About this course

The Altius Alliance will ensure that you are trained, coached and mentored by experienced, highly effective practitioners and Specialist leaders of Education (SLEs) to achieve QTS and a PGCE (SCITT).

All trainees undertake at least one of their three assessed placements at a Laurus school.

The Drama department at Cheadle Hulme High School has two drama studios with use of a full lighting rig, staging blocks and sound system as well as a new auditorium in the Sixth Form Centre, which acts as another teaching and performance space.

The department consists of a Director of Faculty plus two Drama teachers.

At KS3 students develop the necessary skills for GCSE such as characterisation, devising, using dramatic devices, analysis and script work, as well as developing expertise in leadership, cooperation, creativity and communication.

At GCSE we follow the Edexcel exam board.

Extra-curricular provision is a focus of the Faculty. Across the Performing Arts Faculty there are Drama Clubs for Years 7 – 9, Spotlights G&T Academy (Year 8-10), Limelights G&T Academy (Year 11-13), an annual school musical production, as well as numerous musical bands/ensembles.


The course:

The course runs from September to the end of June.

All of the time is spent in schools (apart from 4 days at university to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (SCITT).

  • The course comprises:
  • Generic teacher training
  • Drama pedagogy programme – reflecting the KS3 and KS4 content outlined above
  • SEND with mental health programme
  • Three assessed teaching placements
  • Enhancement placements – at SEND school and Post 16 placement (unassessed)
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • PGCE (SCITT) with 60 Masters credits



QTS: This is an evidence based course where trainees are required to maintain and submit files of evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards (DfE). These files comprise school experience files, formal lesson observations, pedagogy tasks, specific generic and curriculum-based tasks.

PGCE (SCITT): Two assignments (5000 words each) at Masters level.

‘The SCITT has an excellent reputation for producing NQTs who are confident and competent teachers.’ (Ofsted 2017)


How to apply

Please apply via the UCAS website>

UCAS code: 2QHB

Entry Requirements

Performing Arts: Drama

You should be a graduate with a 2:2 or above honours degree.