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PGCE Secondary Religious Education

Course Description

All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for updates.

Other requirements:

You are expected to have a sound understanding of the RE curriculum through consulting with various websites most notably the QCA website (http://www.qca.org.uk) and others such as http://www.reonline.org.uk

You will need to have appropriate experience in UK Secondary schools undertaken in the two years prior to admission. This should include involvement in the learning and teaching process with school students and work shadowing in order to understand the wider day-to-day role of the teacher

An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English

Excellent inter-personal skills

An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenge of teaching in a Secondary school
An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers

Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to Equal Opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment

Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.

This is an exciting and 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 enage in dialogue with people from other faiths and cultural backgrounds. There is an emphasis on both practical and theoretical teaching skills.

Religous 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 Qualfication 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.

Religious Education is a shortage subject and the opportunities for gaining a first appointment are very good. Many RE teachers become heads of department early in their career, as they are often quite small departments whicih have considerable autonomy. Since Religious Education includes aspects of pastoral care and cross curricular dimensions, such as Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship which open up the wider aspects of teaching, opportunities for promotion are very good.

[Special Features]]

. Programme rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted
. National reputation in secondary teacher education
. Practice placements available in a diverse range of schools and colleges
. Course includes 60 Masters Level CAT points
. Access to Alumni Support Programme in your first year of teaching

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

Entry Requirements

2:2 or above, or equivalent in Theology, Religious Studies, or equivalent. A 2.1 is preferred.Candidates with degrees in philosophy and other related subjects will occasionally be considered for interview. However such candidates are most likely to be advised to increase and deepen their subject knowledge as a condition for entry on the course. This can be done through Open University modules. Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school. GCSE English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above, required before application.

Course Fees

Full-time UK students: £9,000. Non-EU international students £12,500

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