Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Harbour Learning Trust Drama (F811)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Bishop Grosseteste University
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
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to successful trainees at the end of the full School Direct Training year. This allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This qualification is also recognised internationally. Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree. The School Direct Programme runs from September through to July, for each academic year. The Harbour Learning Trust (HLT) provides an exceptionally high standard and varied compulsory CPD training programme throughout the training year. All CPD is delivered by outstanding teachers from across the region, both within and externally to our trust alliance. At the start of the year trainees attend compulsory blocks of training at the HEI and subsequently attend the HEI once a week throughout the remainder of the School Direct training year.

Trainees work very closely with an institution/school-based mentor, have weekly meetings with this mentor and monitor personal progress against The Core Content framework (CCF.) The amount of time trainees spend teaching will gradually increase over the course of the year. It is unique according to each trainee’s individual progression paths, their confidence and prior classroom experience. Trainees will work towards teaching a 70% timetable by the end of the programme.

All trainees will work with a school-based mentor from within their specialist subject area, or key stage. They will observe and teach lessons with both the mentor and host teachers within the specific area.

School placements

The School Direct training programme will take place in two institutions over the course of the academic year. A key benefit of the The Harbour Learning Trust Training is that applicants can select their phase one placement institution, which is returned to for the entirety of phase three. The Harbour Learning Trust allocates the phase two contrasting institution placement, which is based around the specific training needs of those on our courses.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Candidates should be advised that their degree subject should match or be closely related to Drama.

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 maths.

The equivalency tests accepted remain at the discretion of our HEI partnerships. The recommendation is that an individual who wishes to train with the Harbour Learning Trust for ITT directly contact the relevant HEI provider prior to submission of their application.

Personal qualities

Applicants must show enthusiasm and confidence for the subject; a commitment to teaching and possess a genuine desire to enhance the learning experiences of young people. Applicants must have the ability to work effectively as a member of a team, show good interpersonal skills and display reflection on their own practice. Good communication and organisational skills are essential to a trainees progression throughout this course.

Other requirements

Please note that prior school-based experience is not a statutory requirement for our applicants. We do, however, view such experience as desirable. All applicants to the Harbour Learning Trust must possess an Enhanced DBS criminal records check, as a compulsory requirement, to enable them to work across Schools within our partnership. This must be in place by 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course and is sourced in conjunction with the HEI provider.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The Harbour Learning Trust (HLT), School Direct (SD) Teacher Training programme is a ‘hands-on’ and ‘bespoke’ programme. Trainees spend the majority of their training year in their placement schools ‘learning on the job’ from outstanding experienced classroom practitioners. A key feature of The Humber Teaching School’s SD programme is that applicants decide which institution they wish to undertake their training in, therefore all of Phase One and Three are completed in the institution of the trainee’s choice. Trainees train in two contrasting institutions and SD places are offered across the full age range (from 11 through to 19-year-old students. The Harbour Learning Trust is extremely proud of its 100% success rate, achieved consistently since 2011 when the previous Humber Teaching School originated. All HLT trainees since this time, wishing to gain employment within the local area have done so. Many have gained employment within the partnership / alliance institutions. All placements through The Harbour Learning Trust are in outstanding and good local Secondary Schools and FE providers

Interview process

Once shortlisted by The Harbour Learning Trust (HLT), applicants will be invited to attend interview with both The Harbour Learning Trust and HEI partner, following a telephone pre-screening. The interview requires applicants to undertake a series of individual teaching based tasks. Applicants will be interviewed either face-to-face in a school setting or via video conference. The interview tasks include: an assessment of classroom proficiency and teaching potential, through a taught lesson or presentation. An assessment of applicant’s reflection and evaluation skills, followed by a formal panel interview.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

The Harbour Learning Trust cares equally about all of our trainees and aim to support the needs of every trainee with consistency throughout the entirety of the School Direct training year. We are very proud to offer a programme of ‘bespoke’ support and professional development that is suitable to the varying and individual needs of all our trainees. Applicants are not obliged to disclose their disabilities and appropriate provision will be provided for all trainees to promote positive equality.

Contact this training provider

The Harbour Learning Trust, Healing Science Academy
Low Road
DN41 7QD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022