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Secondary Religious Education with Philosophy (PGCE)

Course Description

This course is the same core as the Religious Education course but with an additional focus on Philosophy. This will entrail trainees doing additonal sessions in college concerning the teaching of philosophy of religion.

We aim to enable students to become inspiring and creative teachers who convey a genuine enthusiasm for their subject to pupils. The RE tutor team represent a wide range of faith traditions and ethical life stances. The course is intended for students with or without faith commitments. For those students without a degree in Religious Studies with Philosophy, a TDA subject knowledge booster course runs prior to the PGCE course. In the most recent Ofsted inspection, the provision in PGCE (Secondary) Religious Education at Liverpool Hope was judged to be ‘Outstanding’

Through Liverpool Hope’s well-established partnerships with schools in the region, you will be able to gain experience of teaching Religious Education with Philosophy across the 11–18 age group and across a wide range of student ability. The course is delivered in partnership with a wide range of secondary schools.

You will be supported by a team of enthusiastic and experienced tutors during your studies at university and while on school experience. The Religious Education with Philosophy course provides a broad training in all aspects of teaching Religious Education, including:

· Teaching RE at GCSE and A level

· Using artefacts in RE

· Effective assessment in RE

· Using ICT to support the teaching of RE

The workshops are interactive and differentiated to meet students’ individual needs. The Ofsted report commented that: “An observed training session in how to teach the subject was exemplary”. The course aims to prepare you to teach RE in a wide range of settings. With the support of staff from a variety of faith traditions, you will participate in discussions with faith groups and visits to places of worship. There are exciting opportunities for involvement in community projects and Holocaust education projects. In addition to the core course programme there is the opportunity to take a Philosophy Enhancement Course. This covers three distinct areas:

· Philosophy for Children

· Philosophy of Religion

· Philosophy Post-16

Optional modules are also available, leading to Church College Certificates for students intending to teach in church schools. All members of the RE teaching team have experience of working within the national context of Religious Education, so you are prepared throughout the course for enhanced career opportunities.

For those without a Theology and Religious Studies Degree an accredited Subject Enhancement Course will normally be required to have been followed:-

Religious Education Subject Enhancement Course

Liverpool Hope offers an intensive Religious Education Subject Enhancement course which develops a knowledge and understanding of the six main world religions. The taught course is delivered from Thursday 16th June to Wednesday 22nd June and builds upon distance learning tasks. Participants can follow the accredited course (30 credits at Intermediate Level) which requires the development of a portfolio of work at a cost of £300 or non-accreditation at a cost of £250. Accommodation is available at an additional cost.

The course is delivered through workshops, visits to places of worship, ICT, investigations and presentations.

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Visit the Secondary Religious Education with Philosophy (PGCE) page on the Liverpool Hope University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Grade C in English and Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent) First degree 2.1 or above (2:2 may be considered) incorporating at least 50% Religious Education with Philosophy modules. Experience of observation in a mainstream secondary state school Knowledge of the Religious Education curriculum The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education particularly as it relates to teaching of Religious Education The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process.

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