Taught course

Secondary Drama - PGCE

Birmingham City University · School of Education

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Entry requirements

A good degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK Higher Education institution or equivalent at least 50 percent of which is in drama or a drama-related subject.
Selection Interview: The selection interview will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.
Applicants must also meet Department for Education requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

If you’re passionate about introducing the exciting world of learning through drama in all its forms to children and young people, this Secondary Drama PGCE will give you the strong grounding you need to make a contribution to this essential aspect of education.

The ability to tell a story powerfully, through actions as well as words, is important and you will learn how to inspire and encourage your students to express themselves in this way.

Techniques used in many different forms of drama can be used to help pupils to become more self-confident and, as a teacher you can offer them a wide range of experiences.

This course has strong links with local theatre companies such as the internationally renowned Big Brum Theatre in Education Company, with whom trainees will collaborate to create enriching drama education. In addition trainees are offered the opportunity to extend their education through the Masters in Teaching and Learning Drama with input from theatre professionals, previous graduates and local school practitioners.

Information for international students

Prospective students from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form or call +44 (0)121 331 6714.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

Fees and funding

Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This is a professional teacher training course that leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It is available at both Level 6 (H) and Level 7 (M).

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595