University of Reading

University of Reading

Secondary Education (Drama)

Address as all aspects of teaching secondary drama, develop the skills and knowledge valued by employers, and benefit from our custom-built first class facilities.

This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Drama course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.

You will addresses all aspects of secondary drama, including specialist expertise in areas such as devising, teaching texts and key practitioners, theatre history and drama as a method of addressing subjects and issues across the curriculum.

Assignments are designed to help you to plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.

Our tutors are a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics. You will be taught by those with national and international reputations as experts in the field of drama in education.

This subject is available via School Direct and University-based routes. Those students following a School Direct route may be studying for a PGCE or for QTS only. However, all students come together as a subject group in University sessions.

Candidates taking the PGCE will spend more time in the University than those taking the QTS-only course. The PGCE will involve writing assignments that are designed to help trainees to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate their developing knowledge and skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. Successful completion will result in 60 Masters-level credits.

Entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Entry requirements: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics and English or equivalent. You will need to have spent some time observing practice in a maintained secondary school, pass the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) skills tests and undertake a criminal record and occupational health check.

Course modules

You will learn through a series of practical seminars and workshops, taught in first-class facilities. Your teaching may include:

  • participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
  • attending presentations by subject experts
  • working on tasks in groups
  • having individual tutorials
  • visits to schools or other education settings
  • visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
  • writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies

These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.

Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees) 10 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading Reading RG6 6UR South East

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