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School of Performing Arts

Drama with Secondary Education (QTS)

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching drama.

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching drama.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code WXL3
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching drama. It will give you both drama knowledge at degree level and ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained secondary school. You will undertake both Drama modules and periods of education-based learning at the Walsall Campus. You will also spend at least 120 days divided between a range of different schools at different times during the three year course. As a trainee you will learn how to teach Drama to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements.

The drama content of this programme is significant and offers an opportunity for you to gain experience in multiple areas of contemporary drama, theatre and performance. You will take a practical approach to these disciplines, developing physical and vocal performance skills alongside creative thinking and your work will be underpinned by critical performance theory. During the three years, you will share many classes with students enrolled on the B.A. (Hons) Drama programme. The subject specific drama teaching on this course will enable you to pursue alternative career options outside of teaching should you so desire. The expertise and transferrable skills you will receive will leave you well positioned for a variety of creative industry career paths.

This course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

What happens on the course?

You will study a broad range of topics including applied drama, popular performance, physical theatre, text, devising, scriptwriting and performance analysis. You will do this through an engagement with a range of significant 20th and 21st century play texts, performance practitioners, directors and theatre companies.

We take a radical approach to teaching that mirrors industry practice; you will have the opportunity to take part in key production modules, which are rehearsed and performed within an intensive three week period.

Year 1. You will begin by developing a portfolio of performance skills through weekly sessions designed to develop both vocal and physical ability. You will also study a range of key texts and explore directorial approaches and appropriate performance strategies in order to transition these texts from page to stage. In addition you will study Education topics such as ‘Subject Specific Pedagogy – Justifying the Specialist Subject’.

Year 2. You will be introduced to a range of key theatre and performance practitioners and have the opportunity to explore a variety of approaches to performance making through practice. You will take part in an intensive production module that will require you to work as part of an ensemble to devise, rehearse and stage a performance using a specific genre of theatre such as physical theatre or popular performance. In addition you will study Education topics such as ‘Subject Specific Pedagogy – Teaching the Specialist Subject’ and ‘Professional Development – The Beginning Teacher’.

Year 3. You will have the opportunity to work in professional settings such as Birmingham REP and the Black Country Living Museum. You will develop your skills of independent research by conducting an intense subject specific project that explores an area of performance or drama pedagogy in considerable detail. The educational content on offer will include ‘Subject Specific Pedagogy – Investigating Practise’ and ‘Professional Development – The Developing Teacher’.

Additional Information

The three years will be spent both in University based learning and an amount of time each year will be spent in school. You will have one school attachment each year and these will vary in length.

Your University Tutor will be available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers. We will try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

With the award of BA (Hons) Drama with Secondary Education (QTS) you will be well-placed to pursue a career in Drama teaching in secondary schools.

You will have an integrated and holistic knowledge of the main areas of drama, theatre and performance and have developed good performance skills.  These skills will mean you are well equipped for the workplace, be it in a secondary school, the creative industries or the wider world of work in general (or for further study and/or research if you so choose). The course is strategically aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in secondary education, however sometimes desires and ambitions change. So, if you decide to pursue a career outside the teaching profession you will still be in a very strong position. The creative industries constitute a significant part of the national and global economoy. With a strong focus on employability and enterprise, this course will equip you with the transferable skills required for a diverse range of career opportunities including performing, directing, working as a playwright, casting agent, stage manager, technician or designer. Graduates from the School of Performing Arts are also employed in arts administration, media, marketing and management. Alternatively, you could continue your academic studies by progressing on to our MA in Contemporary Theatre.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The course is designed to offer you both a degree in Drama and Qualified Teacher Status over three years, which is an innovative design that works successfully across a range of subjects within the University of Wolverhampton.  Our employment rates for students achieving teacher qualifications remains high and we work with a large number of Partnership schools who value our training programmes.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Claire Hampton

On the course you will take a practical approach to drama, developing physical and vocal performance skills alongside creative thinking and your work will be underpinned by critical performance theory.

In addition the course will develop secondary drama school teachers who are:

  • empathetic and committed to pupils’ learning;
  • reflective and reflexive;
  • enthusiastic and innovative;
  • open-minded and research-aware
  • capable of engaging in practitioner research
  • flexible and creative
  • knowledgeable – both in drama and pedagogically

The course will help you to develop as a teacher who understands the link between subject knowledge and the curriculum knowledge needed to teach drama in a secondary school.  You will develop as a teacher who understands the needs of the individual pupil and the school community in which you will work. Working in partnership with schools across the region you will be given the opportunity to work with pupils in a variety of classroom settings and will spend at least 120 days in school across the three year programme. As a reflective practitioner, once qualified, you will be ready to enter the classroom with ongoing support available from colleagues in the Institute of Education, particularly during your first year. 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional Materials - Nil

Additional Field trips - £1000 - All Performing Arts students will have an opportunity to partake in the bi-annual trip to New York, costs vary according to cohort size and programme of events but can be expected to be in the order of £800 - £1,000. There will be opportunities to attend Musicals and Theatre performances in London and across the UK, recent examples: Hair, Kinky Boots, Hamilton, Rent

Additional Events/Performances - £250 - Final performances and productions are by individual design as as such costs in this area are difficult to quantify. Potential spend areas: venue hire; props; costumes; choreographers; sets etc

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

Applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in GCSE English and Mathematics. If you are unsure whether you hold an acceptable GCSE equivalent qualification for ITT, please contact our Admissions Department for clarification.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations.


Typical entry requirements: 112 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades BBC (excluding A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking)
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades D*D*
  • OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma (Full Award) - Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Important Requirements

As part of the Department for Education (DfE) ITT compliance, if you are successful you will be required to provide your ORIGINAL certificates to the University of Wolverhampton Admissions Unit.

You will also take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach.

Interview and Selection

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course. If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.

Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Second Stage: You will undertake either an observed group task or a subject-specific activity (if you are applying for secondary teacher training).

Third Stage: You will engage in individual face to face interview

We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course. Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


Students currently engaged in Undergraduate routes leading to QTS are positive about the opportunity to spend time exploring their subject both in the University classroom and in school settings. 

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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