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About the course

As a subject which assists in the development of many key skills, Drama is gaining in status within many schools. The subject’s potential for cross-curricular teaching is now beingwidely acknowledged. The course is designed to preparetrainees to teach Drama as part of the English or Welsh National Curriculum at KS3, KS4 and post-16, including AS and A2 courses.

The course aims to give trainee teachers the confidence and skills needed to become successful teachers of Drama. It providesa firm foundation in understanding the teaching and learning process which is essential for the development of excellent professional classroom skills and high teaching standards.

Trainees are introduced to a range of essential teaching skills such as lesson planning and preparation, questioning, explaining, marking pupils’ work, preparing resources, classroom management and control strategies in order to produce efficient,enthusiastic and creative teachers of Drama. I.C.T. provides opportunities to enhance delivery in the classroom and features as an important element of the course.

Trainees are expected to actively participate in the course;for example delivering micro lessons, creating resources, developing thinking skills and experimenting with new ideas for teaching Drama.

The study of the practical and theoretical aspects of Drama are core to the university-based course. Students are introduced to methods of class management within the drama studio and explore the use of various stimuli for class activities at Key Stage 3 and 4. A practical introduction is also given to the basics of teaching the technical aspect of theatre. Preparing pupils for examinations at Key Stage 4 and A Level is a central feature of the course.

In addition to the main subject seminars, the PGCE course also prepares student teachers for cross-curricular themes and educational issues, including:

Provision for Pupils with Additional Learning Needs
Key skills
Thinking Skills
Welsh Baccalaureate
First Aid
Child protection
Health Education
English as an Additional Language
Assessment
Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development
Welsh Curriculum

Course content

Core modules:

Learning to Teach 1: Introduction to Teaching Skills

The Learning to Teach 1 module has been designed to meet the expectations of Welsh Assembly Government Circular No: 017/2009, DCELLS Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance (2009). Within this module trainees will be required to demonstrate a grasp of the subject content as well as policies and issues pertinent to the planning, teaching and assessment of their main subject method.
Trainees will also be introduced to the planning, teaching and assessment of a second subject method (where relevant).

Learning to Teach 2: Development of Teaching Skills

The Learning to Teach 2 module has been designed to meet the expectations of Welsh Assembly Government Circular No: 017/2009, DCELLS Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance (2009). Within this module trainees will be required to demonstrate a confident and sound grasp of the subject content as well as policies and issues pertinent to the planning, teaching and assessment of their main subject method.
This module provides a consolidation to the theory and practice of teaching in the secondary school through main subject method work and practical teaching.
Trainees will also be guided further to the planning, teaching and assessment of a second subject method (where relevant).

PGCE (Secondary): Professional Studies

This module will principally address the role of the `reflective teacher? within the context of continuing professional development. It will focus on getting trainees to take increasing responsibility for their own professional development. This module gives trainees the opportunity to explore in depth an area of study related to the education of learners in Secondary schools.
Furthermore, the module provides opportunity to explore, examine, analyse, and critically evaluate selected factors that contribute to effective teaching and learning.

Visit the PGCE - Drama page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

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