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.

Lampton Academy Drama (H728)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
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

The SCITT course is aimed at developing the professional skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become an outstanding reflective practitioner who can provide creative, challenging and purposeful teaching. Embedded in a school from the beginning of the course you will receive training on one day a week, enabling you to make immediate links between taught sessions and school experience. Delivered by outstanding current practitioners, with the support of experienced and specially trained school mentors, the course is innovative in its approach to general professional studies, using the expertise of the London West Alliance and its partners to inform the programme. The course is active and demanding, including simulations of classroom activities, group sessions and sharing developments in pedagogy. These sessions provide support and challenge to help you progress. We use e-learning to support discussion, encourage creative teaching and to share experience and expertise. Assessment for QTS are focussed on your direct experience in the classroom.

The course is supported by the expertise of Roehampton University who provide teaching and academic support for a PGCE (M), library access and taught sessions by subject tutors. Written assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments into teaching and learning and to research an aspect of your practice in school.

This course will prepare you to teach all aspects of drama in secondary school. By the end of the course you will have learnt how to develop and extend your pupils’ dramatic understanding, skills and knowledge in all its forms, how to organise, structure and assess work for a range of abilities and ages, how to meet the needs of individual learners and how to implement strategies promoting equal opportunities. You will learn about current developments in the teaching of drama, its place in the curriculum and the wider use of drama to support and enhance the secondary educational experience of pupils.

The aim of the course is to produce more than strong classroom practitioners; we aim also to produce reflective teachers who will go on to participate in, and influence, the future development of drama education.

School placements

There are currently 14 schools in the LWA SCITT partnership, mainly located in or near the borough of Hounslow, although some are situated more widely across London. The course is for 11-16 but we guarantee experience of KS5 as part of the programme. Trainees have 2 placements, the first placement is their main school. However, they will spend half a term from January until mid-February in a contrasting second placement school.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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.

We accept the equivalency tests in mathematics offered by Equivalency Testing and A Star Teachers. We accept the equivalency tests in English offered by IELTS with a score of 7.0 ( or above or Trinity ISE III Trinity College

Personal qualities

We actively welcome applications from a range of trainees with different backgrounds. We believe our pupils benefit from working with teachers with different experiences; from more mature students, valuing their experience of life and of the world of work: to applicants straight from their first degrees. However all potential candidates should have:

  • a strong sense of moral purpose and belief in the transformative purpose of education
  • high professional standards
  • a passion for their subject
  • excellent communication skills
  • ability to think critically
  • excellent organisational skills
  • empathy
  • resilience
  • stamina

Other requirements

  1. Successful candidates are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition checks. Those who have worked or lived abroad for 12 months or more cumulatively in the previous 10 years to application will need to provide an Overseas Police check.
  2. Literacy and numeracy competency to be assessed through the LWA SCITT.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

We have been leading innovation and developing expertise in initial teacher training for 16 years and our programme is led by a team of highly expert practitioners who are also established researchers in the field of education and teacher development. Our intensive training programme is at the cutting edge, with enhanced professional studies to enable you to be creative practitioners ready for the challenges of teaching in the 21st century. This secondary programme will prepare you to teach young people in the 11-16 age phase. You will also benefit from opportunities to develop your ability to teach at sixth form level and from learning about pupil experience of the primary curriculum. Begin your journey into the profession with us!

You can achieve Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Masters level credits when you train with us. We offer a PGCE using the expertise of our partner Roehampton University who provide our research based subject studies.

We will also support you in developing your subject knowledge for teaching. Our subject mentors are effective teachers and in addition they are required to undertake a training programme, based on most effective practice, ready to support you on your entry into the profession.

We have an excellent employability record, with excellent employment outcomes

Interview process

A rigorous selection and interview process is undertaken so that only candidates with excellent subject knowledge and aptitude for teaching enter the programme. Interviews take place at the LWA SCITT (Lampton School). The interview process is designed to assess suitability to teach and will focus on the applicant’s:

  • communication skills (literacy and oracy)
  • potential to teach and understanding of a teacher’s role
  • subject knowledge
  • personal, organisational and transferable skills

The assessment day consists of the following:

  • a short teaching activity with pupils focused on clear communication and potential to teach
  • a group activity focused on communication and listening skills and the candidates’ vision and values about teaching; a reading and writing task
  • a panel interview
  • confirmation of identity and qualifications
  • the opportunity to identify development needs

After the assessment day you will receive formal notification via the DfE portal. You may be made a conditional offer (for example, dependent on the skills tests, equivalency testing, subject knowledge enhancement courses). You may receive an unconditional offer (still subject to enhanced safeguarding clearance). When you have accepted a place on our course we will contact you with details on starting the programme.

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

Individual needs are identified through application and interview process to ensure appropriate and reasonable adjustments are made to accommodate the candidate prior to starting the course. Throughout the course trainees are assigned to one of the lead members of the central team with whom they have regular one to one check ins. This means those with particular needs can be regularly monitored and early support can be put in place where necessary and in conjunction with appropriate agencies when needed.

Contact this training provider

020 8538 4790
Lampton School
Lampton Avenue

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