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PEENGDRA - PGCE Secondary English with Drama

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Postgraduate Certificate in Education Level Masters
Possible interim awards Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
Total credits for course 120
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Professions
Subject Area Education
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 1 YEARS 3 YEARS
Course leader  

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

The University does not award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but makes a recommendation for the award of QTS, currently to the Department for Education (DfE), when you successfully complete the PGCE including both school experience modules. The rules governing QTS have been set by the government.

Career opportunities

Most of our trainees go on to take up roles in schools as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) including with many of our partner schools or in their placement schools.

Graduates of our PGCE training courses are spread across the educational world, in many cases reaching positions of leadership including Head teachers and advisors.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a UK degree, preferably grade 2.2 or equivalent, in a relevant subject or with a considerable proportion of the content in the subject
  • GCSE English and Mathematics grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)*
  • London Met Health Check
  • literacy and numeracy tests — these are university-based tests, which you will be asked to undertake at your interview

If you hold a third class degree, you may still be considered, particularly if this qualification is supported by a completed Master's degree or relevant work experience.

If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements, contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

We are looking for dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring trainees. As a teacher you will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your work, as well as the desire to make a real difference to young people's lives and futures.

Ideally, you:

  • are able to express your passion for teaching English and Drama
  • have visited a local school in order to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised
  • have participated on the School Experience Programme
  • can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement.

Trainees are subject to an enhanced DBS check and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.

Please note, we will need to see originals of documents, qualification certificates etc. It is usually possible to order duplicates if these are lost.

*If you need to take an equivalency test for any of the required GCSEs, once you've received an offer from London Met please sign up for the BCU equivalence tests, which are the only approved ones to work entirely online. They are only available to teacher training offer-holders, so cannot be taken prior to application.
BCU offer all three GCSE equivalencies. An individual applicant who is holding an offer at an ITE provider will pay a one-off admin fee of £25, irrespective of the number of equivalencies needed. You'll then pay a fee of £75 for Maths, £75 for Science and £90 for English. This will give you access to four areas of learning, which can be engaged with through repeat sessions (the same areas but with different examples that give you a chance to revisit before taking the test). You'll then have the opportunity to take two tests, a first attempt and one resit.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2019/20 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 24 May 2019 Last validation date 24 May 2019  
Sources of funding NCTL
JACS codes
Route code ENGDRA