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PGCE Secondary Religious Education

Course Description

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary religious education, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.

On the course you:
-Learn how to teach religious education across Key Stages 3 and 4.
-Understand different techniques and approaches to behaviour management.
-Learn how to plan lessons and assess student work.
-Learn how to develop resources.
-Learn about the wider role of teachers in school.
-Gain knowledge about schools and the education system.
-Apply your skills and knowledge on school placements.

We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach religious education.

You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for personal development.

School placements are central to the course. You complete two teaching placements, one in the autumn term between mid-October and December and the second longer placement from February to June. During this time you are supported by a University-trained mentor with regular meetings and observations. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

By the end of the placements you are able to show how you meet the qualified teacher status standards that are required by this course.

We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools. Many of the mentors at our partnership schools also come to the University to speak in the teaching sessions.

Your placements are complemented by university and academy-based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study and tutorials. The course is assessed by a combination of academic assignments and practical hands on experience in the classroom.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

If you are studying for a PGCE you may be entitled to a tax-free bursary. For further information about financial support see the funding pages on the Department for Education Teaching Agency (DfE) website.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-secondary-religious-education

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified. For more information visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect

Course structure

Full time – 1 year. Starts September.

-Developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary religious education
-Learning and teaching in context in religious education
-Block placement 1
-Block placement 2

We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.

Assessment: research projects, individual and group work, presentations and reports, preparing teaching materials and plans, teaching practice.

Other admission requirements

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in religious studies-related or other educational activities.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process. http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/210

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page. http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/english-language-entry.html

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Visit the PGCE Secondary Religious Education page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs. You must also: hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of theology, religious studies or philosophy; successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership; complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. See course description for further admission details.

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