Universities Scotland Event at the Scottish Parliament
Featuring RCS, Fair Access and GMAC Partnership
The RCS Filmmaking and Fair Access teams represented RCS at Universities Scotland’s Scottish Parliament reception on Tuesday 31 January, where Higher Education institutions showcased their inspiring contributions to the economic transformation of Scotland.
RCS and Fair Access highlighted our partnership with GMAC Film and the way we work together to support people into the film and television industry.
The photograph includes Dayton Mungai, BA Actors student and Fair Access Ambassador, BA Filmmaking graduate Colleen Bell and Kieran Howe, who graduated from the former BA Digital Film and Television programme. They’re joined by members of RCS’s Fair Access team and BA Filmmaking programme, along with Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, RCS Principal, and Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.
Short Courses, Masterclasses and In Conversations, 5 – 15 April
WACI are delighted to announce that applications for our Come and Try Online Festival are now open!
Whether you’ve already got loads of experience or you want to try something for the first time, the Come and Try Online Festival is a great way to get your creativity flowing, work with experienced artists and meet other young people who are into the same things as you are.
Taking place from 5 – 15 April, all of the workshops and Q&A sessions will take place on Zoom – and best of all, it’s all free!
As we have approached the end of the year we wanted to thank all our students for your commitment during such challenging times. We can see how hard all our Transitions and Widening Access to the Creative Industries students have been working and the Fair Access Team are really proud of you all.
We believe that the performing and production arts have the power to change lives and we’ve seen this first hand through our workshops, outreach, creative projects, performance trips, creative conversations and events. We hope that you all get to spend the time with the people you like the best over the holidays.
Advice and Support
We have also compiled a list of support services offering advice and support for care experienced and estranged young people over the festive period should you need them:
1/ Time to Talk – A number you can call for confidential support and advice.
Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours: Inspiring tomorrow’s teaching Application deadline: 15 Jan 2021
The Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is the only undergraduate programme in Scotland dedicated to teaching the next generation of music teachers within a conservatoire setting. This vocational programme offers musicians an alternative to a performance career – where they can study their passion for music and education for four years at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and then progress to inspire and nurture young people in classrooms.
Why choose RCS?
• Study at one of the world’s top 10 performing arts education institutions (QS World University Rankings 2020) • Inspire and nurture young people in classrooms • Guaranteed probationary year of employment (Scottish, UK and EU students) • Starting salary is approx. £27K • 100% of graduates are in employment (HESA, 2017/18) • Gain provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland • Have the choice to balance a part-time career in teaching with a freelance career in music
What’s it like being a Music teacher?
RCS Graduate Claire Friary tells us:
“I graduated from the BEd Music course in 2017. I completed my probation year at Coatbridge High School and I was lucky enough to be kept on after this year and eventually made a permanent member of staff in early 2019. I am now in my 4th year of teaching at Coatbridge High and I absolutely love every single day of my job as a music teacher!
The BEd Music course leaves you well-equipped with all of the necessary tools to become an excellent music teacher. I undertook 5 different placements during my undergraduate degree (1 in primary, 4 in secondary) which gave me a magnitude of experience across schools with all ages and abilities.
Last year, I was appointed the Musical Director of our annual school show. I have also been involved in plenty of whole school initiatives outside of my subject, such as organising the S5/6 Winter Wonderland Ball and supervising in the Pupil Support Base and Learning Zone.
The best part of my job is watching pupils grow and flourish in music. I have witnessed so many young people come through the ranks in my department now and it is so rewarding to see their enthusiasm, determination, and progress over the years.”
The Fair Access Team would like to extend a warm thanks to everyone who virtually attended our recent Fair Access Expo.
It was a bit different this year – however, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re glad so many of you found it useful. For those who couldn’t make it along on the day, our microsite contains a recording of the live sessions ready to watch back.
Have you ever wanted to know more about Fair Access at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, including information on the Transitions and WACI Programmes? Are looking for advice in studying or working in the performing arts?
Why not head over to our microsite now to watch back our live sessions:
Meet The Teams, Transitions and WACI
Industry Interview, with Laura Waddell and Graeme Smilie
Student Life, a showcase and Q&A (Content Warning! Swearing)
You can also:
watch pre-recorded videos from students and professionals
hear from the Assistant Principal and Fair Access Manager at RCS
watch our Fair Access Virtual Band perform
find links to information on UCAS and UCAS Conservatoires,
links to funding information from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
WHERE: Online via Zoom (Participants will be sent information via email)
We know how daunting it can be pursuing a career in the creative industries, especially when no one you know has done it before. The Fair Access Expo offers an opportunity for you and your family or carers to receive support and advice about the educational and professional journey you are about to embark on.
Meet the WACI and Transitions teams
Hear from those in the Creative Industries
Hear from our current students
Get involved in our interactive workshop
If you are a Transitions students or WACI pupil, you with your family, friends or carers are warmly invited to our Fair Access Expo. All members of your household are encouraged to join in!
This is event is free to attend but booking is essential.
Booking Now Closed
Booking Deadline: Fri 23 October
If you have any question please feel free to contact us by emailing: WACI@rcs.ac.uk
Following the Prime Minister’s and Scotland’s First Minster’s briefings yesterday, RCS will be closing the campus buildings from 4PM on Friday.
Due to this the Fair Access Expo is being rescheduled to later in the year. No activities based at RCS will be taking place until further notice. In the meantime, we will be arranging online resources for our pupils and will reschedule other activities where possible.