Taught course

PGCE Drama with English

Middlesex University London · School of Health and Education

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Bachelor honours degree in a subject relevant to your chosen subject area.
  • An A Level (or equivalent) in Drama or a performance related subject is preferred. This would be a requirement if your degree subject is less closely related
  • If your bespoke pathway includes more of an English focus, a good A-Level pass (or equivalent) in English Literature is required where your degree subject is not closely related
  • You must have GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics or be retaking them this year. We also accept the equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or any other appropriately accredited provider. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills or IELTS.

Further requirements

The following requirements are set out in the Initial Teacher Training Criteria document. You must have:

  • GCSE grade C / grade 4 in English and mathematics or standard equivalent
  • been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check
  • To strengthen applications it is recommended that you have obtained, or have set up to obtain, recent and relevant experience within state secondary school settings in England.

Months of entry


Course content

The Drama with English curriculum offers a diverse and inclusive research-informed programme that allows trainee teachers to thrive in a challenging learning environment. It draws upon vibrant experiences in both university and school-based training, that prepares trainees to be robust early career practitioners. You will be introduced to the broad scope of English and Drama as curriculum subjects across the secondary age range.

Our key priority is to personalise the programme based in individual interests and needs. We strive to promote adaptive, critical thinkers who can respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multi-faith settings.

The programme structure facilitates enrichment opportunities to think and learn beyond the classroom and campus. Our partnership with Trestle Theatre Company allows trainees to explore their creativity and make strong links between their love of drama and English, and the practical skills they need to teach these subjects in school. Partnerships with the National Theatre and British Library enhance your professional practice and reflect our process-based training approach.

Graduates of the Drama with English PGCE programme are confident, inquisitive and dynamic teachers. They see their entry into employment as an opportunity to further develop and build on the skills acquired in their PGCE year.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 8411 5555