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Secondary (Drama) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Drama Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This course will qualify you for the 11-16 national standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) set by the Department for Education. The 17 weeks placement experience will sharpen your skills and fully prepare you for your future teaching career. Key features: Draw upon your own expertise in drama and extend your own subject knowledge and understanding; Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools; Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements; Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors; Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools; Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations. Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society; Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject; Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers; Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching drama and theatre studies to children of all abilities from 11-18; Take advantage of free teacher training support from the Department for Education’s Premier Plus programme.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module develops the themes introduced in the Teaching & Learning module with greater attention to (i) structures for medium-term planning, and (ii) assessment within the subject curriculum, including the full range of external examinations, through a critical review of the research and literature in the learner's own subject area.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university (masters and PhDs also count towards entry requirements. Masters and PhDs count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international students. If they have overseas qualifications they can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service. They must be able to reflect on some experience in relevant educational setting(s). Students will need to pass your Professional Skills Tests (PST) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) tests prior to the start of the course.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more