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Today's world is beset by problems, and yet as a society we are given few opportunities to consider the big questions of life. Religious Education gives learners this opportunity. Read more

Today's world is beset by problems, and yet as a society we are given few opportunities to consider the big questions of life. Religious Education gives learners this opportunity. The Religious Education PGCE programme supports students in developing the skills they need to help pupils explore what they think about life, the world and beyond.

About this programme

This programme provides an understanding of why religious education is taught in schools and allows student teachers the chance to research how the subject has evolved and thus is just as relevant as part of the English curriculum today as it always has been. The Religious Education PGCE also enables students to reflect upon the aims of religious education and how different pedagogies can support learners to develop key religious education skills and be challenged and excited by the world today. The programme prepares religious education student teachers to teach the 11-16 age range.

Students undertake two level 7 (Master’s-level) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits. These can be carried forward onto full Master’s programmes at the IOE.

The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.

Completion of the Professional Practice module and the two level 7 (Master’s level) modules (60 credits) will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Completion of the Professional Practice module and one or two level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s level) modules, will lead to the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE).

Core modules

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessing Religious Education (30 Master's-level credits)
  • The Philosophy of Religious Education (30 Master's-level credits)
  • Professional Practice

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme

Placement

You will spend most of your time (120 days) in schools, working with religious education mentors who support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong religious education departments. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of an ongoing portfolio charting the student's continuing professional development.

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: PGCE Religious Education

Funding

Bursaries are available for some subject programmes to students who meet the eligibility criteria. To find out what funding may be available to you, please visit the Department for Education funding page.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working in schools across London and around the UK as teachers, heads of departments and heads of year. A number of graduates continue with their Master’s level study on completion of the PGCE.

Employability

Graduates of the Secondary PGCE programme are highly employable and sought after by schools and colleges in London and beyond. Almost all graduates secure their first teaching post by the time they finish the PGCE programme. Graduates of the programme also have great career prospects, with many becoming Head of Department or a Head of Year within 2-5 years, often acting, in their schools, as mentors to new PGCE student teachers. Many of our graduates become senior teachers (such as Assistant Headteachers or Head of a Faculty) in 5-8 years of graduating, and some are now Headteachers. Others have developed their careers as subject specialist teachers and educators, both becoming lead teachers in the classroom and researching, writing and advising other teachers themselves. The Secondary PGCE Programme is a springboard into a rewarding career, not just as a skilled teacher, but as an educational leader.

Why study this programme at UCL?

This programme offers students unique opportunities such as visits to places of worship, national galleries and museums, as well as the chance to discuss religion with leading philosophers and people of faith and consider the impact of religion on society today. Current research at the IOE and elsewhere is drawn upon to inform a student's religious education teaching and encourage them to engage with recent debates and literature in the field.

Tutors on the Religious Education PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges as well as in school leadership, inspection, educational research and consultancy.

Students also benefit from the opportunity to develop strong peer networks both within the IOE and with religious education student teachers from other London providers to share ideas and resources.

Accreditation:

Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).



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School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established Religious Education PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance. Read more

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established Religious Education PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance.

About this programme

This programme provides an understanding of why religious education is taught in schools and allows student teachers the chance to research how the subject has evolved and thus is just as relevant as part of the English curriculum today as it always has been. The Religious Education PGCE / School Direct (non-salaried) course also enables students to reflect upon the aims of religious education and how different pedagogies can support learners to develop key religious education skills and be challenged and excited by the world today.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits. These can be carried forward onto full Master’s programmes at the IOE.

The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.

Completion of the Professional Practice module and the two level 7 (Master’s level) modules (60 credits) will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Completion of the Professional Practice module and one or two level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s level) modules, will lead to the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE).

Core modules

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessing Religious Education (30 Master's-level credits)
  • The Philosophy of Religious Education (30 Master's-level credits)
  • Professional Practice

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme

Placement

You will spend most of your time (120 days) in schools, working with religious education mentors who support you through your school placements. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placement at the host school or alliance. Assessment is by the observation of practical teaching, assignments and a portfolio (which links into continuing professional development in the induction year).

