Wildern Partnership Drama (E445)

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

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Connect, Develop, Inspire

Our SCITT aims to develop resourceful and reflective early career teachers who are able to motivate learners to engage, achieve and develop.

Our curriculum is underpinned by four principal strands: Behaviours and Relationships; Diversity and Inclusion; Subject Pedagogy and Assessment.

Teaching timetables build up at an individual rate fully supported by a formally accredited trained mentor.

Curriculum related expectations drive formative and summative assessment through bespoke target setting.

Phase 1 / Phase 2 / Phase 3 – Scaffold and Develop

Lead School / Contrasting school

  • Expert practice modelled, theory and practice analysed

  • Integrated placement / provider-led learning for core curriculum and subject studies

  • Small group teaching, teaching short parts of lessons

  • Introduction to enrichment modules such as SEND, Mental Health, EAL

  • Building up to whole class planning, teaching and assessment

  • Working towards 40% timetable built up at a rate which is individual and managed by curriculum/phase and professional mentor

  • Subject study bespoke to phase/subject

  • Development of enrichment module

  • Theory/Practice relationships developed in contrasting setting

  • Experience in SEN, culturally diverse schools, Early Years, Primary, Secondary and FE depending on trainees’ Key Stages, in order to better understand transition

  • Subject study bespoke to phase/subject

Phase 4 – Develop and Refine

Lead School

  • Theory practice relationships consolidated

  • Teaching classes, groups and individual children, supported and assessed by school based mentors. Embedding subject knowledge for teaching and supporting pupil progress

  • Integrated on placement / provider led learning experience for core curriculum and subject studies

  • Working towards a 50% timetable built up at a rate which is individual and managed by curriculum / phase and professional mentor

  • Subject study bespoke to phase or subject

  • SEND, EAL and Mental Health and subject enrichments (optional)

  • Additional second subject enrichment modules (optional)

Phase 5 / Phase 6 – Refine and Enrich

Lead School

  • Integrated on placement / provider led learning experience for core curriculum and subject studies

  • Working towards 70% timetable built up at a rate which is individual and managed by curriculum/phase and professional mentor

  • Preparing for Employment in Education

  • Fridays based at the Training Centre for general curriculum studies

  • Subject study bespoke to phase/subject

  • Refinement of enrichment modules

  • Additional second subject enrichment modules (optional)

  • Further completion of teaching time, should any issues arise throughout the year.

School placements

Placement schools are selected following rigorous quality assurance processes of the placement which determines that the placement and mentoring will be of high quality, location; personal circumstances (such as means of transport, childcare); pedagogical and subject knowledge needs of the trainee; trainee’s prior background; commitment of the school and staff to the programme and a high level of professional development.

Trainees will teach the age ranges of 11-16 (Secondary programme) and also gain experience in early years and further education, as well as special schools, hospital schools and pupil behaviour units.

The Wildern Partnership SCITT partners with approximately 30 primary and secondary schools in diverse contexts.

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.

Candidates should use a third party, please see our website for further details.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Wildern Partnership SCITT is an outstanding local teacher training provider, developed through years of collaboration with a diverse range of partnership schools, colleges and universities.

We offer a school based, collaborative, quality and cross phase training programme which is adapted to your individual needs.

The full time one-year training programme in both Primary and Secondary commences in September. Successful completion of your training with us will result in QTS, along with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Masters level.

In addition to the academic support available we support your wellbeing through; professional coaching; a high level of pastoral care; subsidised gym membership.

Interview process

All applicants will receive the details of interview process (which is subject to change) if they are shortlisted. You may be asked to plan and facilitate an activity and have an individual formal interview. You will be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Audit, English and Mathematics skills audit and complete a written task.

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 pride ourselves on supporting those trainees with specific learning difficulties and disabilities, offering bespoke individualised provision.

Contact this training provider

Wildern Partnership, Wildern School
Wildern Lane
Hedge End

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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