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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Drama (PGCE)

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

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Location Lancaster, School Direct
Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Students will have opportunity to acquire all the skills necessary for a competent classroom practioner at Key Stages 3 & 4. They will experience two contrasting school placements as per the dfE requirements where they will put theory into practice and develop their teaching skills.

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Why Choose University of Cumbria

One of our main course strengths is our continued support and the fact that we believe in you. Previous students have commented:

‘Tutors are fully supportive, helped boost my confidence and realistically prepared me for a career in teaching. Excellent role models, enthusiastic, organised and dedicated.’

We ensure that our course gives you plenty of hands-on experience – whether delivering lessons, using technology in the classroom (ICT), - to preparing you to confidently step into and lead a classroom.

You won’t be dropped in at the deep end. You will start by observing and team teaching, leading onto working with small groups of pupils, gradually building up to the teaching of whole classes to reach the required standard of professional practice.

  • PGCE Scholarship loyalty bursary.
  • Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)
  • Our excellent partnerships with schools in and beyond Lancashire and Cumbria enhance your placement and job prospects
  • A high number of our students get offered jobs from teaching placements
  • Experience two contrasting school placements where you can put the theory you learn in lectures and seminars into real-world practice, giving you the essential hands-on experience you need for future employment.
  • Our academic tutors have backgrounds as highly experienced secondary teachers and know what it is like to be a professional teacher. Their first-hand experience will support your learning
  • Tutors are active researchers in education, so your learning will be up-to-date and fresh with the latest thinking, technologies and practices
  • A personal tutor will support you throughout your studies and your subject mentor will support your professional development at your placement
  • Easy access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment providing easy online access to course material, as well as our library, well stocked with education books and journals you need for research
  • Access to free practical workshops to refine and develop your own art and design skills with our experienced and supportive staff. These will include expressive drawing, printmaking, 3D work, ceramics, textiles, bookmaking, animation and filmmaking –to enhance your classroom competencies even further.
  • Access to new and modern social and study spaces, technology and facilities on campus

Our Lancaster campus is also home to our The Learning, Education and Development (LED) research centre, where our tutors are involved in leading and publishing high-quality educational research to inform educational practice and policy.

During the past 100 years, with our founding institutions St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, we’ve gained a great track record for inspiring and training.

Graduate destinations

This course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built in, allowing you to apply and go straight into a successful career as a teacher of drama. Graduates have secured teaching jobs in secondary schools, independent schools, 6th form colleges and primary schools.

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