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: School Direct (Tuition Fee): Religious Education

Funding

Bursaries of up to £9,000 are available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the Religious Education programme. To find out what funding may be available to you, please visit the Department for Education website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across schools in London and around the UK as teachers, heads of departments and heads of year. Some graduates decide to pursue an academic science education route by pursuing Master's or doctoral level study.

Employability

Graduates of the Secondary PGCE programme are highly employable and sought after by schools and colleges in London and beyond. Almost all graduates secure their first teaching post by the time they finish the PGCE programme. Graduates of the programme also have great career prospects, with many becoming Head of Department or a Head of Year within 2-5 years, often acting, in their schools, as mentors to new PGCE student teachers. Many of our graduates become senior teachers (such as Assistant Headteachers or Head of a Faculty) in 5-8 years of graduating, and some are now Headteachers. Others have developed their careers as subject specialist teachers and educators, both becoming lead teachers in the classroom and researching, writing and advising other teachers themselves. The Secondary PGCE Programme is a springboard into a rewarding career, not just as a skilled teacher, but as an educational leader.

Why study this programme at UCL?

This course offers students unique opportunities such as visits to places of worship, national galleries and museums, as well as the chance to discuss religion with leading philosophers and people of faith and consider the impact of religion on society today. Current research at the IOE and elsewhere is drawn upon to inform a student's religious education teaching and encourage them to engage with recent debates and literature in the field.

Tutors on the Religious Education PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges as well as in school leadership, inspection, educational research and consultancy. Students also benefit from the opportunity to develop strong peer networks both within the IOE and with religious education student teachers from other London providers to share ideas and resources.

Accreditation:

This route leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).



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Our Initial Teacher Education course in Religious Education received the top grade in all areas in the last Ofsted subject inspection. Read more

Our Initial Teacher Education course in Religious Education received the top grade in all areas in the last Ofsted subject inspection. The course tries to develop a deep understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of religious education, religious studies and philosophy education. We wish to develop you as a thinking teacher who can be aware of a variety of effective ways to teach Religious Education and make informed decisions about how you work with students. 

Find out more about the Beyond the Ordinary national campaign which highlights the benefits of a career in teaching religious education. There is also a bursary of £9,000 currently available for those with a 1st degree/Phd and £4,000 for those with a 2.1 degree/Master's. 

At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits at Master’s level (out of 180), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice.

Following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, you can return to complete an MA in Teaching Studies (data collection and a 15,000 word dissertation). Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

Course details

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teaching training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. 

The Initial Teacher Education course

The PGDipEd course lasts 36 weeks, of which 24 are spent in our partnership schools.

Teaching practice will take several forms: school placements and also team teaching while at the University. You will also get involved in small scale research projects for your assignments so that you can evaluate the theory in practice and integrate this learning into your own teaching.

The course will not pretend that teaching Religious Education is straightforward, because it is not! Our sessions will rarely be of the form of a lecture, instead we use activities and discussion as the main way of working.

We will help you become aware of issues relating to planning lessons, assessment, the difference between telling students information and teaching students, how to provide learning experiences which meet the needs of students with different learning styles, how different approaches to teaching a topic can change the learning experience for students, how choice of teaching methods, resources and technology can change the sort of religious education with which students engage. Along the way we will, of course, also introduce you to the National Framework and local agreed syllabuses for religious education and you will have some opportunities to experience religion at first hand!

You will also get an opportunity to plan, resource and delivering a 6th form conference at the university of Birmingham for over 100 Year 12 and 13 pupils from local schools. This is a unique opportunity and experience and ensures you will leave your training year not only fully equipped to plan, resource and teach A Level but also with the skills of team work, planning for diversity and inclusion and the skills of conference management.

Religious Education students who successfully complete their PGDipED year are eligible to apply for the MA in Teaching Studies once they have completed their NQT year of teaching and within 5 years of passing the PGDipED. The MA in Teaching and Learning is part-time and you study for this alongside your teaching role in school.

Those students who qualified through the University of Birmingham in the PgDipEd (QTS) Religious Education can take advantage of a generous grant scheme run by Culham St Gabriel’s Trust called 3ForRE which enables alumni to undertake the masters qualification in an affordable, manageable way. It is a unique scheme based on a three-way partnership between RE Teachers, schools and Culham St Gabriel’s Trust. Culham St Gabriel’s will currently pay up to £1500 per year of fees for those University of Birmingham PGDipED Religious Education alumni who undertake a dissertation on an RE theme and are accepted onto the MA Teaching Studies programme following a successful NQT year.

