Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Performing Arts (Drama)

This PGDE course prepares you for a fulfilling career as an effective and creative teacher of Drama. The course involves an exciting blend of practical workshops, learning from experts in the field and engaging with local theatres to explore how Drama is taught in schools. You will experiment with how teaching and learning enables pupils to know, apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes of Drama.

During your training, you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for Drama, emphasising the practical application of theory. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences allows you to develop and share, with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will explore signature pedagogies such as collaborative learning and group work. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Drama in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for the subject. You will also be able to explore the importance of your subject and its links to other curricular areas. These sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn in Drama.

The subject knowledge sessions focus on the fundamental skills and knowledge areas of the Drama curriculum such as devising, style and form and preparing pupils for examinations. As well as broadening your own Drama knowledge, these sessions introduce you to a range of strategies that allow you to make your knowledge as accessible as possible to students.

Entry requirements

You will usually have a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Drama-related discipline, normally with significant content in your chosen subject area.

Course modules

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
  • a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, you will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards required will be based on co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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