This Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Drama leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
This course is consistently evaluated as excellent in both internal and external reviews and encompasses a variety of approaches to drama and theatre teaching in relation to a KS3 Drama curriculum and GCSE and A level exam specifications whilst also exploring the role of drama for the individual within the complexities of life in the 21st century.
The course provides a theoretical framework for teaching drama within schools and is rooted in embodied practice.
You will address all aspects of secondary drama, including specialist expertise in areas such as devising, teaching texts and key practitioners, theatre history and drama as a method of addressing subjects and issues across the curriculum.
Assignments are designed to help you to plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.
We have a strong network of drama mentors, many of whom have taken the course themselves and are managing thriving departments. The course leader remains a practitioner and is supplemented by teaching from experienced experts within the field.
We have links with National Drama, the UK’s leading professional association for drama teachers, SCITED (the Standing Committee in the Teaching of Educational Drama), theatre educators, and local and regional professional theatre practitioners.
We have dedicated technical studios both within the Institute of Education and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television within the University.
There are a range of theatre trips and opportunities to prepare work to perform to student audiences both within schools and in our own studio spaces.
You will learn through practical seminars and workshops.
Your teaching may include:
- participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
- attending presentations by subject experts
- working on tasks in groups
- having individual tutorials
- visits to schools or other education settings
- visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
- writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies
These activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career. An environment in which to develop as a dynamic and inspirational drama teacher.
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