Employability

Many local schools have a high regard for Birmingham Religious Education PGDipEd (QTS) students and we have an excellent record of students gaining jobs at the end of the course. For 2013-14, 93% of graduates obtained a post in teaching (with the remaining 7% undertaking further study or choosing to acquire employment outside of teaching). Many of our ex-students are now Heads of Departments in our partnership schools. 



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In this MA programme, students explore political and philosophical debates that have influenced learning and teaching in citizenship, history and religious education. Read more

In this MA programme, students explore political and philosophical debates that have influenced learning and teaching in citizenship, history and religious education. Students nominate one of these subjects as their main specialism, and are encouraged and enabled to critically reflect on principles and issues that relate to policy and professional practice in their specialist subject.

About this degree

Students explore the key concepts involved in understanding education in their subject specialism, of Citizenship, History or Religious Education. They will develop an understanding of contemporary issues and key research findings associated with their subject specialism and related areas, and be supported to apply this knowledge in practice and in wider school life. In addition to a main subject, students can choose to nominate a second 'minor' specialism.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), and either two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Core modules

Students take one core module and one subject-specific compulsory module. Subject-specific compulsory modules vary each year. Please see below for the core module (listed first), followed by the subject-specific compulsory modules for 2018/19.

  • What is Education?
  • Learning to Live Together: Children’s Rights, Citizenship and Identities
  • Effective Learning in History
  • Issues and Debates in Religious Education

Optional modules

Students choose either two or three optional modules from a range available either within the programme or from the wider UCL Institute of Education (IOE) offering. 

Please contact the Programme Leader for advice about optional modules. 

Dissertation/report

All students submit either a 2,000-word proposal and a 17,000-word dissertation, or a 1,500-word proposal and 8,000-word report.

Teaching and learning

The dissertation/report module includes an online ‘Integrated Research Methods’ course which students take at the beginning.

Students are allocated a dissertation/report supervisor. For most of the module, teaching and learning takes place through regular one-to-one research supervision. These supervisions can be conducted face-to-face and/or via distance learning. 

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Citizenship, History or Religious Education (Humanities) MA

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers, senior leaders and head teachers in schools (in the UK and internationally), while others work for governments in curriculum design. At least one graduate from this programme can be found working as a senior officer for the United Nations Development Programme.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Department Manager, George Washington University
  • Humanities and History Co-ordinator, Singapore International School
  • Secondary School Teacher, North London Secondary School
  • Teacher (History), Unspecified Primary School

Employability

The programme develops students' ability to think critically and analytically about theory and practice in educational settings and the ability to organise and evaluate empirical and theoretical claims and arguments about educational aims and practices. Students learn to organise, evaluate and present data and argument in robust and critically informed ways and to read, design, conduct and evaluate educational research, taking account of relevant practical, theoretical and ethical issues. 

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MA is located in the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, a world-leading centre for subject-specialist education. By studying this MA you will have the opportunity to reflect on practice in your chosen subject specialism – Citizenship, History or Religious Education - and, through assignments focused on contemporary subject-specific teaching and learning, you will have opportunities to develop and evaluate interventions to enhance teaching and learning in your subject specialism. You will be encouraged to read widely specialist literature, to innovate and test ideas and to contribute to ongoing discussions about improving subject-specialist education.

Our programme offers students the opportunity to combine online study with face-to-face sessions, or to pursue their studies entirely by online learning. We recognise that many students value face-to-face interaction, and most of our modules include a small number of seminars at UCL Institute of Education. There is scope however for online interaction for those participating from a distance.

Most students will exit the programme with a Master's degree in Citizenship Education, History Education, or Religious Education. Depending on the combination of modules taken, some students may be able to exit with an MA in two subjects (major/minor). Please contact the Programme Leader for further information.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The PGCE Secondary Religious Education course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will prepare you for the teaching profession (see course calendar below). Read more
The PGCE Secondary Religious Education course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will prepare you for the teaching profession (see course calendar below).

