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Birmingham City University
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Please note that applications for this course have now closed for September 2011 entry.
We believe that drama is a significant part of school life and needs inspirational teachers.
The PGCE Secondary Education: Drama course at Birmingham City University explores drama as an art form and aims to produce confident, dynamic and creative teachers who are committed to making drama accessible for all.
The course enables trainee teachers to work with experienced professionals in secondary education to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
Students will learn from experts who have first-class, first-hand knowledge and understanding of all issues relating to teaching effectively in secondary schools and will be well-supported when on placements.
There is the option to take some modules at Master's level (Level 7).
This is a professional teacher training course that leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It is available at both Level 6 (H) and Level 7 (M).
The course has been graded as "outstanding" by Ofsted and described as a "well-structured, highly coherent programme" which includes key strengths in "the attention given to trainees' personal well-being and the quality of the 'wrap-around' support they receive" and "trainees' outstanding ability to critically evaluate their own work to secure their own progress" (Ofsted 2010). Our facilities include a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.
All students are guaranteed outstanding support from both their tutors at the University – all of whom have been exceptional classroom teachers themselves – and from the partnership secondary schools, of which there are more than 200 across the Midlands.
Two thirds of the course takes place in school and we ensure that students are offered a number of placements in a wide range of educational establishments – at least two different schools, plus visits to other schools, including a primary school – so valuable experience is gained in a variety of settings.
Students will have both serial and block placements and will be assigned a trained mentor, who will support and guide students’ work, as well as provide training and feedback.