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Full time


10 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Drama Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This course prepares you to start your career as a new teacher and be successful. You will learn to teach in schools in East or West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Surrey, Hampshire, or Kent.

We will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner. We use an innovative range of assessment modes that enable you to succeed. School-led teacher education is run by experienced mentors and professional tutors. You'll be supported by university tutors throughout the year.

We have an excellent record of graduate employment. Our employability records surpass national benchmarks.

We will make all reasonable efforts to provide the course as set out here. For the school-experience component of the PGCE, we’ll aim to find you a placement within 50 miles of the University or your home. If we can’t secure enough placements, we may have to withdraw an offer of a place on the course.


On graduation, you will have the skills and expertise to successfully start as a new teacher. We offer a support package to newly qualified teachers during their first year of teaching.

In addition, successful candidates can transfer up to 90 Masters-level credits on to the MA in Education.


In this module, you will be given the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and understanding in a phase/subject specialism in a school and classroom context. This is a current statutory requirement for Initial Teacher Training (TDA, 2007). You will be working towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status in your professional practice. The module will include the following: an induction week programme, providing an introduction to school policies and procedures; opportunities to observe experienced practitioners in the your specialist subject/phase; one hour of dedicated mentor time per week, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy; regular professional studies seminars organised by the school's professional tutor; phased introduction to teaching, including a negotiated timetable of classes across KS two, three, four and Post 16 (where appropriate), amounting to a total of 12 hours (eight hours classroom teaching and four hours other professional duties); one formal observation once a week by the mentor or designated other teacher in the department, with written and oral feedback; where required, one observation by the school's professional tutor, with written and oral feedback; one or two observations by the university curriculum tutor, with written and oral feedback; access to school resources, including ICT; opportunities to take part in wider school life, eg trips, clubs, tutor groups and parents' evenings.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: You will need: a strong knowledge and understanding of Drama and performance, and an awareness of how the subject is currently taught within Secondary state schools; an undergraduate degree in Drama or a performance-related degree (or equivalent qualification). Candidates are occasionally considered with a degree other than in Drama if they have significant theatre or performance vocational experience. Your qualification must be from an approved Higher Education institution or validating body; GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.