Taught course

Performing Arts (Drama): Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

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

Entry requirements

You should hold, or be expected to achieve, a degree (or recognised equivalent) in Drama. The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above. Strong applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they have significant school experience prior to application​.

Additional requirements for the programme include:

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).
  • A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants.

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Train to become an outstanding teacher of Secondary Performing Arts (Drama) with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher of Performing Arts (Drama) at Secondary level on a course delivered in partnership with schools who are committed to ensuring your success.
  • Benefit from additional training in Physical Education at Key Stage 3.
  • Study over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement, predominantly within a “Home School”.
  • Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters-level credits (ours is one of the few ITT courses to offer this) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE.
  • Discover why our courses have high completion and employment rates.
  • Go on to complete your MA in your first year of employment and look forward to excellent career development opportunities.

This is an intensive, full time programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic PGDE award. University-based study includes: a full time block of three weeks at the start of the course; one day per week until January; week-long, full time study blocks between January and June and a number of conference days.

Placements are organised in our Partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a “Home School” with a six week placement in an “alternative” school after Christmas. This innovative model ensures that you feel genuinely part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time.

You will also be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements.

Tutorial support is an important part of the LJMU learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your Personal Tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally during the year.

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

University-based training takes place at the IM Marsh campus just four miles from the city centre. Here you will find independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities plus a café and shop.

The IM Marsh Library houses the main collections linked to this course and is open from 8am until 11pm during term time. You will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting our page for International students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

For up-to-date information regarding fees please contact:

Faculty of Education, Health and Community (Education)
T: 0151 231 5340
E: marshadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration

PGDE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090