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PGCE (PG) in Secondary Drama

Course Description

Those enrolled on any initial teacher education course learn to teach within schools in East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. School-led teacher education is provided by experienced mentors and professional tutors and is supported by University tutors throughout the year. During 2014 our Initial Teacher Education course was deemed good/outstanding by Ofsted.

How to apply for the PGCE
You should apply through UCAS Teacher Training. You must provide an appropriate written reference on your application form, which should be an academic reference if you are at university or college. If you finished your studies in the last five years, your principal referee should be a tutor or lecturer who can comment on your academic achievements and your personal qualities. If you finished your studies more than five years ago, your principal referee should be a responsible person who knows you well enough to write with authority about you, such as an employer. No candidate will be offered a place without being interviewed. Interviews serve not only as a selection device, but also as an opportunity for further explanation and questions. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse travel and other expenses incurred in attending for an interview.

Working with children
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides, through a disclosure service, access to records held nationwide by the police and the DfE. As initial teacher education modules involve working with children, all prospective trainees must pay a fee to obtain a satisfactory DBS check before starting an initial teacher training course.

Mental and physical fitness to teach
All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the Occupational Health Department at the University. A charge is made for the service.

Withdrawal of offer
The University will make all reasonable efforts to provide the course as set out in this prospectus. However, it may be obliged to withdraw an offer of a place if it cannot obtain sufficient placements for the school experience component of the course, where trainees are placed in a school within a 50-mile radius of the University or of the home of the student.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2015 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.
PGCE elements
- Professional Knowledge for Schools
- Curriculum Studies
- Professional Practice


All teachers are prepared to meet, and are regularly assessed against, a set of national professional standards, achievement of which is recognised by the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In preparation for QTS, teachers prepare a portfolio of evidence of achievement, which charts progress over the academic year and includes evidence of lesson observations, engagement with professional development and self-designed teaching and learning materials.

As an academic award, the PGCE also provides opportunities to acquire up to 90 Masters-level credits through assignments, including the presentation of a professional portfolio in a viva at the end of the course.

At all stages, assessment is shared between school-based professionals and University tutors.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the PGCE (PG) in Secondary Drama page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You must be a graduate of an approved institution of Higher Education or validating body from a course that is recognised as being equivalent to at least a second-class undergraduate honours degree. You must also have passed the equivalent of GCSE English and Mathematics (Grade C) and complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Evidence of having gained these qualifications must be provided at interview. Overseas entry requirements: View Website

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