The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and excellent secondary Religious Education teacher. Creativity, innovation, critical reflection, academic rigour and professionalism are key attributes which we highly regard, foster and expect from you if you are accepted onto our course.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Key Features

In choosing this course you will be guided and supported by quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision. The Religious Education Department boasts a fully bilingual provision, which is supported further by the long-established English and Welsh medium schools and very experienced school/college mentors who are in partnership with us.

Being geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales, and having the best employment rate throughout Wales makes it easy to understand why our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training and Secondary PGCE Religious Education training in Wales. Choosing this course means that you’ll be able to utilise a wide variety of excellent Religious Education and ICT resources, and enjoy a range of post-course continued professional development opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Religious Education graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: The John Bentley School (Wiltshire), Pontypridd High School, Mary Immaculate High School (Cardiff), Caerphilly County Borough Council, Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen (Bridgend), Heronsbridge School (Bridgend), Groby Brookvale High School (Leicester), St Martin's Comprehensive School (Caerphilly), St Cyres School (Penarth), Aberareon Secondary School, Ysgol y Deri (Penarth), Avonbourne College (Bournemouth), Richard Hale Boy's School (Essex) and Queen Elizabeth High School (Carmarthen).

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This PGCE will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Religious Education. Read more
This PGCE will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Religious Education. You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, which immerses you in the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies. The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective RE lessons and learning strategies.

Hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge is an integral part of the programme and helps you to develop useful contacts for the future, through meeting and talking with faith practitioners from a variety of world religions.

If you have a degree in Religious Education or a related subject, want to raise cross-cultural awareness and encourage empathy, enquiry and critical thinking in secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, this is the programme for you.

What will I study?

You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit. This will identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:

- Understanding of the role RE can play in promoting inter faith dialogue and community cohesion;
- Knowledge of essential educational and pedagogical theory in RE;
- Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including collage and display work, active learning strategies, role play, effective use of IT and presentations, videos, and the requirements of examination boards;
- Strategies to develop students’ understanding of various religious and ethical issues through discussion and debate, research, and field trips to faith communities;
- Understanding of the curriculum and Local Agreed Syllabi*, which influence the teaching of Religious Education according to the concerns and values of the faith communities within a particular area;
- Ability to plan lessons effectively;
- Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools;
- Greater subject knowledge, reflective professional and academic skills such as research methods and methodologies;
- Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values;
- Knowledge and understanding of RE as Key Stage 3 and Religious Studies at Key Stage 4 and post-16.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.

You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools, colleges and settings, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

You will also develop your subject knowledge and gain useful contacts with religious communities that could help you during your teaching career, by visiting places of worship and meeting faith practitioners from the six main world religions represented in the Local Syllabi.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Religious Education.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a dedicated team of knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and supportive tutors who have the welfare of their trainees as a number one priority.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS and progress into employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Religious Education.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.

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Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of religious education, studying with a specialist to gain the knowledge and skills to use a variety of different approaches to teaching your specialist subject; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Read more

Course Summary

Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of religious education, studying with a specialist to gain the knowledge and skills to use a variety of different approaches to teaching your specialist subject; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/secondary-religious-education#about

Course detail

• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
• Explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary music, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and managing the music classroom; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
• Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
• Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
• Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

Modules

• The Professional Teacher
• The Reflective Teacher*
• The Research Informed Teacher*
• The Subject Specialist (Secondary Religious Education)

*denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level

Format

During the course you will spend around 70% of your time in placement schools where you will be trained across the 11-16 age range. You will develop the skills and knowledge to teach religious education in a creative and imaginative way, using a variety of different approaches. You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective and research informed practitioner.

You will attend subject-specific sessions, lectures and seminars, which are designed to develop awareness and understanding of professional issues, the nature and content of the religious education curriculum and the role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the teaching of religious education, and issues such as planning and assessment.

You will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and up to 60 Masters level credits.

Assessment

The Teachers’ Standards 2012 provide the framework by which your progress in your teaching is judged. These are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities, which define the level at which you meet the standards.
Your assignments and documentary evidence are managed through a webfolio, bringing together your experiences and activities into a coherent structure. It will help you engage in critical self-evaluation of your practice, enabling you to identify areas of strength and areas for future development.

Careers

Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destinations surveys show that 90% of graduate teachers will have secured full-time teaching posts to begin in the year of graduation, with a further 9% working in part-time teaching positions.

