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PGCE Religious Education

Course Description

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.

Visit the PGCE Religious Education page on the Leeds Trinity University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You'll need a good honours degree (2ii) or above and preferably single honours) with a significant proportion of Theology or Religious Studies; GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) English and mathematics; Confirmation that the applicant had not been excluded from teaching nor from working with children, nor was registered with the Criminal Records Bureau as unfit for working with children or young persons; Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.

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