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The Drama course aims to give student teachers the professional skills needed to become successful teachers who can develop learners' skills in creating, performing and evaluating. Working within the Expressive Arts Area of Learning and Experience, you will train to teach ambitious, capable and creative learners who are ready to learn and use their acquired knowledge to lead fulfilling lives.
- A degree, at least 50% of which is Drama-related. We consider students with degrees in related subjects, for example, Film or Performing Arts. There will be gaps in subject knowledge for all students and the course is designed to address this issue.
- Grade B (Grade 5 in England) in Mathematics and English at GCSE or equivalent. The University offers tests in these subjects if you do not have these requirements.
- Experience or observation in a school setting is an advantage.
- Literacy and numeracy skills tests will form part of the selection process on the day of the interview.
Together with your fellow students on the primary and other secondary programmes, you will study the principles of effective pedagogy, assessment, lesson and curriculum planning. You will participate actively in learning, contributing to seminars, delivering presentations and engaging critically with research. During the University sessions, you will plan and deliver microlessons in preparation for the practical element of the course.
You will study Drama’s contribution to the delivery of the curriculum for English or Welsh, and will consider Drama’s potential as part of the Expressive Arts Area of Learning and Experience. In collaboration with students in other subject areas you will develop your practice in working across the curriculum. There will be a focus on delivering practical, devised and text-based sessions throughout the secondary age range including GCSE Drama, AS/A Level Drama and Performing Arts specifications.
On placement, you will work closely with your subject mentor and the University Link Tutor to develop your practical skills in teaching. In addition to specialist placements in secondary schools, you will experience a short placement in a primary school working with skilled primary teachers. You will also undertake an action research project to develop an aspect of your practice and begin your career as a research-informed teacher.
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Assessment on the course takes a range of forms including, for example: essays, reflective writing, presentations, lesson plans, action research project. There are no formal examinations. Assessment of practice takes place throughout all three placements on a continuous basis.
All teachers are responsible for the teaching of the three cross-curriculum themes of literacy, numeracy and digital competence. Students will be supported in planning the delivery of literacy, numeracy and digital competence in the context of their own subject.