The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development.

On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda and to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary religious education, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges. Read more

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary religious education, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.

On the course you

  • learn how to teach religious education across Key Stages 3 and 4
  • understand different techniques and approaches to behaviour management
  • learn how to plan lessons and assess student work
  • learn how to develop resources
  • learn about the wider role of teachers in school
  • gain knowledge about schools and the education system
  • apply your skills and knowledge on school placements

We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach religious education.

You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for personal development.

School placements are central to the course. You complete two teaching placements, one in the autumn term between mid-October and December and the second longer placement from February to June. During this time you are supported by a University-trained mentor with regular meetings and observations. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

By the end of the placements you are able to show how you meet the qualified teacher status standards that are required by this course.

We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools. Many of the mentors at our partnership schools also come to the University to speak in the teaching sessions.

Your placements are complemented by university and academy-based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study and tutorials. The course is assessed by a combination of academic assignments and practical hands on experience in the classroom.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

If you are studying for a PGCE you may be entitled to a tax-free bursary. For further information about financial support see the funding pages on the Department for Education Teaching Agency (DfE) website.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.

For more information visit our School Direct page

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

Modules

  • developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary religious education
  • learning and teaching in context in religious education
  • block placement 1
  • block placement 2

We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.

Assessment

  • research projects
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice

Employability

After graduating you have excellent career prospects. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Some graduates choose to continue with further study or find alternative employment in education-related fields.



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Why this course?. As a teacher of religious education, you’ll open the minds of young people to different cultures, communities and belief systems around the world. Read more

Why this course?

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:

  • purposeful, inclusive and multicultural education
  • an emphasis on philosophical and critical thinking skills
  • the exploration of a variety of religious beliefs and those beliefs independent of religion
  • innovative teaching strategies informed by current research
  • a strong emphasis on the development of resourcing and course writing skills
  • opportunities for peer micro-teaching
  • expert led workshops from teacher practitioners
  • the exploration of the purposeful use of various technologies in teaching
  • opportunities for sharing resources with other RME students
  • an input by experts from faith communities
  • an insight into the content of other curricular areas in relation to RME
  • strong links with school practitioners

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.

Worldwide qualification 

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:

  • the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • the Scottish Government

Placement

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.

Guaranteed employment for Scottish & EU students

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.

Work anywhere in Scotland

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.

Learning & teaching

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.

Full-time course

The hours for the full-time course are 9am to 5pm. You’re expected to be working on course-related activity during those hours.

Part-time course

Detailed information on the week-by-week timetable for each year will be provided at the first meeting of part-time students.

Assessment

To be awarded the PGDE you must pass all course modules.

Course work

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.

Careers

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.

Typical jobs

Jobs related to this degree include:

  • Secondary Teacher
  • Head Teacher
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher

Other jobs

There are also many options for those who decide not to go into the classroom. Some alternative job roles are:

  • Charity Adviser
  • Youth Worker
  • Museum Educator
  • Education Liason roles
  • Private Tutor

Skills you'll need

  • excellent communication
  • a good imagination and creativity
  • organisational and time-management skills
  • patience
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • enthusiasm, energy and excitement for what you do


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Overview. This course will prepare you to teach. secondary religious education. in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic faith schools, academies and local authority secondary schools, across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement. Read more

Overview

This course will prepare you to teach secondary religious education in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic faith schools, academies and local authority secondary schools, across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement . You will develop a good understanding of religious education and gain a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding to help you develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. In addition to enhancing your subject knowledge, the course will develop your practical teaching skills to meet the standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will improve your ability to demonstrate a range of key skills, that will support your wider professional development.

The course is designed to help deepen your knowledge and understanding of not only Christianity, which is the main religion taught within all schools, but also all of the other major world religions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. During your studies you will be introduced to current debates and practices within religious education, as well as those issues relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. You will be provided with opportunities to engage in the use of study trips to a variety of places of worship, including synagogues, churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and pagodas in teaching RE.

School Experience

You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves teaching placements. You will undertake 40 weeks of full-time study at Newman (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 weeks in school. This focuses on an introduction to secondary teaching, developing standards through partnership school experience and extending and developing your professional skills. Experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide beginning teachers with support and guidance - will support you through these placements.

