Berkshire Teaching School Alliance
Drama (2XSX)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

The majority of the training takes place in schools and is generally of a practical, skills-based nature. Sessions are arranged with in-house specialists in given fields, and each trainee is assigned an experienced subject mentor. The university balances this with the provision of a rigorous academic element, which enables trainees to reflect on work done in schools.

The University of Reading has a long and highly successful experience of ITT and particularly of working with schools on school-based training programmes. Initial teacher training courses are based on the belief that education is about active and meaningful learning through which teachers become analytical, creative and receptive to new ideas. The universities work closely with partnership schools, planning and delivering training programmes in collaboration - teaching is practice-led as well as research-led. The universities support us in recruiting the highest-calibre trainees who become excellent teachers at the end of their training.

Subject specialism is at the core of the university-based periods of training. You will work with specialist tutors in your subject, many of whom play a leading role in national research and policy developments. Staff from schools and other organisations (including national subject associations) work closely alongside university staff. You will also benefit from specialist facilities at the universities’ campuses.

How school placements work

The Drama School Direct PGCE programme will enable you to develop the professional skills and knowledge to deliver all aspects of drama up to GCSE, as well to students studying at A-level.

Throughout the course you will develop into a confident teacher who will have a deep understanding of educational theory and pedagogy, and will remain a reflective practitioner throughout your career.

You will:

• Develop creative approaches to teaching drama at all levels

• Develop resources for future teaching

• Develop a critical understanding of current debates relating to science and education

• Develop your subject knowledge


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,045

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:

UK students £9,250

EU students £9,250

International students £16,045

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree 2:2 or above (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved grade C or above in GCSE mathematics and English or equivalent.

Personal qualities

You will need to demonstrate sufficient understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and the processes involved in learning and teaching. In order to show such understanding and insight it may be beneficial to undertake a visit to a school.

About the training provider

The Berkshire Teaching School (Berkshire TSA) is a teaching school based at Maiden Erlegh School, a National Teaching School designated by the National College for Teaching & Leadership. We have an excellent track record and provide teacher training at various schools in the Berkshire area.

We participate in the Schools Direct Programme of school-led training and work closely with The University of Reading to deliver training, offering both salaried and unsalaried routes.

With the University of Reading being so close to our teaching school, we have a strong partnership with the university. Reading is a vibrant town, with excellent employment opportunities.

We offer training in a variety of schools, including primary and secondary schools and all key stages. You can train at Maiden Erlegh School or the following schools under our alliance.

• Kendrick School

• John Madejski School

• Blessed Hugh Faringdon School

• Reading Girls School

• Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge

• Easthampstead Park School


• Maiden Erlegh School in Reading

• Whiteknights Primary School

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

About the accredited body

The Institute of Education at The University of Reading has been in the top 10 for over a decade in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019.)

One of our strengths, as recognised by Ofsted, is the high quality of support we provide to schools and Reading Partnership Teachers (RPTs) on placement.

Many of our RPTs go on to secure jobs in their placement schools, so active engagement with the IoE partnership in training new teachers is an excellent way to recruit NQTs to your school.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Maiden Erlegh Trust takes very seriously its responsibilities and duties under the Equality Action. Our motto of "schools for the community, schools as a community" as well as our vision and ethos illustrate our commitment to treat everyone fairly and respectfully, to embrace and celebrate difference and to support every student in our schools to meet their potential.

Maiden Erlegh Trust will fulfil its statutory Public Sector Equality Duty to consider needs of students and their families, employees, governors, visitors and contracted service providers in terms of:

•Eliminating unlawful discrimination*, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by The Act.

•Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

•Fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Contact details

0118 9262467
Maiden Erlegh School
Silverdale Road


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1Y1
  • Training programme code: 2XSX

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School
Fawley Road, Southcote, READING RG30 3EP
Yes B
Easthampstead Park Community School
Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 8FS
Yes E
Maiden Erlegh School
Off Silverdale Road, Earley, Reading, Berkshire RG6 7HS
Yes -

Support and advice

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