PGCE Secondary Religious Education (QTS)

Course length: 1 year full-time


This course will prepare you to teach secondary religious education in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic faith schools, academies and local authority secondary schools, across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement . You will develop a good understanding of religious education and gain a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding to help you develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. In addition to enhancing your subject knowledge, the course will develop your practical teaching skills to meet the standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will improve your ability to demonstrate a range of key skills, that will support your wider professional development.

The course is designed to help deepen your knowledge and understanding of not only Christianity, which is the main religion taught within all schools, but also all of the other major world religions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. During your studies you will be introduced to current debates and practices within religious education, as well as those issues relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. You will be provided with opportunities to engage in the use of study trips to a variety of places of worship, including synagogues, churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and pagodas in teaching RE.

School Experience

You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves teaching placements. You will undertake 40 weeks of full-time study at Newman (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 weeks in school. This focuses on an introduction to secondary teaching, developing standards through partnership school experience and extending and developing your professional skills. Experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide beginning teachers with support and guidance - will support you through these placements.

Partnership Tutors from Newman will also be allocated to provide advice and support. You will attend taught sessions at Newman which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom. A key feature of the course is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests thorough individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of religious education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.

One of the best features of studying this course at Newman is the high level of tutor support it offers. You may also have the option to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS), which enables you to teach in Catholic schools.

Special Features

You can expect a variety of different teaching methods including off-site teaching, study visits, seminars, lectures and visiting experts in related fields of RE
• Newman has excellent links with Birmingham’s faith communities
• Assessment methods are varied and include essays, presentations, seminar preparation, school-based reports, teaching files and appraisal of practical teaching skills
• To enable you to teach in Catholic schools you will have the opportunity to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Teaching Methods and Assessment

A variety of teaching methods are used, including off-site teaching, study visits, seminars, lectures and visiting experts in related fields of RE. Assessment methods include essays, presentations, seminar preparation, school-based reports, teaching files and appraisal of practical teaching skills.


"[The students] felt that the preparation for school experience one was very good and that this calmed the anxieties they had about embarking on their first experience of teaching."
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Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2:2 or above) of which Theology or an R.E related subject forms part, or a recognised equivalent qualification. For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.

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2017/18: £9,250*

* 2018/19 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

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Course structure

PGCE Secondary Religious Education (QTS)

An Introduction to Secondary School Teaching
Learning and Teaching in Religious Education
School Experience One
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
Whole School Issues in the Secondary School
Developing the Standards through Partnership:
School Experience Two (Triple Module)
Becoming a More Effective of Teacher of Religious Education
Developing Professional Standards Through Focus Weeks

The example modules shown are for the current academic year and are indicative only, for future academic years. The module options may change to reflect new developments or practices within the subject field, the teaching and research interests of our staff and statutory policy requirements from the Department of Education.

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