You will need to have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent at least 50 per cent of which is in drama or a drama-related subject. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English. If you do not already have GCSEs in English language or mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, you should visit equivalencytesting.com. It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to making an application. For entry onto a teaching course from September 2014 you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information. For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher. As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of drama and will assess 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 The National College for Teaching and Leadership 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
We believe that drama is a significant part of school life and needs inspirational teachers. The PGCE Secondary Education: Drama course at Birmingham City University explores drama as an art form and aims to produce confident, dynamic and creative teachers who are committed to making drama accessible for all.
The course enables trainee teachers to work with experienced professionals in secondary education to gain a nationally recognised qualification. Students will learn from experts who have first-class, first-hand knowledge and understanding of all issues relating to teaching effectively in secondary schools and will be well-supported when on placements.
All students are guaranteed outstanding support from both their tutors at the University – all of whom have been exceptional classroom teachers themselves - and from the partnership secondary schools, of which there are more than 200 across the Midlands.
Two thirds of the course takes place in school and we ensure that students are offered a number of placements in a wide range of educational establishments - at least two different schools, plus visits to other schools, including a primary school - so valuable experience is gained in a variety of settings. Students will have both serial and block placements and will be assigned a trained mentor, who will support and guide students' work, as well as provide training and feedback.
Information for international students
Prospective students from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form or call +44 (0)121 331 6714.
Fees and funding
Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries Team
- + 44 (0)121 331 5595
- + 44 (0)121 331 7994