University of Reading

University of Reading

Secondary Education (Drama, 11-19)

The programme promotes the teaching of drama as a subject in its own right and prepares students to teach it throughout the 11-18 age range taking account of the latest developments in GCSE, AS- and A-level specifications; the programme is a mix of practical workshops, interactive seminars and school based research projects; it is designed to help students review their own experiences and concepts of drama, as well as to consider how people learn through engaging with the art form; the taught sessions at the university explore strategies designed to help children progress in their abilities to make, perform and critically respond to drama; the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired through working in the context of drama are linked to the requirements of the National Curriculum and KS3 strategy; considerable attention is paid to links between drama and the development of literacy and creative thinking; links are also made to the study of the media, English language and literature and the development of key skills; the induction into teaching is gentle yet rigorous; trainees spend a good deal of time working alongside experienced teachers before taking the reins themselves.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree or better in drama, theatre studies, performing arts or English where drama has been a major part of the programme; other related subjects such as film & television may be considered; a good general knowledge of plays, practitioners, theatre history & theatre forms; experience of working with young people in schools & youth theatre; experiences gained as a teaching assistant, cover supervisor or student mentor are highly valued; GCSE minimum grade C or equivalent in mathematics, English language & science; interview.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 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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