Postgraduate courses in Drama Teaching

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Are you confident? Do you want to facilitate students in their learning, exploring, confidence, stage presence and speech etiquette? Drama teaching is a role that covers all of these areas and more. There are a number of postgraduate courses available to choose from across the UK. 

Have a look at the information below to see if we can guide you towards your ideal postgraduate course. 

What is drama teaching?

Drama teaching is a tool and role that facilitates children to participate, demonstrate, observe and perform in an open environment. It allows students to learn and demonstrate learning among students. 

As a drama teacher you will create lesson plans and incorporate different subjects into drama roles. You will teach students about different works and plays while also teaching them about the history of drama. You will provide the opportunity to students to create their own drama pieces, create an organized and managing learning environments as well as directing performances, setting up stages, sets, lighting and more. 

As a drama teacher who is working at secondary level you will work the normal school hours, Monday-Friday. If you are working as a freelancer you will be expected to be flexible with your time. Should you set up your own drama school or work in an independent drama school (extra curricular) you will be expected to work more unsocial hours in the evenings and at the weekends. 


There are many courses on offer in the area across the UK. Some courses offer the opportunity to study either part time or full time. Universities may have certain restrictions in place due to Covid-19 and may offer courses online. There are courses available in this area across a number of colleges and are very similar. Courses include:

PGCE Secondary Drama with QTS

Postgraduate courses in this area will gain all the necessary skills and requirements in order to help students to develop their imagination and creative thinking as well as allowing them to develop their artistic and performance skills. Modules will focus on you as a teacher and the students as learners in understanding the best and most effective ways to implement course content and lesson plans. 

Drama Education and English Language Teaching 

A postgraduate course in this area will give you the opportunity to gain an insight into the impact of drama and theatre education and the ways in which it can be taught in primary, secondary tertiary education. You will focus on a large range of pedagogical and cultural contexts. You will gain a theoretical understanding of how and why drama can support language learning especially where English is not a student’s first language. 

Other courses available in this area include Actor Training and Coaching and Voice Studies: Teaching and Coaching. There are a wide number of courses in PGCE Secondary Drama. Courses may differ in exact course content so be sure to research in depth to ensure you choose the right course for you. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements may differ from course to course or university to university. Therefore, it is important to research your specific course in detail to ensure you meet the entry requirements. As these courses are postgraduate courses, you will need a bachelor’s degree. Some courses may accept a 2.2 degree while others will require a 2.1  in a relevant area. 


Your salary in this area will be dependent on different variables from your experience, your employment type and sometimes your location can also play a role in the salary of self employed drama teachers. Drama teachers in England and Wales receive salaries based on a standardised pay scale. Newly qualified salaries are around £21,500 and can increase to around £27,000 depending on location. As a freelancer, your hourly rate will usually be around £25-£30 in schools. If you set up your own school you could earn between £40-£90 hourly. All figures are based on estimates and are intended to be used as a guide only. 

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Skills and requirements 

Skills and requirements helpful in this area include:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Drama skills
  • Performing skills
  • Good dictation
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Patience
  • Confidence
  • Flexible
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Organisation skills
  • Time management skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to teach
  • Strong speaking and presentation skills
  • Creative
  • Leadership skills

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