The English with Drama PGCE introduces students to the broad scope of English and Drama as curriculum subjects across the secondary age range. Along with practical knowledge, it offers perspectives on the role of language in learning, the teaching of literacies and literature, the principles of curriculum design and evaluation, and assessment and recording.
You will develop an understanding of classroom practice and the theories underpinning teaching and learning in English, media and drama. You will work with others to produce assessed Theatre in Education (TiE) presentations for children in partnership schools. This develops your understanding of how drama and theatre can be applied to teaching and learning.
Students will be joining the largest English PGCE programme in the country, allowing them to benefit from a team of tutors with unparalleled expertise in the subject. Students will also be able to develop supportive peer networks, sharing ideas and resources.
Sessions at UCL are interactive and practical, and students will participate in a range of group and individual activities. Some of these activities involve collaboration with schools and other organisations such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the British Film Institute. The PGCE year ends with a collaborative TiE project that involves a tour to partnership schools.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written and performance-based assignments, and the Professional Practice module.
The programme is delivered via a programme of subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and directed study days at UCL, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks. Students will spend most of their time in schools, working with English and drama mentors who support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with some outstanding mentors and strong English and drama departments. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.