Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Book on an postgraduate open day
Skip Navigation LinksPlymouth University > courses > postgraduate > PGCE Secondary (Drama)
Drama students on beach

**We regret that this course is not accepting September 2014 applications**

Plymouth University is proud to announce that our PGCE Secondary programme is now part of the School Direct initiative. Find out more about our involvement in School Direct.​

Our PGCE programme aims to:

  • prepare each student for entry into the profession as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools
  • engender in each student an appreciation of the fascination of teaching, of the range of possibilities for continued professional development and of the relationship between educators and society.

Our full time, one year PGCE programme in Drama will help bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of Drama to children of all abilities from 11 to 18.  It brings you towards qualifying for the 11-16 national standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) set by the Teaching Agency. A Plymouth University PGCE goes beyond this into Key Stage 5 (16-18 years).

Secondary school pupils in drama session


Entry requirements

  • GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics
  • An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent from a recognised university in drama or a closely related subject

Please see our detailed entry requirements for further information about entry requirements for this programme.

Programme highlights​

We are pleased to announce that in addition to the number of places that we have for 2013/14 on our PGCE Secondary, we are also working in collaboration with the Peninsula Teaching School Partnership to offer School Direct places in Cornwall. Successful applicants to these places will be able to work towards QTS only, rather than a traditional PGCE, with a strong possibility of finding employment in Cornwall, if their training is successful. For further information on these places, please visit the Peninsula Teaching School Partnership website.

Key aspects of the programme include the place of drama in arts education, the value of theatre and performance in education and links with English, citizenship and PSHE. There is also work using ICT in Drama teaching.

The Faculty has a long tradition of Drama at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has access to large, fully equipped drama performance spaces to complement the programme's new learning facilities.

Much subject work in this Drama PGCE develops the group's own knowledge of genres and practitioners. Theatre in education is just one aspect of school experience developed. The trainee group itself is a major source of expertise, drawing on its participants' rich knowledge and experience.

Your own creative potential is recognised both through your work with pupils in schools and through practical explorations of theatre and performance within the PGCE trainee group.