Address all aspects of secondary religious education teaching, and learn from experienced religious education teachers and specially trained mentors with the PGCE Secondary Religious Education.
This Postgraduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Religious Education (RE) course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
This course explores secularism and non-secularism education. You’ll consider the purpose of religious education in schools, exploring topics such as morality, philosophy, ethics and logic.
You will have the opportunity to visit places of worship to explore how these buildings can be used in teaching, but also to engage in dialogue with people of different faiths, particularly in the local areas in and surrounding Reading. We are lucky to host guest speakers from both the local area and further afield across the country – the Humanist UK Society, the County Inspector Adviser for Religious Education and speakers from a number of faiths including, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism.
As part of the course we also look at Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE), pastoral care, and citizenship.
Your assignments are designed to help you plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. Tutors weave together personal experience, practice and research into challenging but highly practical and relevant sessions.
You will learn in first-class facilities through a series of practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.
Sessions may include:
talks on religious education from the University of Reading and our partnership schools
micro-teaching sessions on topics such as how to assess pupil's work and support them to GCSE and A level
visits to sites of religious interest and places of worship
participating in workshop style sessions with your peers on how to enable pupils to understand the beliefs and practices of different religions#
working on tasks in groups to learn how to develop critical thinking skills in pupils so they can explore ethical and philosophical issues
having individual tutorials
writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies.
These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.
Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.
Placements enable you to develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers - you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.
At Secondary level we have strong relationships with around 90 schools in the local and surrounding area. It is a testament to the strength of these partnerships and the regard with which our graduates are held, that most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education.
On your Secondary PGCE course, you are required to carry out three placements in two different age groups — ensuring you receive a broad range of experiences. Two placements must be undertaken in a school setting, but the third can be taken in a different setting, allowing you to sample teaching in an alternative environment.
We offer our students an unusually flexible and broad range of contexts and educational environments - you will have the opportunity to gain experience in special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums and charities.
You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your course to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in:
observation of other teachers
planning and teaching small groups and whole classes
planning and teaching elements of lessons and whole lessons
reflecting on and evaluating your teaching
receiving feedback on your teaching
gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers.
The quality of our research was recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, placing the Institute of Education in the top quartile of education departments in the UK.
REF also rated more than 80% of our research publications as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.
This subject is also available via School Direct as well as the University-based route. Those students following a School Direct route may be studying for a PGCE or QTS only. However, all students come together as a subject group in University sessions.
Those taking the PGCE will spend more time in the University than those taking the QTS-only course. The PGCE will involve writing assignments that are designed to help trainees to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively, and to evaluate their developing knowledge and skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. Successful completion will result in 60 master's-level credits.
IELTS:6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics and English or equivalent. You will need to demonstrate sufficient understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and the processes involved in learning and teaching. In order to show such understanding and insight it may be beneficial to undertake a visit to a maintained secondary school.
You will be required to undertake a criminal record and occupational health check. You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of the course. This is a new DfE requirement which replaces the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
• possess good academic credentials (normally a 2:1 degree in Religious Education, Theology, Philosophy or a related discipline)
• have a good understanding of their specialism
• demonstrate an enthusiasm and passion for Religious Education and show that they can communicate this to young people
• be reflective and comment upon their own experience of being taught or from observation in school lucidly
• be aware of how pupils may view Religious Education in schools and the pressures that teachers face in their everyday work
• be ‘team players’
What will you study?
The reflective teacher
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
New international students: £16,045 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
The majority of our graduates go into schools and inspire children to develop into happy confident and well-informed individuals. Other alumni take their educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.