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Secondary Drama (including School Direct) with QTS

Secondary Drama (including School Direct) with QTS

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Drama Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher. We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning. During the course, you will learn how to encourage young people’s understanding and performance of Drama through your subject specialism. The Subject Enrichment Week for Drama trainees has to date included Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona, and Prague. Trainees are given the opportunity to work with teachers, performers and academics from schools, theatres and university, as appropriate, during the course of the week. You will be encouraged to consider the historical and cultural context of the theatre and educational drama practice you engage with in comparison to that of the UK. A journal of thoughts and experiences will also be developed during this time. On your return to the UK, trainees have devised group or individual projects, which formed the basis for schemes of work and practical workshops delivered at partnership schools. The course is designed to ensure you are confident in all basic national curriculum requirements. Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. School-based learning will move you from observation through group work to whole class teaching. Professional and academic learning is assessed through assignments and directed activities. School-based learning is assessed holistically against the Teachers’ Standards.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Nature and Purpose of Assessment - Core
Understanding the Curriculum and its Development - Core
The Nature and Purpose of Learning and Teaching - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally: hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:1 degree, have GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English Language and Maths and have to pass the NCTL skills tests in literacy and numeracy

University information

From a teaching college, to becoming the University of Chester, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in Birkenhead. Through the work of...more