PGCE Religious Education at Edge Hill University - UCAS

Course summary

The world is a diverse place. As a Religious Education (RE) teacher, you’ll show young people the range of worldviews and perspectives which people around the world hold, and how this informs the way communities live their lives. Our PGCE Secondary Religious Education delves into the values and academic skills you’ll need. Get to grips with contemporary teaching styles and methods, and further your knowledge of this fascinating subject. We’ve designed this course so you can combine learning on campus with practical experience in the classroom. Whenever you need support or feedback, you can turn to your subject specific tutors and school-based expert mentor. We’re here to help you become the best teacher you can be. This course equips you for your future career, offering hands-on experience in planning RE lessons. You’ll also get the chance to meet and build connections with representatives from a range of world views including Humanism and Veganism, alongside members of traditional faith communities. Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). What you'll study During this course, you will develop your understanding of what effective RE looks like with a focus on Key Stage 3 and 4. Learn to plan lessons which help pupils develop the skills they need to be engaged and informed in their local and global communities. Explore how to apply subject specific approaches relating to worldviews, religions, and philosophical and ethical matters. These experiences are designed to help you understand how RE can promote discussions around faith and encourage young people to embrace diversity. Get a better understanding of life as a secondary RE teacher through placements in two different settings. Reflect on your progress and build on your academic skills with support from your subject specific tutor and school-based expert mentor. We’ll also make sure you have the tools to support online or remote teaching. To boost your confidence in the classroom, you’ll explore the ways pupils learn and develop classroom management techniques. You’ll also develop effective assessment methods and engagement strategies. We’ll explain how to check your teaching is always adaptive and inclusive.


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Assessment method

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Religious Education. Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your two-year induction as an early career teacher.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

How to apply

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Entry requirements

To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have: A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours in a relevant subject. Non-relevant subjects may be considered if you have an A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Religious Education and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement; GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification); Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence; A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.

Fees and funding

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PGCE Religious Education at Edge Hill University - UCAS