Taught course

Performing Arts (Dance or Drama): Secondary with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

All applicants, meeting the following criteria, will be invited to a University selection event. On application •A minimum 2:2 Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) with at least 60% content in your chosen subject area •A minimum grade C GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language. See the School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning webpages for details of equivalence tests Please note: original evidence of GCSEs and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. Prior to starting the course •Passes in Numeracy and Literacy tests •A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants •An Enhanced DBS Disclosure check, the cost of which will be met by LJMU •You will also need to complete a medical health questionnaire

Months of entry


Course content

At a glance:

  • Train to teach Performing Arts (Dance or Drama) at secondary level
  • Course studied over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement
  • Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters Level credits and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Enjoy excellent career opportunities

Geared to meeting Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status requirements, the training will also support the development of your:

  • critical understanding of education theory and practice
  • reflective practice linked to professional development
  • practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
  • understanding and application of subject knowledge

Your professional development will be monitored and supported throughout the course. You will leave with an e-portfolio and a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) plus well developed reviewing and action planning skills that will stand you in good stead for your professional career.

School-based training

You will spend 120 days training in school. Teaching will be predominantly Key Stage 3 and 4 level, although there may also be the opportunity to experience Post-16 level.

Experienced teacher mentors, working with LJMU tutors, will support your training in our partner schools. Indeed, the excellent relationships between LJMU and these schools will ensure you enjoy a successful placement.


Our highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that you are well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and fulfil your potential.

Enrichment experiences

You will be expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences to challenge and extend your range of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include:

  • supporting learners in community-based education projects and supplementary schools
  • vocational education enrichment placements in industry and cultural organisations
  • participation in school and university teaching projects

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Community for up to date information regarding fees. The Faculty can be contacted by email at marshadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk.ac.uk or telephone 0151 231 5340

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquires
0151 231 5090