As a teacher of religious education, you’ll open the minds of young people to different cultures, communities and belief systems around the world. You’ll teach about different views, opinions and faiths and develop skills of reasoning, analysis, critical thinking and reflection in your pupils.
Studying on the PGDE (Secondary) Religious Education course is a rewarding and absorbing experience and our students go on to enjoy busy careers where their skills are in great demand due to the reputation for high quality which the University of Strathclyde enjoys within the teaching profession. By training to teach religious education at Strathclyde, you will benefit from:
Note that UCAS does not distinguish between RME (Religious and Moral Education in the non-denominational sector) and RERC (Religious Education in Roman Catholics Schools). The School of Education at Strathclyde focuses on RME only.
This course is a professional training course which qualifies you to teach secondary education. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by:
You'll spend 18 weeks of the course on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standards for Provisional Registration.
You must attend your placement school throughout the full working day. You must also attend school on staff in-service days, unless told otherwise by your school.
Placement is your chance to put what you're learning into practice. You'll explore your own teaching style, learn new techniques and develop relationships with your pupils.
You must keep a portfolio of progress while on placement. This placement file will form part of the evidence of your meeting the Standards for Provisional registration and prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate. This is part of the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme.
Following graduation you should contact the GTCS for provisional registration. Once you complete your probationary year, you'll be awarded full registration.
As a newly qualified teacher, you can receive an additional £8,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme if you agree to work anywhere in Scotland for your induction scheme.
The course encourages an active and participative style of learning in order to meet your professional needs, and to promote a commitment to continuing professional development.
The hours for the full-time course are 9am to 5pm. You’re expected to be working on course-related activity during those hours.
Detailed information on the week-by-week timetable for each year will be provided at the first meeting of part-time students.
To be awarded the PGDE you must pass all course modules.
Each class includes course work that involves group or independent study on specified tasks. This may involve presentations and written reports.
Although these are not assessed formally they're essential learning experiences and are course requirements.
A degree in education will equip you for a range of careers working with children and young people.
Most of our PGDE graduates go on to work as teachers in secondary schools across the country.
Secondary School Teachers in Scotland use the Curriculum for Excellence framework. They work with their class to develop skills and abilities, and encourage the pupils to expand their knowledge and understanding further.
Jobs related to this degree include:
There are also many options for those who decide not to go into the classroom. Some alternative job roles are:
Skills you'll need
Do you want to expand your understanding of international education in a fast-changing world? Are you looking to form the foundation of a future career in many different educational or training settings? If so our MA Education (International Education) course will broaden your existing knowledge and set you on the right track.
You don’t need a teaching qualification for this course and you don’t have to intend become a teacher. We take a flexible approach and encourage you to explore educational issues within an international context, helped by working alongside the wide range of students from both the UK and overseas who study on this course.
You’ll explore how the English education system works by studying the quality of learning and teaching on offer to pupils today. You’ll also look at issues aimed at improving education, management of the sector and research opportunities. While the International Education pathway from the Education Master's framework draws on the English education system, you’ll also have the chance to compare this with the situation in a range of other international contexts.
Take your degree and experience to the next level and become an expert in your area of interest in education.
This programme is a great opportunity for educators, policy makers and those in related fields to complete a postgraduate qualification that can be designed to suit a specific field of interest, and fitted around work commitments.
Design your study to suit your career goals and commitments. Choose from a range of courses covering subjects such as multicultural and international education, educational policy and leadership, youth development, and Māori, Pacific and indigenous education. Or you might explore the issues around sustainability and the environment in education, learn about evaluation and assessment, or develop your skills in teaching ESOL. We have grouped courses into study themes to help you choose.
You can complete the Master of Education either by coursework or by a combination of coursework and a thesis or dissertation.
Or you can complete the coursework-based Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
If you are planning on doing a dissertation or thesis course, you'll need to achieve an average grade of B or above for all your other postgraduate courses and a B+ or better in EDUC 503.
You don't have to jump straight in the deep end—study towards your Master of Education using the stair-casing options. The 60-point Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a great first step into postgraduate study and leads to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education which then leads to the Master of Education.
If you enrol in the Master's programme but don't complete it, you may be able to graduate with the Certificate or Diploma.
Talk to a student adviser to discuss your options.
Take advantage of flexible study options and study completely online from anywhere in the world or take a mix of online and campus-based courses. You can also choose to study all your courses in person on campus.
Most students complete the MEd part time while they are working. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.
If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year.
The Bilingualism in Education is a part-time distance learning programme, aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. Delivered in partnership with http://nassea.org.uk/professional-development/ our programme will help you to work more effectively in your role with children and young people learning English as an additional or second language.
Our Bilingualism in Education programme is aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. You will study the programme on a part-time distance learning basis.
Delivered in partnership with The Northern Association of Support Services for Equality and Achievement (NASSEA), the programme will help you to work more effectively in your role with children and young people learning English as an additional or second language.
The programme aims to:
Each student will have a personal tutor in a regional tutor group, which meets on a regular basis. Study is supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone and email contact which allows students to learn with each other. There is a university based programme launch day in September.
The MEd/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Bilingualism in Education is ideal for graduates who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of the language and learning needs of bilingual learners who are learning English as an additional language. Upon completion of this course, you will have experience in planning, implementing and evaluating the curriculum across a diversity of cultures.
There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education both within schools and in other settings, including progression to a PhD or EdD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. These include: teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators and head teachers at international schools and managers of community and charitable organisations.