Shakespeare in Education: Exploration and Creative Techniques for the Classroom

  • 30 hours
  • 10 weeks


This short course will help teachers and practitioners explore the factors (historical, cultural and ideological) that make Shakespeare so central to the English National Curriculum. It will help you develop your use of Shakespeare through drama, film and computer games.

The ten-week course is run by UCL's Institute of Education (IOE). It's been developed in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Who this course is for

This course is for teachers and practitioners who want to:

  • explore Shakespeare's place in education (nationally and internationally)
  • teach Shakespeare through creative channels

Course content

The course will include the following:

  • discussion of the productions of Shakespeare in different contexts (e.g. classrooms, youth groups and theatres) and different modes (e.g. printed playtext, film and computer games)
  • practical workshops and a live theatre visit
  • introduction to games-authoring software
  • insights into young people's interactions with Shakespeare¬†¬†

Teaching, structure and assessment

This module will be taught at 5.30pm every Wednesday for 10 weeks.

Teaching will be a mix of seminar discussions and practical workshops including a live theatre visit.

Entry requirements

Suitable candidates would ideally have a good degree (at least a 2:2) in English or a related area such as drama or cultural studies. Other degree subjects should be supplemented by substantial experience of working with young people in relevant educational or cultural settings.

English language requirements: overseas students generally should have IELTS with a 7.0 overall (with Reading 6.5 and Writing 6.0).

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll be able to: 

  • have a theoretical understanding of Shakespeare's place in the cultural lives, learning and education of children and young people
  • understand the theory and research behind teaching Shakespeare in various education contexts
  • reflect upon and conduct research into your own practice
  • communicate your findings to a wider audience

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Course team

Dr Jane Coles

Jane is the MA English Education Programme Leader and a Lecturer in English Education at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). She taught English in London secondary schools for more than 15 years. She has edited Othello as part of the Cambridge Schools Shakespeare series and co-edited Richard III and Measure for Measure.

Dr John Yandell

John taught in inner London Secondary schools for 20 years. He now leads the Secondary PGCE English and English with Drama course at UCL IOE and is the author of The Social Construction of Meaning, published by Routledge.

Professor Andrew Burn

Andrew is Professor of Media Education at UCL IOE and Director of the DARE Centre, a research collaboration with the British Film Institute. He has published work on many aspects of media.

Dr Nick Walton

Nick is the Shakespeare Courses Development Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He is also the Executive Secretary to the International Shakespeare Association.

Course information last modified: 20 Jul 2017, 16:50