Teach Manchester Drama (V614)

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

Accredited body
The Manchester Metropolitan University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://teachmanchester.com/

Contents

Course summary

Our School Direct course consists of a variety of learning experiences, focused on practical training in teaching and learning related skills. This practical training is underpinned by the development of participant’s knowledge and understanding of education theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancing their awareness of current educational issues and developments.

This course will be delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, who will award both Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Masters level credits as a PGCE on successful completion. You’ll have lectures and seminars at Manchester Met and will normally spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in up to two schools.

At university, you will mainly study with students in your specialism. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver lessons through interactive, hands-on workshops.

Although you will mostly learn with your subject group, you’ll take critical studies lectures and reflect on professional development in sessions with mixed groups with students from other subject areas.

These sessions help you to develop all aspects of your professional practice. Some of the topics you’ll explore include behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, and safeguarding.

You’ll also develop your study skills during these lectures, engaging with the latest educational research and theories. Engaging with research ensures your classroom practice is current and meets the needs of your learners. Many of your tutors are involved in research and will be able to provide insight into how this informs your teacher persona and classroom practice.

At the beginning of the course, you’ll be supported in developing your study skills and how to engage with postgraduate studies, alongside being introduced to education and the professional requirements of teachers.

We’ll also give you a full overview of the year and the tasks you’ll be completing, to help you to stay organised throughout the course.

On your placements, you’ll put the skills you’ve learnt at university into practice and build your confidence in the classroom. You’ll develop your subject knowledge and understanding of subject specialist teaching.

Whilst on placement, you’ll be supported by an experienced mentor. They will guide you through all aspects of your placement, from teaching your first lesson to assessing and reporting to parents.

During your placements, you’ll meet a variety of different learners and you’ll be supported to develop your teaching to meet their individual needs.

School placements

You will become part your first placement School early September and start your placement early October, this is earlier than University led programmes. You will receive intensive support from our experienced team of teachers and mentors from the beginning of your placement.
You will build your skills through observation, reflection, and attendance at both alliance training sessions and university led sessions. This will support you in building your skill set towards teaching whole class lessons, and then onto a significant timetable by the end of the year.

Placement A This practice credit unit is one of two units that enables you to demonstrate your progress toward meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. It provides contexts in which you can put into practice your own learning, reflect on your actions, evaluate your role in relation to pupils’ learning and review your performance in teaching.

Placement B This practice credit unit is the second of two practice credit units that enables you to demonstrate your progress toward meeting the Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. It provides contexts in which you can put into practice your own learning, reflect on your actions, evaluate your role in relation to pupils’ learning and review your performance in supporting teaching and learning in a more autonomous fashion.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Degree - You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the national curriculum for computing. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

  • Appropriate post-16 qualifications

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.

You may be able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer Manchester Met GCSE equivalency tests. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: adult numeracy and literacy, functional skills or key skills

Personal qualities

Our strongest applicants have undertaken some observation in a school and reflected on their experiences and the role of the teacher. To apply for teacher training the personal statement plays an important role in the admissions process. Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a primary school setting. You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

If you are due to graduate or have graduated within the last three years your principal referee must be a university lecturer.

Other requirements

We also recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and satisfactory health check are also required. Instructions on how to complete these checks will be provided once you hold a firm offer for this course.

Overseas
Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS 7.0 with no component below 6.0, taken within two years of course start date. Further details can be found on www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £18,500

Please check for SPECIALIST COSTS with MMU

https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/course/pgce-secondary-art-and-design-with-qts#fees

Travel costs to placements (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by Teach Manchester the University.

About the training provider

Teach Manchester is an experienced School Direct alliance of primary, secondary, specialist and sixth form schools and colleges based in Central Manchester. Teach Manchester works in partnership with three universities to offer innovative and exciting Initial Teacher Education. We are committed to providing an outstanding programme of support to student teachers so that they develop into confident and competent teachers who can contribute to the culture of excellence across the alliance and beyond.

We work in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester and the University of Cumbria to offer innovative and exciting Initial Teacher Education across primary, primary with SEND and secondary subject specialisms. Our programme equips new teachers with the skills and knowledge to be outstanding teachers and is delivered by specialist leaders of education (SLEs), school leaders and colleagues from our university partners. Upon successful completion of our programme you will be awarded both Qualified Teacher Status and up to 60 Masters Level Credits as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) by our partner universities.

Every child should be taught by an outstanding teacher.

Interview process

You will be expected to attend an online or face-to-face interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

All programmes include a panel interview where we are looking to find our more about your skills, knowledge, experience and passion.
The interview process takes place over a half-day at our lead School St Peter’s High RC School.

  • an introductory talk
  • a personal interview designed to identify your suitability and commitment to teaching
  • a short presentation
  • a short theme task
  • identity and qualification checks (please provide photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications)

All offers we make after interview will be conditional on; satisfactory medical clearance, clearance through the Disclosure and Barring service, validation of any declared qualification and the acquisition of any pending qualifications. Individual offers may have additional conditions and you are advised to carefully read these.

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

All successful applicants are required to undergo a Fitness to Teach assessment as a condition of offer. These are undertaken by the Occupational Health contractor of the partner university.

We encourage all applicants with disabilities and other needs to talk to us individually regarding their needs and how we can best support them during the period between accepting an offer and the start of the course to ensure that we can make appropriate arrangements. We will use information from the applicant and from professional referrals (for example GPs, Occupational Health, Education Psychologist) as appropriate to provide support on an individual basis.

We work collaboratively with our accrediting universities to support students, and services such as counselling are available through the partner university.

We work with the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Cumbria. Please check the course description to find out the partner university for the course that you are interested in.

Contact this training provider

Email
schooldirect@teachmanchester.com
Telephone
0161 248 1550
Website
https://teachmanchester.com/
Address
St Peter's RC High School
Kirkmanshulme Lane
Manchester
M12 4WB

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).

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