Secondary Education: Music or Welsh 11-16 (Leading to Qualified Teacher Status) - BA (Hons)
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.
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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.
Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met’s PGCE Secondary programme. Apart from the PGCE Welsh programme, all subject areas are taught through the medium of English, but all school placements and a significant element of the professional development on the programme can be undertaken through the medium of Welsh. Welsh language support is given to students wishing to teach through the medium of Welsh to enhance their language skills.
Graduates of the course will be registered for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allowing entry to the teaching profession at secondary level. The shortage of teachers of Welsh and Music will ensure that graduates from this course will have strong career prospects.
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics at grade B or above. Please click here for further details on B grade GCSE equivalents (English and Mathematics).
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:
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 criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Pre Entry Skills Tests
September 2013 Entry Undergraduate programmes:
BA Secondary Education Welsh / Music with QTS
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.
There will be one numeracy test which focuses on the functional mathematics which teachers need in their professional role.
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 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.
BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Music: XW33
BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Welsh: XQ3M
All pathways lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
School: Cardiff School of Education
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 http://www.ucas.com/
For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply
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.
Tuition Fees and Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and additional costs relating to this programme please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees and www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts.