Why study this course?
This Secondary English with Drama course will train you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds and, by arrangement, can also give you additional experience in the post-16 age group. It is run collaboratively with the English and Media Centre (EMC), an award-winning educational charity. EMC tutors will provide you with support throughout the course, drawing on their extensive experience of consultancy for schools and running Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers.
You'll also have a dedicated drama specialist tutor, who will support your development as a school practitioner, adept at working within the many varied contexts offered in the world of drama in education.
Interested in finding out more? Sign up for one of our information events – online or in person – a chance to meet the tutors and get your questions answered. See below.
More about this course
Through this course you'll learn how to work flexibly and creatively in the classroom and drama studio, inspiring pupils with a love of arts and literature and giving them the vital skills to communicate effectively.
You’ll learn how to promote high standards of language and literacy, developing a strong command of the spoken and written word. The skills you'll learn on this course will enable your pupils to develop their creativity and powers of expression.
This exciting course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the academic PGCE qualification, which is worth up to 60 credits at master's level. The course benefits hugely from our London location and will broaden your understanding of teaching in diverse and urban environments.
Through study, discussion and teaching you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and the methods you can use to help them develop effective English and drama skills.
Assessment for the University taught components of the course (60 credits) is implemented through a variety of coursework instruments and practical tasks. One assignment involves a portfolio of tasks relating to teaching, whilst the second assignment is a research report. The portfolio assignment includes several opportunities to receive formative feedback from tutors and peers.
These credits are associated with hybrid modules and can thus be awarded at either Level 6 or Level 7. Your work is marked according to one assessment criteria grid, and an overall mark is identified:
(1) Level 7 Distinction
(2) Level 7 Pass
(3) Level 6 Pass
If you gain 60 credits at Level 7 will be awarded the Post Graduate PGCE; others passing both modules but failing to gain 60 Level-7 credits will be awarded the Professional Graduate PGCE.
Assessment of the School Experience modules (60 credits at level 6) is through observation of teaching and professional practice in relation to the professional Teachers’ Standards for QTS.
This course is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).
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You'll be required to have:
- a UK degree, preferably grade 2.2 or equivalent, in a relevant subject or with a considerable proportion of the content in the subject
- GCSE English grade B/6 and GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)*
- London Met Health Check
- literacy and numeracy tests — these are university-based tests, which you will be asked to undertake at your interview
If you hold a third class degree, you may still be considered, particularly if this qualification is supported by a completed master's degree or relevant work experience.
If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements, contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.
We are looking for dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring trainees. As a teacher you will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your work, as well as the desire to make a real difference to young people's lives and futures.
- are able to express your passion for teaching English and Drama
- have visited a local school in order to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised
- have participated on the School Experience Programme
- can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement
Trainees are subject to an enhanced DBS check and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.
Please note, we will need to see originals of documents, qualification certificates etc. It is usually possible to order duplicates if these are lost.
*If you need to take an equivalency test for any of the required GCSEs, please sign up for A Star Equivalency or Equivalency Testing. They offer all three GCSE equivalencies. Please be aware that you may need to undertake study towards the exam, either with the equivalency organisation or independently.
Alternatively, you might want to sign up for a college course in the relevant subject, though this is likely to take longer and you may not have the chance for a re-sit, if required, prior to the start of the PGCE course.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
English language requirements
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
The English with Drama course is a blend of taught sessions at the University and school-based training. The course includes lectures, seminar sessions, workshops, educational visits, face-to-face discussions and on-line interactions. You'll also have individual meetings with your personal group tutor to review progress and set personalised targets.
Modules in Year 1 include:
- Curriculum Studies (CS) is a taught module, assessed by a synoptic essay. Curriculum Studies is where you'll learn about the specific requirements and methods of teaching in your subject or phase.
- Professional and Inclusive Practice (PIP) is the second taught module, assessed by an Education Research Project, which you'll undertake towards the end of the course.
- School Experience A is a school-based placement, which introduces you to the practicalities of teaching in a secondary school environment. It runs from October to December and is assessed on your progress towards meeting the Teacher Standards.
- School Experience B is the second school-based placement, in a different setting, during which you'll hone the skills and attributes necessary to succeed in the classroom. It runs from late January to the end of May, including a two-week window for the completion of the Research Project. It is assessed on your ability to meet the Teacher Standards.
Where this course can take you
Most of our trainees go on to take up roles in schools as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) including with many of our partner schools or in their placement schools.
Graduates of our PGCE training courses are spread across the educational world, in many cases reaching positions of leadership including Head teachers and advisors.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £15,000 through the teacher training bursary.
Top tips for applications
- Ask somebody you trust to check your personal statement, both for accuracy of writing and for focused, relevant content.
- Ensure that your personal statement addresses your reasons for choosing the exact course, phase or subject specialism. Make sure that all potentially relevant experience is referred to in your statement – if you don’t tell us, we won’t know!
- Don’t wait until you have passed all relevant qualifications before applying (but make sure you tell us about them – otherwise, again, we won’t know).
- If your qualifications are from another country, you will have to get an ENIC statement of equivalence.
- Make sure you have read all the relevant course documentation and requirements before applying.
- If in doubt, ask!
Important information for international applicants
Due to unprecedented demand for our courses for the spring 2023 intake, international admissions are now closed for the majority of our postgraduate courses. You can still apply for the autumn 2023 intake. Distance learning courses courses are still available for spring 2023.
How to apply
You can apply for all teacher training courses, apart from the assessment-only route, through the Department for Education’s “Apply for teacher training” service.
You have the option to apply to London Met or one of our partner schools. To apply to us, select London Metropolitan University as the training provider and then choose the relevant course. You can also use the following codes:
Training provider code: L68
Course code: 3C9W
Please note, whether you select London Met or one of our partner schools as the provider, your training will still take place at the University. Depending on availability, for your placement, you may be assigned to a school that is different to the one you entered the provider code for.
When to apply
Please apply as early as possible to maximise your chances of securing a place. The application window opens in early October for courses starting the following September.
Do not wait until you’ve met all the criteria before applying.
If you’re not sure whether you meet the criteria, please do one of the following:
- Contact us to enquire about the eligibility of your qualifications and experience. We’ll be able to let you know whether the Level 2 Maths certificate that you have is accepted for teacher training, or whether your degree is considered relevant to the secondary course you’re applying for.
- Apply early through and make it clear in your personal statement what steps you propose to take to get the relevant qualifications or experience.
Places are limited by the Teaching Regulation Agency and are offered on a first come, first served basis. We also operate waiting lists for these courses.To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.
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