PGCE Secondary: Drama specialism

You will be trained to teach pupils aged 11-16 with enhancements to teach pupils studying for A levels.

The key aim of this programme is to enable students to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers of Drama. The programme provides opportunities for students to explore the theory and practice of Drama education through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two school placements.

The course will provide students with an awareness of the theoretical foundations of the subject, of strategies for teaching and learning in Drama and of current issues surrounding Drama education. Workshops will enable students to explore a range of practical processes and approaches. Regular tutorials enable students to receive individual support from tutors. Tutors on the programme are experienced teachers of Drama and researchers of Drama education.

During school placements, students benefit from working alongside experienced teachers of Drama. Students have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors.

Applicants should have a degree that includes a substantial element of Drama or Theatre Studies. At interview candidates will be expected to provide and talk through their creative work and to discuss their reflections on teaching and learning in Drama that they have experienced recently in schools.

If you have specific questions about the programme please email the subject leader Rebecca Thompson.