The PGCE Dance Secondary course will enable you to build on your previous experience of Dance teaching and build an awareness of Dance as a curriculum subject. The course is taught holistically allowing theoretical understanding to underpin all aspects of dance practice. An understanding of high-quality dance teaching is explored through whole group seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, and collaborative group work.
This is a full-time programme over one academic year, it will allow trainees to qualify in either the 11-16 or 11-18 age range. The programme is taught at master’s level and allows students to gain up to 60 credits towards a master’s qualification.
The university-based study is designed to help you become a reflective, creative and effective classroom practitioner. It is informed by the latest research and practice, and the programme has a very strong relationship with the schools in its partnership.
Your time in university will be divided equally between the Professional Studies module and Subject Study. In Professional Studies, you will be working with trainees from a range of subjects. The module is designed to develop student teachers’ knowledge and understanding of professional requirements and behaviours, as well as the broader role, of the teacher in the secondary context. It will introduce and critique educational research methodology, analysis and ethics, in order to develop understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. These themes are developed and contextualised in the Subject Study modules, where you will learn how these relate to the teaching of your own subject.
Three quarters of your time will be spent in school. You will complete two main placements in contrasting schools, to gain as wide an experience of teaching as possible in preparation for a career in education.
The course is run by a team of experienced, dedicated, and enthusiastic tutors, all of whom have taught in secondary schools. This is a programme for people who aspire to become inspirational secondary teachers, committed to supporting the learning of all pupils in their classes, who can use the latest research and theory to keep their teaching fresh throughout their careers.