Partnership Tutors from Newman will also be allocated to provide advice and support. You will attend taught sessions at Newman which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom. A key feature of the course is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests thorough individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of religious education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs. One of the best features of studying this course at Newman is the high level of tutor support it offers.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

You may also have the option to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS), which enables you to teach in Catholic schools.

Special Features

You can expect a variety of different teaching methods including off-site teaching, study visits, seminars, lectures and visiting experts in related fields of RE.

  • Newman has excellent links with Birmingham’s faith communities.
  • Assessment methods are varied and include essays, presentations, seminar preparation, school-based reports, teaching files and appraisal of practical teaching skills.
  • To enable you to teach in Catholic schools you will have the opportunity to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Teaching Methods and Assessment

A variety of teaching methods are used, including off-site teaching, study visits, seminars, lectures and visiting experts in related fields of RE. Assessment methods include essays, presentations, seminar preparation, school-based reports, teaching files and appraisal of practical teaching skills.



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This programme is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in generalist Catholic religious education for those who wish to teach religious education in Catholic primary or secondary schools. Read more
This programme is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in generalist Catholic religious education for those who wish to teach religious education in Catholic primary or secondary schools. It is an on-line distance learning programme and covers Aspects of theological education.

Why this programme

-The Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning (along with the necessary church approval) will allow you to teach in Catholic schools.
-It will provide you with the requisite understanding of the main tenets of Catholic Christian theology, the Catholic vision of education and the methodology appropriate to Catholic religious education.
-This programme is also recommended if you are a qualified teacher and want to re-visit your understanding of these issues as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
-It can be completed concurrently with a BEd or PGDE programme and the MA Primary Education in Dumfries, (or subsequently on completion of any of these programmes).
-CREDL is the University of Glasgow route for qualified teachers or students studying an ITE programme at other universities.

Programme structure

CREDL is the University of Glasgow route for qualified teachers or students studying an ITE programme at other universities.

Core courses
-Aspects of theological education 1
-Aspects of theological education 2.

For each course you will produce a portfolio, a 1,500-word essay.

Career prospects

As a graduate you would have all the necessary attributes and accreditation to progress into teaching roles within Catholic education.

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This programme is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in generalist Catholic religious education for those who wish to teach religious education in Catholic primary or secondary schools. Read more

This programme is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in generalist Catholic religious education for those who wish to teach religious education in Catholic primary or secondary schools. It is an on-line distance learning programme and covers Aspects of theological education.

Why this programme

  • The Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning (along with the necessary church approval) will allow you to teach in Catholic schools.
  • It will provide you with the requisite understanding of the main tenets of Catholic Christian theology, the Catholic vision of education and the methodology appropriate to Catholic religious education.
  • This programme is also recommended if you are a qualified teacher and want to re-visit your understanding of these issues as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • It can be completed concurrently with a BEd or PGDE programme and the MA Primary Education in Dumfries, (or subsequently on completion of any of these programmes).
  • CREDL is the University of Glasgow route for qualified teachers or students studying an ITE programme at other universities. 

Programme structure

CREDL is the University of Glasgow route for qualified teachers or students studying an ITE programme at other universities. 

Core courses

  • Aspects of theological education 1
  • Aspects of theological education 2.

For each course you will produce a portfolio, a 1,500-word essay.

Career prospects

As a graduate you would have all the necessary attributes and accreditation to progress into teaching roles within Catholic education.



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The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is a new route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places which can be applied for. Read more

The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is a new route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Participating schools, or clusters of schools that join together, are allocated a set number of student-teacher places which can be applied for. Students will earn a salary while they train.

About this programme

Students will be part of a school team from the start and will receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. Opportunities will exist to build networks with fellow trainees. This route leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

There are two compulsory school placements. Students are expected to complete the associated tasks, and to build a portfolio of evidence during the academic year to demonstrate they have met national teaching standards.

Students do not undertake academic credits on this programme. However, all components will need to be assessed to gain QTS.

