Manchester Metropolitan University
Our PGCE Drama aims to develop an understanding of the place of drama in secondary education and to provide a firm foundation from which to teach this exciting subject. Philosophically, the course is based upon an inclusive view of the drama curriculum which reflects the wide range of contexts which the subject operates within schools and colleges. An innovative and highly successful feature of our course is the drama 'carousel', where groups visit different schools to observe several specially selected, highly skilled and experienced practitioners at work. Trainees gain 60 Masters Level credits (1/3 of a Masters Degree) which can be used for progression to higher academic and professional awards. Applicants have the choice of university-based or school direct routes.
Applicants require a relevant degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent; at least 2 weeks of experience in relevant school setting(s); GCSE English language and mathematics grades C or above; a pass in the Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy.
Core units: practice credit 1 (induction phase); practice credit 2 (teaching placement block a: formation of personal practice); practice credit 3 (teaching placement block b: development of personal practice); practice credit 4 (enrichment phase); professional practice; subject pedagogy (drama).
There are 2 elements of assessment: teaching, incorporating school experience files, that capture evidence of the range of your experiences, this element will be assessed by mentors and judged against the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status; written assignments, this element builds on the teaching experience and integrates theory with practice and observation. In addition, there are several course completion requirements: the record of professional development (a portfolio of evidence of personal and professional development); the career entry profile (completed at the point of becoming a newly qualified teacher and taken with students into their 1st post); satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the course requirements.
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