Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the drama secondary school curriculum.
You’ll learn about the theories and practical methods that form the basis of drama education. You’ll explore topics including theatre design, devising drama to captivate audiences, key practitioners (such as Konstantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht), and studies of texts, from Shakespeare to Priestley’s An Inspector Calls.
At the beginning of the course, you’ll visit a number of secondary schools in order to observe a variety of drama lessons. This will provide you with an opportunity to reflect upon the different approaches to teaching and learning in drama.
We teach most of our sessions through practical demonstration and you’ll study mainly with your PGCE Drama group but they will also be opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in other subject areas such as English, Maths and Science.
You’ll experiment with ways in which drama is used as a teaching tool across the whole school curriculum to support numeracy and literacy or to bring history to life. You’ll also consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
You’ll also consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
You won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools too.
You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.
When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and can work at any level in schools and colleges.