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PGCE Secondary Drama

Course Description

All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for updates.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

The Faculty of Education has a national reputation for high quality initial teacher training which was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in their last inspection. We work with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations and offer a wide range of of secondary specialisms.

Our PGCE Drama aims to develop an understanding of the place of drama in secondary education and to provide a firm foundation from which to teach this exciting subject. Philosophically, the course is based upon an inclusive view of the drama curriculum which reflects the wide range of contexts which the subject operates within schools and colleges.

An innovative and highly successful feature of our course is the drama 'carousel' where groups visit different schools to observe several specially selected, highly skilled and experienced practitioners at work.

This course will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints in Manchester. Further details at http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields

You will be introduced to a number of different secondary school departments and through a mixture of focused observation, group planning activities and co-teaching will quickly become familiar with skills and techniques relevant to the learning needs of different age groups.

Supporting this is a wide range of university based practical workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials exploring all aspects of teaching and learning in the subject, covering key stages 3 and 4, and the post-16 phase.

Later you will have the opportunity to undertake two, longer structured placements where you will work alongside experienced drama practitioners to develop your confidence and classroom expertise.

A wide range of theoretical perspectives will be considered and through familiarity with current literature on the subject, you will develop your own philosophical viewpoint on the teaching of drama. Strategies allied to the needs of less able and more gifted pupils, pupils with special needs and to the teaching of pupils from differing cultural backgrounds will be developed. Trainees will also have opportunities to design, implement and evaluate a variety of learning courses to meet particular curriculum needs, including the role of drama in the development of literacy, its place in cross-curricular learning and teaching for examinations in years 10, 11, 12 and 13. You will have the opportunity to teach the subject up to key stage 4 and beyond.

In addition, you will participate in a series of practical classes which will help prepare you for working within the context of English and Performing Arts departments in schools and colleges.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop their understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There will be a focus on:

. Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environmen:
. Working in multi-professional teams
. Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
. Learning and teaching strategies
. Managing students' behaviour
. Planning and evaluating students' learning
. Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

This course has an excellent reputation, and is highly regarded by employers. Most of our trainee teachers go on to employment as specialist drama teachers in secondary schools, teaching the subject to GSCE and A/AS level, whilst a few find work in other education-related areas, such as theatre education departments.

Career prospects for successful newly qualified teachers from the course are very good, with many promoted to head of department within a very short time. Trainees receive sustained support in their attempts to secure employment and many of our graduates now hold positions of responsibility in our partnership schools.

As part of this PGCE you will gain 60 Masters level credits (one third of a Masters Degree) which can be used as a stepping stone to higher academic and professional awards and career development.

Our flexible, part-time continuing professional development programme includes:

. MA Drama Education (recruiting from September 2014)
. MA Education specially designed for recently qualified teachers and those in their first five years of teaching.
. MAs in Coaching and Mentoring, Educastional Leadership and Management and Inclusive Education & Special Educational Needs.
. Ranked in the UK top 10 our Education and Social Research Institute provides opportunities to study to PhD level

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

Placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges. The Enrichment Phase also offers placements in settings other than schools.

Special Features

. Practice teaching experience in a wide range of schools and colleges
. National reputation in secondary teacher education - rated 'oustanding' by Ofsted in 2011 Inspection
. Course includes 60 M-level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree - we also offer an MA Drama Education
. Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching

Visit the PGCE Secondary Drama page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. All subjects normally require a minimum of a 2:2 classification.Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school. You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics at the point of application.

Course Fees

UK and EU full-time students: £9,000. Non-EU full-time international students: £12,500

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