The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE English and Drama course is offered as either a 1 year full-time programme or for 2 years part time.
Successful candidates will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.
On this unique course you will have the opportunity to train to teach both subjects whilst benefiting from the bursary incentive for English. The Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (ACCA) is on the Sussex campus, a world class inter disciplinary arts space in an iconic grade 11 listed modernist building.
At the heart of the English and Drama PGCE course at Sussex is a belief in the importance of enabling pupils to become independent, critical readers who love reading and talking about texts with teachers and peers. You will deepen your own grammatical understanding and that of your pupils, enabling them to become creative, effective writers.
You will also be training to teach Drama, one of the most popular and rewarding subjects in the curriculum offering pupils the opportunity to enrich their lives and communities, explore complex issues and emotions, and build their self-confidence and practical skills. Beyond the classroom, you will participate in the broader position of Drama in school life, supporting - and sometimes leading - performances and productions.
The Sussex course brings together education theory and practice encouraging you to critically reflect on approaches to learning and teaching. Excellent teachers from our partnership schools are seconded to the tutor team and contribute additional currency to teaching and trainee support.
You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your school placement.
Our full-time candidates spend Monday to Thursday each week training in a partnership school and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors. Part-time candidates attend the university on Fridays and train for two days a week in school in year 1 and three days in year 2.
Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.
Further course information
English Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course