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Institute of Education

Religious Education and Music

Bachelor of Religious Education and Music

  • CAO CodeDC012
  • Course type Undergraduate
  • Qualification Honours Bachelors Degree
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2017 357
  • Duration 4 Years

Fully qualify you to teach second level Religious Education and Music in just four years. This course offers a streamlined track to a profession in post-primary teaching, qualifying you to teach RE and Music to Honours Leaving Certificate Level.

In addition to teacher education, you’ll receive instruction in how to make the most of teamwork, leadership, communication and creativity. Your coursework will also cover Foundational and Professional Studies in Education; Theology, Religious Studies and Ethics; and Music.

Applicants must pass Music Aural and Performance tests to be admitted to the course.

Why do this course?

  • Specialised centre of excellence with a long and rich background in Teacher Education
  • 25% School Placement preparing you to teach in the 21st-century classroom
  • Qualify to teach RE & Music to Honours Leaving Certificate level
  • Track record of graduate employment in key educational positions in Ireland, Europe and Internationally

Student Voice

Not only did the music aspect cover everything I need to know to become a competent music teacher, but it also nourished my love of music. Since graduating I have secured a teaching position in a fantastic secondary school in Dublin.

Sinead Blake

About the course

The study of music combines an opportunity to develop your own musicianship to a high level with a chance to experience and engage with a wide range of musical styles through performance, through historical, analytical and contextual inquiry, and through composition. Subject areas include compositional techniques, music history and contextual studies, solfège/musicianship and keyboard skills, choral and instrumental performance, Irish traditional music, choral conducting, and music technology. All students participate in performance ensembles (choir, trad group, orchestra), which play an active role in the university’s cultural life, and which prepare you for the diverse challenges involved in music teaching and musical life more broadly.

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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

 

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

 

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Careers

This course is fully recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland, and upon graduation, you can register as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and apply immediately for employment in second level schools.

Graduates seek work as:

  • Broadcaster
  • Chaplaincy
  • Consultant
  • Education Leadership
  • Educational Administrator
  • Journalism
  • Musician Composer
  • Parish Ministry
  • Principal
  • Second Level Teacher

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Requirements

Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: minimum of H4 in Music or equivalent (this restriction may be waived by the Head of School).  Applicants must take Music Aural and Performance tests. Music Test information available here.  To view a sample paper for the Music Assessment Test click here  

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: A minimum of grade D in GCE A2 Level Music or a minimum grade C in GCE AS Level Music.  Students unable to take GCE A2 or AS Level Music may apply directly to the Head of School for equivalency at the Music test. Applicants must also pass the Music test. Music Test information available here.   To view a sample paper for the Music Assessment Test click here

Details of Music Tests and results will be sent to applicants by email.

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Applicants must take Music Aural and Performance tests. Music Test information available here.  To view a sample paper for the Music Assessment Test click here

Details of Music Tests and results will be sent to applicants by email.

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas. Such students may be admitted to Year One of the course and exempt from certain modules. Eiligible applicants will be required to successfully complete the Music Entrance tests.  DetailsMusic Test information available here.  To view a sample paper for the Music Assessment Test click here  

Details of Music Tests and results will be sent to applicants by email.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

  

 

 

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

This is a restricted course. Apply through the Central Applications Office (www.cao.ie) by 1st February. No applications can be made after this date.

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

This is a restricted course. Candidates should apply directly to DCU by the 1st February.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here
Upon completing the CAO application, all applicants will be required to attend for an interview and also complete Music Entrance Tests.   To view a sample paper for the Music Assessment Test click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clickinghttp://dcu.ie/sites/default/files/registry/pdfs/R10%20Undergraduate%20Application.pdf