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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Dance

Course Description

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.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/pgce-secondary-dance

Course detail

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.

Format and assessment

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.

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

- 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

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.


This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher. At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school. Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

- 130 open access PC workstations
- 45 Apple iMacs
- Ample printing facilities
- Netbooks available on loan
- Professional editing suites
- Media loans counter
- Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Dance page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

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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’ 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.

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