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DC012

Religious Education and Music

Course Details

CAO Code:
DC012
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Placement:
Yes
Delivery Mode:
Full-time
Minimum Points
420
Duration:
4 yr
Phone:
+353 (0) 1
700 9247

Are you passionate about music? Are you fascinated by the big questions and ideas at the heart of religious belief systems? With this degree, you can look forward to a great career as a post-primary teacher in two highly rewarding subjects.

Overview

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This exciting programme blends theory and practice, preparing you to be an effective and inspiring teacher in two distinct subjects. Graduates are qualified to teach Religious Education and Music to Honours Leaving Certificate level.

You will explore the ideas behind Theology, Religious Studies and Ethics. You’ll also develop your musicianship to an advanced level and learn about composition. Alongside the core subject areas, the course has a focus on teamwork, leadership, communication and creativity - skills that will serve you well in a teaching career and can also transfer to a number of other professions.

This programme also prepares you for the modern-day teaching environment by offering valuable and extensive teaching experience, both within the university and in school-based placements.

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Careers & Further Options

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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.

  • Government Departments
  • International Development Agencies
  • Media
  • Post Primary Schools
  • Private Sector
  • The Arts
Broadcaster
Chaplaincy
Consultant
Education Leadership
Educational Administrator
Journalism
Musician Composer
Parish Ministry
Principal
Second Level Teacher
Second-Level Teachers
Principals
Educational Leaders
Educational Administrators
Consultants
Broadcasters
Journalists
Chaplains
Parish Ministers

Entry Requirements

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Applicants for the Bachelor of Religious Education and Music (DC012) programme are advised that there will be no music theory/aural test or audition/interview for this programme for 2023 entry.

If you have any questions about Music on the Bachelor of Religious Education and Music programme (DC012), please contact Dr Seán Doherty: sean.doherty@dcu.ie 

 

 

 

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 or nominee for Mature applicants who have a high level of performance and music theory training through classes over a number of years).  

Applicants for the Bachelor of Religious Education and Music (DC012) programme are advised that there will be no music theory/aural test or audition/interview for this programme. All applicants who have applied through the CAO for this programme will be deemed eligible to
compete for a place on the programme, subject to meeting the general entry requirements noted above and the programme-specific entry requirements, i.e. minimum of H4 in Music.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: A minimum of grade D in GCE A Level Music or a minimum grade C in GCE AS Level Music.  

Applicants for the Bachelor of Religious Education and Music (DC012) programme are advised that there will be no music theory/aural test or audition/interview for this programme. All applicants who have applied through the CAO for this programme will be deemed eligible to
compete for a place on the programme, subject to meeting the general entry requirements noted above and the programme-specific entry requirements.

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.

Please visit our QQI FET webpage for details on DCU courses, open days, campus tours or school visits.

To apply to DCU, please visit www.cao.ie.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Religious Education and Music (DC012) programme are advised that there will be no music theory/aural test or audition/interview for this programme. All applicants who have applied through the CAO for this programme will be deemed eligible to
compete for a place on the programme, subject to meeting the general entry requirements and the programme-specific entry requirements i.e. minimum of five distinctions in any QQI award which must include a distinction in 5N1849, Music Theory and Practice.

No Entry Path

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. Click here for further information on international applications.

  

 

 

Course Structure

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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.

  • 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

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Fees

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/QQI Level 5 examinations:

This course is no longer restricted for entry 2024. Apply through the Central Applications Office (www.cao.ie) by 1st February / 1st May.  Applicants can also avail of the change of mind process (1st July) once they have made their initial application by 1st May.

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

 

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants for the Bachelor of Religious Education and Music (DC012) programme are advised that there will be no music theory/aural test or audition/interview for this programme for 2024 entry. All applicants will be deemed eligible to compete for a place on the programme, subject to meeting
the general entry requirements noted above and the programme-specific entry requirements, i.e. minimum of H4 in Music at Leaving Certificate or equivalent (this restriction may be waived by the Head of School or nominee).

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie
 

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FAQs

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I am interested in studying Religious Education and would like to teach it at post primary level. What other subjects can I study along with Religious Education?
DCU Institute of Education offers three different combinations for those who wish to teach Religious Education and another subject at post-primary level. These courses are 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 post-primary schools:

*DC012: In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the University, the following entry requirements apply: H4 in Music or equivalent (this requirement may be waived by the Head of Music). DC012 is a restricted entry course. Applicants must apply through CAO by 1 February. Late applications cannot be accepted. Applicants must take music aural and performance tests. For details, please visit: https://www.dcu.ie/registry/dc012-music-test-information.shtml

If you have any questions about Music on the Bachelor of Religious Education and Music programme (DC012), please contact Dr Seán Doherty: sean.doherty@dcu.ie directly.