University of Chester

University of Chester

Secondary Education (Drama)

The programme attracts 60 credits at Master's level course and is designated 11-16 with the option of receiving enhancement at post 16 level; successful completion of the programme enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from graduates or holders of equivalent qualifications or those in the final year of their degree programmes; the degree should normally be in drama, theatre studies or performing arts; applicants with other related degrees and/or who have substantial experience in the field are welcomed, but need to demonstrate that they have appropriate subject knowledge and a willingness and commitment to read widely in order to extend this; applicants with other qualifications, e.g. drama school training are welcomed, but would need to provide written evidence from their training school that their training qualification is equivalent to degree level; HND or HNC is not accepted as equivalent to a degree for the purpose of PGCE entry; applicants must have gained GCSE grade C or above in mathematics and English language (or equivalent); applicants are expected to have had the equivalence of 2 weeks experience in a state secondary school, observing teachers in their chosen subject specialism, and/or taken part in working with pupils and reflecting upon the process of education.

Course modules

The international dimension: seen as a feature of good practice by inspectors, externals and by other institutions; enrichment week in Barcelona, providing opportunities for associate teachers and tutors from drama to learn with and from each other, and work with Spanish educators, academics, theatre practitioners and school pupils; consideration of the historical and cultural context of the theatre and educational drama practice in comparison to the UK; compilation of a journal of thoughts and experiences; on their return to the UK, associate teachers devise group projects which form the basis for schemes of work and practical workshops which are delivered to 2nd placement schools; school experience: trainees are allocated 2 schools from the university's secondary school partnership, in which they are expected to complete their training, and where they demonstrate standards for the award of QTS; these 2 substantial school placements are framed by relevant university sessions, and progress is closely monitored by a mentor at the school in partnership with a university subject tutor.

Assessment methods

Assessment for the programme takes many forms: lesson observation and feedback; development of subject knowledge; assignments and the submission of professional evidence files; all candidates wishing to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy, before they can be recommended for QTS by the university.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

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PGCE Secondary Admissions
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01244 511000