Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Secondary Education (Drama)

The course explores drama as an art form and aims to produce confident, dynamic and creative teachers who are committed to making drama accessible for all. The course enables trainee teachers to work with experienced professionals in secondary education to gain a nationally recognised qualification. Students will learn from experts who have first-class, first-hand knowledge and understanding of all issues relating to teaching effectively in secondary schools and will be well-supported when on placements.

Entry requirements

A good degree (minimum 2.2 but 2.1 or 1st preferred) from a UK Higher Education institution or equivalent at least 50 per cent of which is in drama or a drama-related subject. Candidates should have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if they are offered an interview they will take a written test to assess their standard of English. Applicants without GCSEs in English language or mathematics, or their equivalent, who are not registered to take them, should visit Equivalency Testing. It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to making an application. For entry onto a teaching course from September 2014, candidates should have passed the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information. Pre-Interview School Experience: For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that applicants will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process candidates are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher. It will support candidates' application to undertake this teaching episode prior to application and in advance of their interview. Please read the guidance document before downloading the Pre-Interview School Experience Report which applicants need the qualified teacher observing them to complete. Selection Interview: As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of drama and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching. Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Course modules

The individual learner; rationale for subject teaching; assessment at key stage 3; subject pedagogy; research.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Professional Development Profile is verified by mentors.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City North Campus Birmingham B42 2SU West Midlands

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Key information

Course Enquiries Team
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0121 331 5595