PGCE Secondary – Drama

The following information has been put together to highlight the main features of the PGCE Secondary: Drama programme and to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have from students looking to apply.

For more detailed information about the PGCE Secondary: Drama programme at Cardiff Met, please refer to the UCAS Teacher Training website.


Main features of the programme:

  • The programme consists of two integrated elements, which are University-based and school-based. Two thirds of the time is spent in schools which are generally within a 30 mile radius from Cardiff.
  • The University-based element of the programme aims to familiarise students with the Drama curriculum in secondary schools at Key Stage 3, 4 and 16+.
  • Throughout the programme students are encouraged to develop their understanding of the teaching of drama and to reflect upon this in their school experience.
  • The University based modules comprise of drama curriculum studies and initial professional development. Initial professional development provides trainees with an introduction to major whole-school issues e.g. teaching strategies, classroom management, pastoral care, inclusive education etc.
  • Seminars, workshops, lectures are the main method of instruction.
  • University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching effectively.
  • We provide regular mentor meetings which allow you to ask questions and discuss topics/issues further.
  • You will receive feedback on your progress and lesson observations at regular points during the course.

Why study PGCE Secondary: Drama at Cardiff Met?

  • We are situated on an attractive campus at Cyncoed with high quality resources for Education students.
  • Option to submit assignments, undertake teaching placements and IPD groups through the medium of Welsh.
  • Financial incentives to train (training grants are available) and also to train through the medium of Welsh (training grant and Gloywi Iaith sessions).
  • We have placement schools throughout South Wales, so you do not have to move to the Cardiff area to study/ undertake your school placement.
  • Excellent and well-established partnerships with English and Welsh medium placement schools. 
  • Sharing of good practice and resources.

  • University sessions allow students to "regroup" and take time out from school regularly to discuss progress, challenges and successes in a supportive environment – you are not thrown in at the deep end and forced to sink or swim!

    For further information about the programme and any specific enquiries relating to entry requirements, assessments and interview process, please refer to the main PGCE Secondary course overview and the UCAS Teacher Training website. Alternatively please contact:
    Emma Thayer
    PGCE Secondary Drama Programme Leader
    029 2041 6535