Become a drama teacher in a secondary school.
A degree at 2:2 or above.
GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification).
Experience of working with young people.
UCAS code 2W4L
Duration 1 year full-timeHow to apply for this course
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Drama is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Drama teachers empowering young people and this course aims to produce dynamic confident, and creative teachers who are committed to making drama accessible for all. Our PGCE Drama includes a specific focus on the use of masterclasses and develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Drama within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications.
During this varied PGCE Drama, trainees acquire a broad and deep understanding of a teacher’s daily activities in challenging and diverse settings. Furthermore, our PGCE Drama trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g English, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.
Collaborative learning and a strong culture of support underpin our PGCE Drama, and trainees will enjoy a stimulating and effective learning environment from start to finish. Ofsted 2014 commented: “Beyond having very positive attitudes and commitment to teaching, they show a passion for their subject, and want students to do well and enjoy their work.” If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.
Our trainees scored us 89% student satisfaction for postgraduate teacher training, this puts us in the top 25% quartile of all providers in England (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2019).
93.9% of our graduates are in further study, sustained employment or both five years after graduating, compared to a sector average for England of 88.2%. We are 1st in the South West (LEO, 2019).
Marjon Teacher Education Partnership has well-established links with schools across the South West, London and Service Children’s Education, our connections span over 300 schools and settings.
Marjon education and teaching graduates are 3rd in all University providers for graduate earnings five years after leaving the university (Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2018).
Marjon Graduates are more socially mobile than other providers across the South West with more trainees gaining NQT employment in more diverse areas (DFE Supply, Retention and Mobility data, 2018).
Learn from excellent role models. Our trainees work with outstanding teachers and specialist leaders in education, and with tutors who are engaged in hard hitting research into key educational issues.
How can I build strong relationships with pupils, colleagues and parents in school?
How can I promote a love of learning in my pupils and a passion for Drama?
How can I overcome young people’s fears of performing in front of their peers?
How can I raise the profile of drama in schools by showing how pupils develop personally and socially?
How do good teachers keep on top of their workload?
How do I best prepare for applying for teaching jobs?
“ All trainees commented on how well the schools were set up for the start of their placements which helped them settle in well ... trainees were able to talk with confidence about their teaching experiences and all knew the specific areas that they had to develop as they go into their NQT year. ”
Plymouth Marjon University is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. Our partnerships are wide and diverse, having been praised by Ofsted (2014) for making "effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable". We linked to partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas.
93.9% of our teaching graduates are in further study, sustained employment or both five years after graduating, compared to a sector average for England of 88.2%. This makes us 1st in the South West (LEO, 2019).
Fees UK students: £9,250
Fees for International students: £12,000
You will have a minimum of 120 days in school in 2 block placements and 12 weeks in University undertaking a range of activities, teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, tutorials, independent study or research and school based training.
Assessments relates to your development of practice in school. All are coursework based, you will generate reflective journals, portfolios, essays and presentations.
Gill is Director of the Marjon Teacher Education Partnership, she taught in schools for 13 years before joining the University. She works with schools, MATS and alliances to support whole school improve, develop evidence based practice and support teacher development. She spends some of her time in Westminster discussing latest ideas and initiatives with the Department for Education and other Education group.View full profile
Claire is an experienced secondary teacher and lecturer with a passion for literature of all kinds. From Shakespearean tragedy to the powerful performance poetry of Kate Tempest, Claire’s fervent enthusiasm for the infinite varieties of English pervades every aspect of the English degree. She is particularly interested in poetry, identity, language and social place and is currently completing her PhD here at Marjon. It focuses on the formation and evolution of trainee and early career teachers' professional identities.
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Secondary Initial Teacher TrainingView profile
Julie Stevens taught in secondary schools as a teacher of Physical Education in Devon, Cornwall and Sussex, worked for the LEA education department advisory service and the Youth Sport Trust. She has been teaching in universities for over 10 years with a focus on Initial Teacher Training in all subjects, with a specialism in Physical Education.
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