Summit Learning Trust Drama (2HHN)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
South Birmingham SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Welcome to South Birmingham SCITT. We are an Ofsted ‘Good’ (May 2021) provider working in partnership with schools/academies across the West Midlands, focusing on Birmingham, Worcestershire, Coventry and Sandwell Please visit our website at : ( or contact Carol Lewis at for further information:-

Our course is full time following the school term dates, September to July. We offer personalised and bespoke support through the training year to ensure that you are fully prepared to enter the teaching profession as an ECT.

  • Face to face Professional Studies sessions include research and reflective practice, behaviour management, teaching & learning strategies, diversity, equality and inclusion, professional behaviours and SEND.
  • 3/4 days a week in school placement working with your assigned Daily Trainer and Lead Trainer
  • Placement schools allocated primarily upon the location of trainee and the availability of high quality support within our partnership schools.
  • Subject specific pedagogy days to enhance curriculum and subject knowledge
  • Trainees become reflective practitioners with specific targets to move their practice forwards using the training and mentoring cycle
  • 3 research assignments (3000 words each - Nov, Feb and May submission). The PGCertEd qualification offers 60 Level 7 Credits towards a Masters in Teaching and Learning. Birmingham City University offers the opportunity to continue and complete your full Masters in subsequent years
  • One-to-one support in securing your first teaching position and the transition to ECT
  • Expert support via School Based Trainers, Professional Tutors, Subject Tutors, Ex-Trainees and BCU Tutors – and cohort peers!

Our programmes are all the same whether they are through our SCITT or our School Direct Partners. South Birmingham SCITT, Colmore Partnership Training School Alliance, Summit Learning Trust, The Augustine Partnership.

Our training suite is centrally located at The Sixth Form College, Solihull – 5 minutes from the centre of Solihull and 20 minutes from Birmingham City Centre, offering ample parking and excellent transport links.

School placements

School placements are based on two factors. The first is the home address of the trainee. We want to ensure that your travel time is accessible and not too time constraining. The second is the availability of a Partnership school which can offer you high quality support. We aim to limit travel time to no more than 1 hour from your home. We will let you know your first placement as soon as possible, and there will be the opportunity to meet with your school based trainers prior to the course commencing A map of all our Primary and Secondary schools can be found on our website - ( We have a wide selection of Primary and Secondary Schools to choose placements from - new schools ask to join us all the time!

The majority of our trainees will complete a placement in the Autumn term and will then be placed in their alternative school for the Spring and Summer Terms. The placements will give you a range of experiences in educational settings - this may mean different size, socio-economic catchment, faith/non-faith for example. This will mean a slightly different journey for you, but we will always ensure that it is accessible and within the one hour journey time.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in drama or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are an equal opportunities provider and we are determined to ensure that no applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender reassignment, age, disability, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy/maternity or race.

We are looking for individuals who have a genuine interest in education and are ambitious in providing young people with a world of opportunities.

We welcome applicants who can bring a range of knowledge, skills, qualities and experience, and a determination to make a difference.

Check out our website – Contact -

Other requirements

If you studied outside of the UK, you will need to visit ENIC ( as a certificate of proof for equivalence will need to be obtained.

We do not expect you to have school experience upon application. But if you would like to gain some, please get in touch and we will arrange this for you.

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of all Safeguarding procedures.

You will be asked to complete an Occupational Health Questionnaire.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

£9250 tuition fee – you may be eligible for a student loan.

Subject dependent training bursaries may be available

About the training provider

Summit Learning Trust Under the School Direct programme we work in partnership with South Birmingham SCITT

South Birmingham SCITT

  • recognises that teaching is not just a job but a career. Our course gives you the knowledge and skills required in helping you become a teacher.
    • offers an ambitious programme where trainees experience a good combination of centre-based training and school placements to promote research and reflection.
  • was recognised by Ofsted (May 2021) as offering carefully planned placements that provide trainees with the knowledge and experience they need to teach.

  • Primary and Secondary Teacher Training

  • School led (South Birmingham SCITT and School Direct)

  • Learn from real teachers in real classrooms

  • Provides support in securing your first teaching position and the transition into ECT

  • Bespoke programme offering high levels of support to enable you to reach your full potential

  • Qualified Teacher Status and PGCertEd (MA Level7 x 60 credits)

  • 1 day in training, 4 days in placement

  • A strong partnership of experienced schools in Birmingham and surrounding areas offering consistently high quality mentoring

  • 19 years of experience training new teachers

  • Works closely with National partners such as NASBTT and the Chartered College of Teaching

  • Highly skilled practitioners to ensure high quality learning for the trainee

  • Strength of communication ensures that employment rates within partnership schools are consistently high

Our programmes are all the same whether they are through our SCITT or our School Direct Partners.

Interview process

Apply through ‘Apply’ (

Interview day

  • 5 minute presentation on something you are passionate about to help us find out more about you
  • Formal panel interview
  • Talk through a pre-prepared 20 minute learning activity showing the intended impact on students. To support you with this, a lesson plan proforma is provided
  • Individual/Group discussion activity
  • Subject Knowledge Baseline (to enable us to identify any specific gaps in knowledge)
  • Written reflection on the learning activity using feedback provided at the interview

You will have the opportunity to meet School Direct Leads, the SCITT Course Manager / Director and colleagues from the partnership. We will inform you of our decision within 48 hours Check out our website – (

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are an equal opportunities provider and we are determined to ensure that no applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender reassignment, age, disability, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy/maternity or race.

A condition of your offer will be the successful completion of an Occupational Health Check to satisfy the requirements for Fitness to Teach.

We endeavour to meet the needs of trainees with disabilities and you are welcome to discuss any needs or disabilities with us at any time during the application process.

If you have a disability, all reasonable adjustments will be made.

Contact this training provider

South Birmingham SCITT
Solihull Sixth Form College
Widney Manor Road
B91 3WR

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.