PGCE Secondary Drama University of Reading




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Course info


With our PGCE Secondary Education with Drama, you will address all aspects of teaching secondary drama, develop the skills and knowledge valued by employers, and benefit from our custom-built, first-class facilities.

This Postgraduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Drama course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.

This course is consistently evaluated as excellent in both internal and external reviews and encompasses a variety of approaches to drama and theatre teaching in relation to GCSE and A level exam specifications whilst also exploring the role of drama for the individual within the complexities of life in the 21st century. The course provides a theoretical framework for teaching drama within schools and is rooted in embodied practice.

You will address all aspects of secondary drama, including specialist expertise in areas such as devising, teaching texts and key practitioners, theatre history, and drama as a method of addressing subjects and issues across the curriculum.

Assignments are designed to help you to plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively, and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils.


The majority of our graduates go into schools and inspire children to develop into happy, confident and well-informed individuals. Other alumni take their educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.

The support and training we give our students enables them to develop into resilient and creative teachers with the ability to adapt. The transferable skills and strengths they develop are also recognised outside of education, and are therefore desirable in many different areas of employment.

The placement opportunities and careers support we give our students ensures they are attractive to employers. This is qualified by the consistently high employment rates our students enjoy in local and regional schools.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PGCE Secondary Drama.

Full Time (10 months)

Tuition fees

£17,100.00 (17,65,546) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




University of Reading

Whiteknights House,

PO Box 217,



RG6 6AH, England

Entry requirement for international students

You are normally required to have at least a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a subject that is related to the subject you intend to teach. You will need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or equivalent qualifications. You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of the course. This is a new DfE requirement which replaces the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy. If you accept an offer with us, you will also be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.