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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Religious Education

Course Description

Are you enthusiastic about religious education? This course will help you translate that into practical skills, so you can make it exciting and relevant for the young people you teach. We also aim to develop your skills so that you become an innovative professional, able to make a valuable contribution to the development of the subject in the future.

You are taught by a team of experienced mentors and tutors, who are all specialists. The partnership with schools, both church and community, is very strong. You also have the opportunity to visit places of worship and meet members of different faith communities. We introduce you to a range of approaches to religious education, build your confidence as a specialist in this area of the curriculum, and encourage you to develop your own area of expertise, through the modules at masters level.

Religious education is essential to the basic secondary school curriculum and it plays an important part in the personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of young people. It is often extremely popular, with large numbers of pupils taking examination courses in religious studies. This is a particularly exciting time to be teaching religious education.

Course outline

You'll begin by understanding the needs of individual learners, learning to notice, understand and implement key teaching strategies. Working with individual groups of pupils in school, you'll gradually building up to the teaching of whole classes in the second phase. This will involve fostering the appropriate levels of learning in pupils, corresponding to the requirements of the Teachers' Standard. We draw on a broad range of teaching and learning strategies, including ICT workshops, videos, visits and hands-on practical work with artefacts and resources, as well as more traditional teaching methods.

We will look at the role of a religious education teacher, working with faith communities to look at the aims of RE in spiritual and moral development. You'll use a variety of approaches towards teaching, including relationships with ICT and citizenship, to create a better learning experience for students. We believe that experience is not enough - what is vital is to be able to unpick and reflect on experiences. You'll deconstruct classroom learning activities into their constituent parts, and then build them up again and implement them in the classroom. Your personal tutor will meet with you throughout the year to discuss your progress, and your subject mentor will support your development towards QTS at your placement.

Graduate destinations

With QTS built in, you'll be able to apply for a position as a secondary school RE teacher immediately after graduation.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement. Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level.

We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Religious Education page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in a Religious Studies related subject is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2016. Where relevant we will consider other qualifications or work/voluntary experience as evidence of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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