You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Drama. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills
Experience in educational settings
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.
Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates.
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Months of entry
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the drama secondary school curriculum.
You’ll learn about the theories and practical methods that form the basis of drama education. You’ll explore topics including theatre design, devising drama to captivate audiences, key practitioners (such as Konstantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht), and studies of texts, from Shakespeare to Priestley’s An Inspector Calls.
At the beginning of the course, you’ll visit a number of secondary schools in order to observe a variety of drama lessons. This will provide you with an opportunity to reflect upon the different approaches to teaching and learning in drama.
We teach most of our sessions through practical demonstration and you’ll study mainly with your PGCE Drama group but there will also be opportunities to collaborate with students in other subject areas such as English, maths and science.
You’ll experiment with ways in which drama is used as a teaching tool across the whole school curriculum to support numeracy and literacy or to bring history to life. You’ll also consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
You won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools too.
You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.
This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Fees and funding
For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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