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Secondary Dance (PGCE)

The Dance route is designed to build on prior experience to equip all students with the specific subject knowledge and skills that will enable them to become effective teachers of Dance across Key Stage 3 and 4 and Post 16.

The course includes Subject Study, Professional Studies and School Placements. The Subject Study is delivered at the Bishop Otter Campus in Chichester, while the Professional Studies programme which takes place at the Bognor Regis Campus.

Successful candidates are those who are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in Dance through personal performance and dance experience and through working with young people in a creative setting.

This new PGCE Secondary programme in Dance will also allow students to be able to access the performance programme in the Showroom and join the large and established community of dance students who are studying for their BA, MA and PhD’s in Dance.

The programme is full time over 38 weeks and attendance is demanding.

70% of the course is school experience, during which you will be required to teach a proportion of a full time teacher's timetable and attend meetings (including parents' evenings) in the same way as a practising teacher.

The university sessions run all day.

Entry requirements

Typically, candidates will have an honours degree in Dance with a classification of 2.1 or above.

All candidates must have achieved at least a ‘C’ / 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and having an A level or equivalent qualification in Dance is an advantage.

Some experience of observation or participation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable.

Successful candidates are those who are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in Dance through personal performance and dance experience; and through working with young people in a creative setting.

If you meet the entry requirements, you will be invited for an interview at the Chichester Campus, Bishop Otter.

All successful applicants will have to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and complete a satisfactory Medical Declaration before commencement of the course.

The admissions co-ordinator welcomes email contact from potential candidates who are unsure about the suitability of their qualifications.

Course modules

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

Fees

DBS check
PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience
Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 38 Weeks

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