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PGCE Secondary Religious Education with QTS (including School Direct)

  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    £9250

  • Last Updated

    19 July 2018

Course Content

Course content

For the vast majority of the world’s population, religious beliefs and practices are a part of daily life. Our course aims to help you further develop and share your interests in religious beliefs within an educational environment, raising cultural awareness amongst young people.

Course overview

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher.

We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

Core (University-led) Route

This one-year, full-time course, leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Secondary) from the University of Chester. Successful completion also results in the completion of three M level modules which may be used towards a Master's Degree. All candidates wishing to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will be required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you can start the course. 

While we may be one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, we’re also a modern and innovative institution, with a well-deserved reputation for the quality of our education. The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services has been awarded 'Outstanding' status by Ofsted, credited with delivering "high levels of academic and pastoral care" - Ofsted Report 2016.

Why Study Secondary Religious Education (including School Direct) with QTS with us?

The Religious Education course has a strong emphasis on cultural awareness and trainees will work closely with other trainees at a number of points during the year to enhance this awareness. The University has strong links with the local Development Education Centre.

Religious Education trainees will gain experience in schools within the area, enriching their practice and subject knowledge, developing knowledge and understanding for their future careers.

The course is designed to ensure you are confident in all basic national curriculum requirements.

What will I learn?

In essence, the course will start you on your professional journey as a teacher. We aim to provide high-quality education and training, and modules will provide you with:

  • critical understanding of pedagogy, assessment and curriculum
  • critical knowledge, understanding and skills in specialist age phases and subjects
  • critical knowledge and understanding of wider professional issues, e.g. behaviour management and inclusive practice
  • enrichment opportunities at least 120 days of school-based learning.

How will I be taught?

Professional and academic learning takes place within University and partnership settings in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.

School-based learning will move you from observation through group work to whole class teaching.

You will be expected to undertake 10 independent preparation and consolidation study hours (minimum) per week for the University course, in addition to full teaching days when on placement.

How will I be assessed?

Professional and academic learning is assessed through assignments and directed activities.

School-based learning is assessed holistically against the Teachers’ Standards.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus.


Visit the PGCE Secondary Religious Education with QTS (including School Direct) page on the University of Chester website for more details!

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