Music BEd


The programme is modular in structure and has three main areas of study: music studies, teacher education and school experience.

This degree provides a dual qualification, enabling you to teach music in both primary and secondary sectors.

Programme structure

The programme is modular in structure and has three main areas of study – music studies, teacher education and school experience.

Music studies

This area of study is taught at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with the emphasis on performance, creative studies and the history of music. You will receive one-to-one tuition on your first-study instrument and will be taught keyboard skills and piano accompaniment skills in small groups.

Teacher education

Within this area there are two major strands of activity: preparation for school experience, and learning and teaching.

The main areas of study are:

  • primary and secondary education
  • how children learn
  • assessment and evaluation
  • aspects of the curriculum and how it develops
  • aspects of the Scottish education system and its changing context
  • educational and information technologies

School experience

Students undertake school placements in all four years of the programme, starting with the Primary sector in year 1 and the Secondary sector in years 2 to 4. You will be equipped to provide inspiring, stimulating and memorable learning experiences for young people; you will nurture in them an appreciation of music, both in itself and in its place in the wider world; and you will introduce them to skills that will allow them to make a positive contribution to society.

Special Glasgow feature

In keeping with Scottish Education Policy it is envisaged that students on this programme may have an opportunity to study courses within their undergraduate degree which are at Masters level.

Our international links

In year 3 there is an opportunity to study for some of your time at Trinity College, Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. There are also exchange agreements in place with a number of other conservatoires across Europe and the USA.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017

Entry requirements are set by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Visit for further information.

Interview policy

No applicant can be admitted to this programme without interview and audition. Interviews/auditions are normally held between January and April in the session prior to admission, although other arrangements may be made in exceptional circumstances. On receipt of your application you will be invited to attend an audition/interview. At the same time you will be provided with additional information regarding the nature of the audition/interview.

Disclosure Scotland

If you are accepted to a teaching degree you must undertake a Criminal Convictions check prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check. Details will be sent to you.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

This programme is the main route into music teaching in Scotland, and as such, Home/EU graduates are eligible for one year’s induction experience in a Scottish secondary school. Following the probationary year, our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment as primary or secondary school music teachers in Scotland and internationally. As in any other degree-level qualification, the graduate attributes developed equip students for a career in a range of educational contexts or as the basis for further study.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

Degree: BEd

Taught at and applied through Royal Converatoire of Scotland

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

This programme is offered jointly by the University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Application is made through CUKAS ( to the Royal Conservatoire which also awards the degree. As the Royal Conservatoire is entirely responsible for selecting and interviewing students, you should contact them to enquire about admissions procedures and progress of your application.