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Secondary Drama (including School Direct) with QTS PGCE (Core)

Secondary Drama (including School Direct) with QTS PGCE (Core)

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Drama Studies Teaching (General) Secondary Schools (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Consider the historical and cultural context of the theatre and educational drama practice through this engaging and practical course.

Course overview

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.

Why study this course with us?

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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



1. What is assessment and what are the issues associated with it? The nature of assessment; issues in assessment of learning (e.g. bias; validity; ethics; inclusion). 2. What are the summative assessment and reporting procedures and arrangements, and what purpose do they serve? Critical examination of summative assessment and reporting arrangements. 3. What research-informed approaches to assessment are there? Assessment for Learning/Assessment to Learn – overview and critical exploration; Key Aspects of Formative Assessment for Learning and their application (e.g. effective questioning, self, and peer assessment). 4. Does effective monitoring underpin assessment procedures and how do schools develop this process in their staff? Key aspects of monitoring and recording. 5. What are the processes involved in effective feedback? Focusing on the research and critical reflection on practice. Consideration of the term ‘feed forward’. 6. Is assessment always inclusive? Discussion focusing on issues relating to SEN; EAL; gifted and talented; other vulnerable groups. 7. Can technology enhance assessment? Discussion relating to the uses of technology to enhance assessment; critical evaluation of given examples. 8. How do you assess in a given situation? Designing assessment methods and strategies for given contexts.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


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 or above in English Language and Maths

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, 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...more

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