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.

St John Bosco Drama (343D)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Liverpool Hope 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


Across our Partner schools and wider Alliance, we have real expertise in the Performing Arts. This is showcased though in-school events as well as collaborative productions where opportunities arise. “Ten Piece” was one such event for the BBC in 2016 which saw schools from across the city perform different interpretations for ten pieces of music through dance or drama.

You will be supported in your development by a subject mentor on each of your school placements, as well as being able to draw upon the expertise of tutors at Liverpool Hope University.

Practical by nature, Drama relies upon performance and participation through the curriculum as well as extra -curricular activities. These form a large part of school life and are a real way to draw the community together.

School placements will cover the 11-16 age range, along with a KS5 enhancement.

Entry requirements Essential:

  • An undergraduate Honours Degree 2:1 or above, incorporating at least 50% Drama.

  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics. These can be pending but required before enrolment.

  • Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau CRB).

  • Mainstream secondary school experience is beneficial but not essential.

School placements

Trainees spend three to four days per week in their placement across the first two terms and are there full time in the final term. The rest of the week is comprised of: one day per week at Liverpool Hope University further developing subject knowledge and pedagogy.

In addition, there are 12 Masters days across the academic year which are also delivered at Liverpool Hope University. Initial Professional Development (School) sessions form part of the training delivered at St John Bosco. These sessions are delivered by our wide-ranging specialist practitioners who are experts in their field. As part of the programme, trainees undertake a placement within our network of SEND schools as well as an enrichment week, experiencing other aspects of school life.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, 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

What are we looking for in a candidate?

We are looking to recruit talented candidates who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching coupled with the drive and ambition to make it happen.

The sorts of personal qualities we are looking for are:

  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisation and time management
  • Resilience
  • A passion for your subject
  • A positive outlook
  • A creative and innovative approach
  • The ability to reflect on and improve practice
  • Potential leadership capabilities

Other requirements

When attending interview, candidates will be required to bring photo ID along with GCSE certificates (English & Mathematics) and degree certificate if already received. Proof of name change is required if applicable (i.e. if you have married since receiving your certificates).

If interviews have to be conducted virtually in response to COVID restrictions, the above will be required as scanned documents or photographs but the actual documents may be required by Liverpool Hope University in order that conditions can be fully met. A condition of any offer requires candidates to undertake a DBS check (formerly CRB) and an Overseas check.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

  • Participate in an induction day at the start of the programme, focusing on key elements, aspects of teaching & learning and how to create an effective climate for learning.

  • Assigned a Professional Mentor and school based Subject Mentor who will design a programme to meet your subject training needs.

  • Experience contrasting placements across the academic year. Historically we’ve operated a three placement programme with trainees experiencing two schools. Depending upon potential COVID restrictions, these placements may be adjusted.

  • Undertake a period observing pupils within your “Home” school context. “Orientation” is crucial to long term success allowing you to embed within your school setting and become familiar with rules and routines.

  • Start teaching practice within your department by team teaching, gradually progressing to solo teaching, observed by the class teacher who will provide constructive feedback to aid development. One-to-one tuition and/or small group intervention may feature within your timetable.

  • Move to another school for your contrasting placement between January and April before returning to “Home” school for the summer term. The length of the second placement is dependent on potential COVID restrictions at the time.

  • Be treated as a member of staff and expected to take part in all aspects of school life.

  • Work alongside outstanding practitioners who support professional development.

  • Attend staff meetings.

  • Receive CPD in placement schools that complement your training at University and “on the job”.

  • Experience CPD from Specialist Leaders of Education.

  • Receive opportunities for enhancement throughout the year, including experience in a special school setting.

Interview process

As part of the process, you will be required to:

  • Complete and submit a written task prior to interview
  • Plan, prepare and deliver a short input to a small group of students on a pre-given topic. This may be adapted in light of any COVID restrictions at the time of your interview whereupon you will be expected to either deliver or explain the lesson to the interview panel, outlining what you would expect pupils to achieve as a result of your input
  • Undertake a formal interview with a small panel
  • Complete a timed written task, usually reflecting upon your teaching input or creating a letter to parents on a given issue.

Interviews are with a small panel comprising of the Director of Teacher Development Partnership, a subject teacher/Head of Department and a representative from Liverpool Hope University. In some instances, a colleague from one of our Partner schools will attend.

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

St John Bosco is committed to providing an inclusive environment which enables all students to achieve their potential.

If you have a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia, you will hopefully indicate this on your UCAS/Application form. This will help us to arrange the most appropriate and suitable support for you in conjunction with Liverpool Hope University.

If you declare a disability on your application form and accept an offer to study with us, we will contact you by email to request more information from you.

Contact this training provider

St John Bosco Arts College
61 Storrington Avenue
L11 9DQ

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