The Arts


Teacher training options in The Arts

  • Art and Design teachers must have a degree in art and design (or a similar subject) and a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
  • Dance teaching tends to be delivered by teachers of physical education who either have a degree in a suitable sports subject (including dance) and a post-graduate PGDE qualification or they will have studied a degree that combines sport and education.
  • Drama teachers must have a degree in drama or theatre studies plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
  • Music teachers need a degree in music plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) OR a degree that combines music and education.

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in The Arts at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.

Cheryl Mackenzie – Music Teacher at Aith Junior High School

“I enjoyed my previous job as a youth worker but it didn’t offer the same challenge and continual development of myself that I felt I needed. A teaching career seemed like the ideal choice and I wanted to raise awareness of the importance of music as a subject.

"No two days are ever the same. I need to be organised and ready for lessons but also adaptable and able to change tack if required. I listen to the pupils and what they want to learn then I try to incorporate it into lessons.

"If you are someone who really responds to continually developing yourself then consider teaching. You meet loads of amazing young people and work closely with them to help them achieve in school and develop skills they can apply later in life. If you have a passion for your subject and you want to share it, this is the perfect vocation."

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