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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. 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.


Visit the Secondary Religious Education with QTS - PGCE page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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