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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Drama Studies Teaching (General) Drama Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary


Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school drama curriculum for the 11-16 age range.

You’ll learn about the theories and practical methods that form the basis of drama education. You’ll look at developments in drama education over the past hundred years. You’ll research the work of key practitioners and explore key issues such as the role of drama in school, drama and culture, drama and democracy the making of theatre through devising and script work. ?

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, however, because drama relies on collaboration there will be opportunities to work with colleagues in other subject areas such as English, history, maths and science.

You’ll experiment with ways in which drama is used as a teaching tool across the whole school curriculum to support literacy and numeracy 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’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an effective practitioner.

This PGCE is available via University-led and School Direct routes.


The Reflection on Professional Development unit will enable you to critically reflect on your learning experiences through the lens of key theoretical ideas and research, and to monitor and evaluate your ongoing professional development against programme outcomes and the Teachers? Standards. The unit continues throughout the programme and culminates in the submission of a digital reflective portfolio that traces your professional development and connects theory and practice.

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Entry requirements

2:2 UK honours degree (or international equivalent). Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the national curriculum. 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. GCSEs at grade C or 4 or above in English language and mathematics. We don't accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: adult numeracy and literacy, functional skills or key skills. However, equivalency tests in English, mathematics and science are provided by Manchester Metropolitan University. The School of Teacher Education will accept these equivalency tests for any of its initial teacher education courses at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting as well as show the potential to develop as a teacher. Candidates should be able to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other educational settings. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Met. The University offers more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and has 14 centres of research expertise. The campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy Manchester, a city world-renowned for its...more