Creative Education Trust Drama (K810)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

This course is supported by Nottingham Trent University and prepares you to teach Drama to pupils aged 11 to 18. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people’s development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in Drama as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.

The final award is offered at two levels:

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) – if all 120 academic credits gained at NQF level 6; Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), if 60 of the 120 credits gained at NQF level 7 (Masters). Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications but the postgraduate award also allows fast-track entry onto a Master’s course. Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching.

Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful Drama teachers.

You will be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

School placements

You will work within the Creative Education Trust at one of our secondary schools in Nottingham.

The School Direct route offers trainees an extended Professional Practice placement in one main school, supplemented by an additional placement (half a term) in a contrasting school.

This ensures a varied and balanced experience of teaching in different settings, whilst allowing you to contribute significantly to the life of your main school.

We ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to observe the best classroom practice and your individual needs will be met through mentoring.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bulwell Academy
Squires Avenue, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8HG
Ellis Guilford School
Bar Lane, Basford, Nottingham, NG6 0HT

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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via or

Personal qualities

Through your motivation, enthusiasm and passion for a subject, you can make a difference to students. Teaching is full of challenges and extraordinary rewards and the best teachers nurture creativity, discovery and character development in students.

Other requirements

Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.

Applicants must also obtain:

An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service

All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.

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 £15,200

Fees are for 2023/24 academic year and subject to change. Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University library.

About the training provider

Creative Education Trust is a network of 17 schools educating 13,500 children and young people. We are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for children of all abilities and to building cultural capital through a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Our teacher training ethos echoes our commitment to the young people in our schools: to promote creative, integrated and pro-active thinking, ready for the challenges of the 21st Century. We work in partnership with a number of ITE providers to ensure that we are able to offer opportunities in a broad range of subjects throughout our geographically diverse Trust schools.

Creative Education Trust is committed to offering trainee teachers the best opportunities to grow and learn surrounded by supportive and experienced colleagues. Whilst we are unable to guarantee employment, historically 100% of our graduating School Direct trainees have been employed in Trust schools and continue to be supported in their development through the Early Career Framework.

If you would like to explore opportunities to join us, we currently offer School Direct training at the following schools:

Ash Green School (Coventry), Wrenn School (Wellingborough), Weavers Academy (Wellingborough), Abbeyfield School (Northampton), Milton Keynes Academy (MK), Ellis Guilford School (Nottingham), Bulwell Academy (Nottingham), Lynn Grove Academy (Great Yarmouth), and Caister Academy (Great Yarmouth).

Should you wish to spend a day in school prior to submitting your application, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

About the accredited body

Nottingham Institute of Education (NIoE) at Nottingham Trent University is one of the foremost providers of education and training for teachers and other learning professionals. Their courses and research span all phases of learning and development.

They have partnership links with over 600 schools and institutions. Their latest Ofsted inspection praised these partnerships, recognising the strength of their links with local schools and the range of specialist placements for trainee teachers.

NIoE has a growing international reputation, but still retains a strong local presence. Staff work regularly in schools, helping to improve practice, raise standards, and change lives.

Interview process

There is a two-stage process for this School Direct course.

You will be invited to join us in our school setting for an interview which will include:

  • presentation of a 20-minute lesson
  • a formal interview
  • the opportunity to tour the school, to get a feel for our ethos and to ensure that this is the right place for you to complete your training

You will have further interview with one of the course tutors at Nottingham Trent University. This interview will focus on your personal qualities and skills, your suitability for teaching, your experience of working with young children in school settings and your current studies or employment. You may be required to do other tasks during your interview, such as a presentation based on your teaching subject area, or a group activity.

You will complete an English task of your reading and writing ability to ensure that you have a good and accurate use of Standard English.

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

Creative Education Trust is committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact this training provider

Ash Green School
Ash Green Lane
West Midlands

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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