● Integrate knowledge and practical, professional skills
● Complete two teaching placements in partner schools
● Option to gain Masters level credits
Secondary Religious Education at Winchester is an innovative, flexible, postgraduate programme that enables you to study either full-time or part-time. The course combines a tradition of high-quality provision in Theology and Religious Studies with a national reputation for Initial Teacher Education within the Department.
Throughout the course, you develop an understanding of both the theory and practice of teaching RE using a range of learning and teaching approaches. You are supported in developing practical classroom skills both in teaching RE and in the teacher’s wider professional role.
Our programme is designed to give you the theoretical knowledge and professional skills to teach RE in secondary schools – you can prepare to teach the 11–16 or 11–18 age ranges. You also have the opportunity to gain Masters level credits (up to 60 credits). The programme consists of six modules, all of which have to be completed for the award of PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You study core modules in Enhancing and Applying Subject Knowledge, Current Issues Related to Subject Specialism, and two modules of Professional Studies, along with two teaching placements which are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.
The teaching team includes University staff with specialisms in RE and in Initial Teacher Education, Local Authority advisers and staff, Diocesan advisers, and secondary school teacher tutors. You are supported through a combination of face-to-face University-based teaching and directed self-study/research. Seminars and workshops are supported by school-based tasks to enable you to integrate theory and practice.
The programme leads to a PGCE Secondary Religious Education with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Graduates go on to obtain teaching positions in various secondary schools and other school settings (such as special schools, independent schools, pupil referral units and sixth form colleges) as highly successful RE teachers and future leaders.
UK, EU, World
The course includes school experience totalling 120 days.
Start date: September
Teaching takes place: Daytime
The teaching team includes University staff with specialisms in RE and in Initial Teacher Education; local authority advisers and staff; diocesan advisers; and secondary school teacher tutors. Students are supported through a combination of face-to-face university-based teaching and directed self-study/ research. Seminars and workshops are supported by school-based tasks to enable theory and practice to be integrated.
There is a requirement for students to complete 120 days in school - students cannot be recommended for QTS unless we have evidence that they have completed these days. The penalty for not completing 120 days in school is that they cannot be recommended for QTS but students can still receive the academic award. For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library.
Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at West Downs (Winchester).
All modules are assessed either by assignment or by achievement of success against the teachers' standards during school experience. Assignments are varied to capture students' differing strengths and include essays, presentations and portfolios.
Feedback is given for all assignments in order that students can improve their academic writing as the programme progresses.
School placements are assessed through graded observations measured against the teachers' standards. The observations include detailed feedback, usually made by the class teacher and a university link-tutor.
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.
Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an open evening or contacting our teaching staff.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.
Visit the Secondary Religious Education - PGCE page on the University of Winchester website for more details!