About the course
The key aim of this programme is to enable students to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers of Drama. The programme provides opportunities for students to explore the theory and practice of Drama education through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two school placements.
The course will provide students with an awareness of the theoretical foundations of the subject, of strategies for teaching and learning in Drama and of current issues surrounding Drama education. Workshops will enable students to explore a range of practical processes and approaches. Regular tutorials enable students to receive individual support from tutors. Tutors on the programme are experienced teachers of Drama and researchers of Drama education.
During school placements, students benefit from working alongside experienced teachers of Drama. Students have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors.
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On the interview day you will be registered by a member of the admissions team. There will then be a course talk and an introduction to the subject tutors. There will be a group interview, this is a discussion based on what you have learned from your observations in school and teaching in general.
Following the group task will be individual interviews with the subject tutor lasting 20-45 minutes you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the course during the interview. You may be asked to discuss a portfolio where relevant, or to give a presentation.
There will also be a maths and written task, where you will be asked to write a short piece on the role of your subject within the national curriculum. This is to check your Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, and to see what your response would be to writing at Master’s level.
These interview elements are not intimidating, but carefully planned to give you the best possible opportunity to show your potential for teaching and working with young people in school. A teacher from one of our partner schools may take part in the interview.
How school placements work
During school placements, students benefit from working alongside experienced teachers of art and design. Students have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Candidates should have a good second class degree in a relevant subject.
Students must have achieved at least a grade C or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents), applicants without one or both of these GCSEs (or approved equivalents) will be considered for interview. If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, we accept the equivalency tests offered by Equivalency Testing.
UK enhanced DBS check is required prior to enrolment and a suitability declaration will be requested when accepting a place. If you have lived outside of the UK for a period of a year over the age of 18 then you will also be required to provide an overseas criminal records check clearance prior to starting the course.
A declaration of health questionnaire is required to assess if you are fit to teach.
About the training provider
The School of Education at Roehampton is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK, with partnerships with over 701 schools. We have a rich 175-year history and have been providing higher education to women for longer than any other university in the country.
As a student in our School, you will enjoy high quality teaching, which will equip you for a successful career with a competitive starting salary. Your employment prospects will be excellent: 99% of our teacher training graduates are in work or further study six months after leaving us (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education, 2017 results).
We are based on a beautiful parkland campus in South-West London, close to Putney and Hammersmith, and just 30 minutes from the West End. Our School is ranked third in London for the quality of our research in the field of Education (Research Excellence Framework 2014), reflecting the world-class expertise of our staff.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. Our Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with our Access Centre: Access@SW15.
For new students, we strongly recommend that you get in touch to let us know about your specific disability and support needs. Any information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used to support you with your studies.
We recommend to inform us of your specific learning difference (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
For more information please see our disability services website here.
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