UCAS Teacher Training code
1 year full-time
We recognise the importance and potential of theatre as an art form. Our goal is to promote pupils’ personal, social, spiritual and cultural development through theatre and performance.
Why study PGCE (Secondary) Drama at Goldsmiths?
- If you want to empower young people through Drama then this is the course for you. You'll learn about the process of teaching and performance, observe Drama in schools, look at the work of key practitioners, and develop the conceptual underpinnings of classroom practice.
- You’ll also work on your performance skills and analyse them from the perspective of a viewer.
- You’ll work with school-based tutors (heads of department or experienced Drama specialists), and be supported by alumni as “buddies”.
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.
Please note: Interviews for the PGCE Drama programme take place in schools, which break up towards the end of July. As a result, interviews will not be held beyond this point. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Amanda Kipling
What you’ll study
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.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
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.
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.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2019/20 academic year.
- Home/EU - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £15040
Please note that EU fees are being fixed at the above rate for 2019 entry. The fee level will be fixed for the duration of your programme.
If your fees are not listed here, please contact the Fees Office - fees (@gold.ac.uk).
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for prospective students, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.