We recognise the importance and potential of theatre as an art form, and it is our goal to use it to promote the personal, social, spiritual and cultural development of all pupils, including the ones you will go on to teach.
This programme is designed to create teachers who will operate as artists in education, empowering young people through Drama, and encourage you to reach your full potential as a qualified teacher.
The programme integrates process and performance, teaching both through and about the art form. In this way, you’ll be able to benefit from a whole host of transferable skills, enabling you to develop personally and professionally through both practical and theoretical enquiry.
As well as focusing on the Drama curriculum in the first three years of secondary education, the programme covers Drama and performing arts courses for pupils from 14 to 19.
We pay special attention to the relationship between English and Drama in the National Curriculum.
It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.
As well as your PGCE fees, you will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.
We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Amanda Kipling
In College-based sessions, you engage in practical Drama at your own level and then analyse this from the perspective of participant and teacher.
Starting to teach grows out of this, coupled with you observing Drama in schools, re-visiting the work of key practitioners, and beginning to develop the conceptual underpinnings of classroom practice.
School-based tutors are heads of department or experienced Drama specialists. In addition, you will be supported by alumni as ‘buddies’.
In the Autumn Term, you have an intensive introduction to Drama in education at the College, and begin weekly induction visits to your first teaching practice school.
As the term develops, you spend four days a week in school beginning to develop teaching skills, and return to Goldsmiths on the fifth day for support in lesson planning, managing behaviour, and assessing and recording pupils’ progress.
At the start of the Spring Term there is a similar pattern of College-based work, with an induction visit to your second teaching practice school. This enables you to build on everything you have learned in the first term and to plan for your second block of school experience.
You then spend four days a week in this school until the spring half-term.
After this you are in school five days a week gaining a sense of what it means to be a full-time Drama teacher. In the final weeks you return to College and complete your Career Entry Development Profile. You also engage in a review and evaluation of the programme as a whole.
Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We have been training teachers since 1904, and have established
a reputation for excellence in this field
We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live
As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups.
We place a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and we'll train you to become a reflective and socially conscious teacher.
We have partnerships with many London schools, offering you the chance to gain teaching practice in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms.
We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring.
Staff in the department carry out world-leading research – we're ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of this research.*
It delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.
Find out more about the Department of Educational Studies.
*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
Learning & teaching
A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:
• Taught subject sessions
• Taught General Professional Study sessions
• Practical workshops
• Core lectures
• Group tutorials/seminars
• Individual tutorials
• Individual and group presentations
• Supported self-study
As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.
How to apply
You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.
There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.