Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

PGCE Religious Education (11-18)

The 11-18 PGCE in RE is an innovative and intensive nine month course preparing graduates for the demands of teaching the 11-18 age range in the Secondary sector. As a PGCE RE student teacher you’ll explore the space between the ‘facts of religion’, the minds that perceive, filter and interpret them and the beliefs, motivations or convictions that inform people’s perceptions. This will allow you to ensure you are able to research, prepare and teach all aspects of the curriculum effectively. You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools. The course is organised in partnership with Schools where you spend a total of 24 weeks teaching within the 36 week long course.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice. PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

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Students will be assessed in two main ways- via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If students achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, they will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

You’ll need to be committed to becoming the best teacher you can be. You need all the basic requirements for admission to a PGCE.

In addition to the academic requirements, you should also have a recommended period of at least ten days school experience in the year prior to application, preferably in a UK state school, observing the age group and curriculum relevant to the PGCE course for which an application is being made.

Before you start the course you will need to have undertaken DBS and Health clearance through the University.

Offers of a place on the programme are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Discolsure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and completion of the Government Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.

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UCAS code

  • 2CQ9


  • 1 year

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject related to RE which could include Religious Studies, Theology, Biblical Studies, Philosophy, Social-anthropology and Psychology. English and Maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent for Secondary (11-18). To have passed the government's skills tests in literacy and numeracy.




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