP

Subject specific modules (Welsh/Cymraeg):

  • Gwybodaeth am Iaith 1/Knowledge of Language 1
  • Y Traddodiad Llenyddol a’r Stori Fer
  • Seminarau Iaith a Llen /Seminars – Language & Literature
  • Cyfathrebu Cymraeg Cyfoes

Subject specific modules (Music):

  • Music Technology
  • Historical perspectives 1
  • Arranging 1
  • Performing and rehearsing

Year Two (Level 5)

Generic modules:

  • Professional Studies
  • School Experience
  • Methodology Welsh
  • Methodology Music

Subject specific modules (Welsh/Cymraeg):

  • Gloywi Iaith 2/Language Improvement 2
  • Golwg ar Ryddiaith/Persectives on Prose
  • Cymraeg mewn Cyd-destun/Language in Context

Subject specific modules (Music):

  • Arranging 2
  • Historical perspective 2
  • Composing

Year Three (Level 6)

Generic modules:

  • School Experience & PDP
  • Professional Studies
  • Methodology Welsh
  • Methodology Music

Subject specific modules (Welsh/Cymraeg):

  • Gloywi Iaith 3/Language Improvement 3
  • Golwg ar Farddoniaeth/Perspectives on Poetry
  • Prosiect Arbennig/Special Project

Subject specific modules (Music):

  • Music and theatre
  • Historical perspective 3
  • Special project

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, Blackboard (Bb) 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 Bb, allowing students to access additional information and communicate with lecturers / fellow students. Discussion boards are used to facilitate means of communication and encourage on-line 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. Graduates from this course will have strong career prospects in their chosen subject in the secondary sector.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics at grade B or above to be accepted on the programme. If applicants do not have GCSE grade ‘B’ in English or Maths at application, they will be required to resit these subjects before joining the programme. An alternative route to resitting GCSE Maths / English is also available in the form of an Equivalency test. This is currently offered by the University of South Wales: Essential Mathematics for Teaching / Essential English for Teaching. This is a 10 week course held one evening per week during the Spring term. For more information, please visit

Applicants who meet the essential criteria for courses which lead to QTS at Cardiff Metropolitan University will be required to sit 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 requested to sit these tests with additional needs will need to notify us immediately so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Three year programme:

Applicants may have A levels in Welsh / Music, and will need 260 UCAS points to include grades CC, one to be in Welsh / Music.

Non A level students must display a firm knowledge of their chosen subject (Welsh / Music).
Welsh applicants must display a good level of conversational Welsh and must demonstrate the potential to achieve high standards in the study of the Welsh language.

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.

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 Welsh / 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 Procedure:
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.


Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Pre Entry Skills Tests
BA Secondary Education Welsh / Music with QTS

Literacy Test
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.

  • The second will test comprehension skills.

Welsh applicants will be required to read and respond to an article in Welsh, demonstrating an understanding of the content and responding to the points raised. Candidates will be required to respond in English and Welsh, reflecting on their own personal experiences of Education and learning. This second test will be 45 minutes long, with a word count of approximately 250 words (1 side of A4). Click here for the link to exemplar paper.

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.

Numeracy Test

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. Welsh applicants will respond to question both in English and Welsh, and Music applicants will be interviewed in English. If Music applicants wish to request a Welsh Medium teaching placement, then they will be asked some questions in Welsh to assess their oral skills.

Music Practical
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.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s):
BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Music: XW33
BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Welsh: XQ3M

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time.
This is a full-time programme for students who wish to become Secondary Welsh or Music teachers. Two options are available for students according to individual background and experience. The three year programme is designed for students without HE credits, who wish to pursue a career in teaching Welsh/Music.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leaders:

Viv John
Tel: 029 2041 6502

Dr Gina Morgan
Tel: 029 2041 7251

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

See Also:
Cardiff School of Education Website

Student Life

Check out why Cardiff is such a great place to study


For more information about getting as place in halls.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

View current tuition fees and what scholarships are available.

Open Days

Find out more about when you can visit us and book a place online.

Student Support Services

Advice on disability, careers, counselling, health and finance.

How to Apply

Find out how and when you should apply.

Library & Learning Facilities

Check out the library and learning facilities available to our students.

Sports Facilities

Click here for further information on sports facilities.

Students Union

Visit the Students Union website for more information.

Research  & Enterprise

Latest information on Research and Enterprise at the University.

Campuses & Travel

Information on how to find us including directions and maps.

Investing in your Future

Over £50 million planned investment in estates and facilities.