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Drama: Theory & Practice

Course Description

Why this course?

Approval from GTCS as a route to a second teaching qualification

This is a unique programme, the only one in Scotland, to offer qualified teachers the opportunity to gain the required 80 credits in drama, which will allow you to teach the subject at all levels in secondary school.

The course has been given the approval of the GTCS as another route into gaining a second teaching qualification.

Although aimed specifically at qualified teachers, we also welcome other applicants with an interest in developing their knowledge and practice of drama/theatre.

The course combines theory and practice where you’ll demonstrate the knowledge you gain on the modules through written analysis and criticism. You’ll then apply that theory to underpin the movement, directorial and performance fields studied.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/dramatheorypractice/

What you'll study

You'll study four 20 credit classes (two each year). You may be eligible for credit for relevant previous study. Where this is the case, in consultation with the course leader, you'll study three out of four classes.

The classes are:
- Greek Theatre to the National Theatre of Scotland
- Directing in the Theatre
- Dramatic Work in Performance
- Studio Theatre Performance

Work placement

Once you successfully complete the programme, you’ll be able to apply to the GTCS. If all other GTCS conditions have been met, you’ll gain provisional registration to teach drama in a secondary school.

Learning & teaching

Module delivery will combine seminar presentation and discussion with workshop activities. You'll be encouraged to critically analyse and respond creatively to the tasks set. Audio-visual material and internet sources will be integral to the workshop sessions with key reading and workshop themes distributed at the start of the programme.


Classes one and two have two assessment points with the first assessment in each having a group element.
The second assessment is entirely an individual submission. It includes theatrical documentation for a piece of dramatic text chosen by you which is supported by an analytical essay.
Class three has two assessments. The first assessment has a strong practical group focus with supportive individual essay and the second requires you to direct a short piece of dramatic text, supported by a critical essay.
Class four has one assessment where you're required to produce a 40 – 45minute performance, supported by an individual analytical essay on that performance.


Qualified teachers who take and successfully complete this programme can apply for provisional registration with the GTCS to teach drama in a secondary school.

Visit the Drama: Theory & Practice page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entry open to teachers registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland; AND considerations will be given to other applicants who can provide evidence of relevant Higher Education qualifications

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