Core modules

  • Professional Practice

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme

Placement

As part of the programme students will spend time in placement at a school or college, during which time their teaching practice will be supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. For this programme students will spend the majority of the programme in school, employed as an unqualified teacher.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via a series of lectures and workshop at the UCL Institute of Education for 15 days (10 days' Professional Studies and five days subject-specific training) spread over the autumn and spring terms. The placement schools are responsible for providing an additional 45 days of training activities, alongside the practical teaching experience. Students are assessed on their practical teaching of Religious Education and their progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status by gathering evidence in the form of a portfolio.

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: School Direct (Salaried): Religious Education QTS/Teacher Training

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of UCL Institute of Education's Religious Education teacher training programmes are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as heads of department and heads of year, while others have jobs as headteachers. Graduates in this area can also be found working as teachers of religious education and philosophy and ethics.

Employability

Most of the student teachers trained through this route are employed by training school or within the cluster after completing the programme. The nature of this route to Qualified Teacher Status is for schools to train students who are committed to the values and ethos of the school or academy and wish to develop their teaching career within the school or cluster which invested in their training.

Why study this programme at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been providing first-class teaching training, in partnership with schools and colleges for over 100 years and all of their initial teacher training programmes have been rated as outstanding. Founded in 1902, as a teacher training college in London, the IOE is a world-class research and teaching institute. IOE graduates are highly sought after in schools and colleges throughout London and the UK. The central location in historic Bloomsbury means that you are in the heart of London.

There are over 40 schools and colleges in the Greater London area and beyond participating in the School Direct (Salaried) programme. 

Each of these offer student-teacher places in at least one national curriculum subject area and many of them have places across a broad range of subjects.

Accreditation:

This route leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). 



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This PGCE programme is designed for those with degree level subject knowledge in Theology, Sociology, Psychology or Philosophy and a good background in Religious Studies at school, who wish to teach RE in secondary schools. Read more
This PGCE programme is designed for those with degree level subject knowledge in Theology, Sociology, Psychology or Philosophy and a good background in Religious Studies at school, who wish to teach RE in secondary schools.

Leeds Trinity University offers Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6) initial teacher training courses in a number of subject areas. PGCE students are also registered to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7).

Benefits of PGCE Religious Education

- Leeds Trinity PGCE courses are well-established, with a longstanding reputation for excellence.
- Trainees do well on our courses, gain employment and progress in their careers.
- The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Religious Education programme offers well-structured training to teach pupils across the age and ability range in a diversity of schools, denominational and nondenominational.
- Taught university training is provided by classroom experienced subject experts. University tutors are dedicated to supporting you throughout the course and into your first job as a teacher.
- The employment rate of our students is extremely high and graduates have readily obtained teaching posts across the UK as well as within our partnership schools.
- The course qualifies you to teach Religious Education at 11–16 or 11–18, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at Key Stage 3, 4 or at Advanced Level.​

Graduate Destinations

97% of our PGCE secondary graduates have become teachers within six months of graduation, according to our most recent HESA survey.​

Study Route

You can choose to study PGCE Religious Education via the following routes​:

- The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
- PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers.
- Find out more about our partners that provide this study route: Dixons City Academy, Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance​, St Joseph’s RC Primary School​, St Wilfred’s RC High School, Featherstone and Mosaic Teacher Training​.
- PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally.

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The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. Read more

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Religious Education is a demanding curriculum area where pupils reflect on their own beliefs and values and develop critical thinking skills to enable positive action in their communities. Trainees will encounter cultural diversity through visits to places of worship from the six major religions in Manchester and engage in dialogue with people from other faiths and cultural backgrounds. There is an emphasis on both practical and theoretical teaching skills.

A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Features and benefits of the course

-State-of-the-art teaching facilities at our Brooks Building in Manchester

-Experience in a diverse range of schools and colleges

-Choice of University led, School Direct or Assessment Only routes to Qualified Teacher Status

-Opportunity to apply for enrichment experience overseas

-Course includes 60 Masters Level credits, or one third of a Masters degree

-Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching

-Close links with our Educational and Social Research Institute

About the Course

Religious Education has a unique status in British schools as, although it is compulsory for all key stages, it does not have a nationally prescribed curriculum. The latest review of the curriculum for Religious Education from the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) states that 'RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

This course examines the nature and purpose of Religious Education in schools and provides opportunities to observe and apply a range of approaches to its teaching and learning.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Assessment details

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.



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