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Bath Spa University

Secondary Drama

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and Early Years settings, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring drama teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

The one-year PGCE with QTS programme will enable you to teach drama to the 11-16 age range in a secondary school with post-16 enhancement. The programme enables you to meet the QTS Standards and also offers 60 level-7 credits with the chance to continue to a full master’s degree during your first years of teaching.

You’ll develop the range of knowledge and understanding that is required to become an effective and creative drama teacher. You’ll gain skills to plan and teach your subject effectively, helping all students to reach their full potential. Children’s learning is at the heart of the programme so we consider what ‘understanding’ means and how this can be developed and assessed. The university training supports and complements your work in schools.

One major component of the programme is the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in the enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning in drama. You’re given opportunities to develop your skills in the use of relevant software, as well as how to use web-based tools to share your resources with your colleagues in the field.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

Assessment methods

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings. The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments;
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
  • School phase reports and observations;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 40 Weeks
PGCE Full-time £ 13,300 (Whole course) International 40 Weeks

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