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PGCE Secondary Dance

The Dance route is designed to build on prior experience to equip all students with the specific subject knowledge and skills that will enable them to become effective teachers of Dance across Key Stage 3 and 4 and Post 16.

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Entry Requirements

Typically, candidates will have an honours degree in Dance with a classification of 2.1 or above.

All candidates must have achieved at least a ‘C’ / 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and having an A level or equivalent qualification in Dance is an advantage. 

Some experience of observation or participation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable. 

Successful candidates are those who are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in Dance through personal performance and dance experience; and through working with young people in a creative setting.

If you meet the entry requirements, you will be invited for an interview at the Chichester Campus, Bishop Otter.

All successful applicants will have to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and complete a satisfactory Medical Declaration before commencement of the course.

The admissions co-ordinator welcomes email contact from potential candidates who are unsure about the suitability of their qualifications.

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Course content

The course includes Subject Study, Professional Studies and School Placements.  The Subject Study is delivered at the Bishop Otter Campus in Chichester, while the Professional Studies programme which takes place at the Bognor Regis Campus.

Successful candidates are those who are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in Dance through personal performance and dance experience and through working with young people in a creative setting.

This new PGCE Secondary programme in Dance will also allow students to be able to access the performance programme in the Showroom and join the large and established community of dance students who are studying for their BA, MA and PhD’s in Dance.

The programme is full time over 38 weeks and attendance is demanding.

70% of the course is school experience, during which you will be required to teach a proportion of a full time teacher's timetable and attend meetings (including parents' evenings) in the same way as a practising teacher.

The university sessions run all day. 

Course fees for 2017/18

38 Weeks full time £9250.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre.

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.  At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.  Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools. 

Indicative modules

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Teaching and assessment

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments. 

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

DBS & School Experience Costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

 Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

 Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

Applications and Contact us

All applications for a PGCE must be made through UCAS Teacher Training. As soon as you have made your application you need to take your Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. You need to have passed these in order to take up a place on a PGCE. It is an advantage to have passed these before attending interview. Cathy Childs Head of Dance PGCE Secondary Dance Admissions Tutor c.childs@chi.ac.uk